Letter: Opposed to proposed 67 Prospect Street development

To the editor:

I am strongly opposed to the proposed development at 67 Prospect Street in Milford. This street is part of one of the most historic areas of Milford. This is where the Rev. Peter Prudden, leader of the founding of Milford and first pastor of the First Church, was granted his home lot. It was on Prudden’s property that the first burying ground was established.

Prospect Street is part of the River Park National Register Historic District and as such is protected under the terms of the Connecticut Environmental Protection Act.

It is not just the historic house on the site, but the property itself that is of great importance because of its history. This is not even to mention that the proposed 36-unit apartment complex with 54 parking spaces will be far out of character for the neighborhood.

Several years ago Prospect Street was placed in the Milford Center Design District (MCDD) when the Plan of Conservation and Development was adopted. The plan allows this kind of development. This never should have happened. In spite of repeated requests from me and others to remove this street from the MCDD our requests have been ignored.

If the P&Z Board should tell us that they have no choice but to approve this development, it is their own doing, or, more fairly, that of past board members, that allowed this situation to take place. They had ample opportunity tp correct this outrage but did nothing.

I implore the P&Z Board to show respect for Milford’s history and correct this situation.

Richard N. Platt, Jr.

Former Milford city historian