Planning Board Approves Kmart Plaza Addition
By Kevin Rudden Staff Reporter/Columnist · July 30, 2012
The Planning Board voted unanimously on June 19 to approve a 6,000 square-foot retail addition to the existing 18,000 square-foot building located at the Kmart Plaza at 120-128 Medway Road (Route 109). Plans shown to the board depicted the addition being built at the right end of the building anchored by the Bugaboo Creek Steak House.
As part of the amended site plan approval, owner Milford Plaza Associates of New York City will redesign the parking lot to have two-way travel lanes and increases the number of spaces by 43 for a total of 857 spaces. The company also will repair the fence along the perimeter of the Scared Heart of Jesus Cemetery, revise various handicapped parking spaces per the recommendations of the Commission on Disability, and erect traffic directional signs requested by Town Engineer Michael Santora.
The board also approved a waiver of site plan allowing the School Department to build a 24-car staff parking lot on the grounds of the Woodland Elementary School at 10 North Vine St. where a basketball court now exists.
Planning Board members also gave two favorable recommendations on special permit requests that will be heard by the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA):
• Elembranitina deCastro of 7 Hillside Avenue wants permission to operate a nail salon at her property without providing an additional parking space as required by the ZBA on May 18, and
• Miso, Inc. wants permission to operate an automotive service and repair shop at an existing non-conforming building located at 13 Spruce St.
Board members and Town Planner Larry Dunkin discussed several possible changes to the Town's Zoning By-laws involving regulating junk cars; defining what a "building," "structure" and "shed" are; and, regulating solar energy systems. The board members unanimously decided to ask the Town of Bellingham – which wants Milford to add zoning protection to the portions of its drinking water aquifer lying in Milford – to plot out the areas in question on the Town of Milford's Zoning Map so that the Planning Board can visually see what properties would be affected by the request.
Dunkin described the area as ranging from Cedar St. (Route 85) east of Milford Pond toward East Main St. (Route 16) and Medway Road (Route 109) and from the Stall Brook area toward Route I-495. Most if the area already is built upon, he said.