On Tuesday, May 22, the Milford Planning Commission held their annual reorganization meeting. The commission needed to appoint a new chairman after Archie Campbell won an election to serve on City Council. Commissioner Marvin Sharp was elected Chairman; Commissioner William Lane was elected Vice-Chairman. After the meeting, the commission was presented with a preliminary subdivision request from Mispillion Realty for the Brookstone Trace development off of Old Shawnee Road.
According to City Planner Rob Pierce, the application was an amendment to a conditional use permit that was approved by City Council in September 2006. The property was annexed into the city in January 2016. Mr. Pierce said that the property had one street already constructed and curbing already installed. The applicant was seeking to add apartment buildings along with the 104 townhouses that had already been approved. The development would also have a 2,400 square-foot community center with a pool.
“My biggest question is what type of apartments will be going in there, but I also want to know how the recreation area planned will be controlled and how much will traffic increase with the addition of these apartments,” Donna Evans, who lives behind the proposed development, said. “Originally, we heard that these would be 55 and older apartments, but I don’t see that indicated anywhere now. I know that there will probably be a homeowner’s association, but we all know that pools can be difficult to maintain. The Boys and Girls Club struggles to keep theirs going, so what happens if the HOA can’t maintain it in this development?”
Jamie Masten of Masten Realty explained that 14 townhouse lots had been removed in order to five apartment buildings of 12 apartments each, totaling 60 units. He said that the development meets the parking requirements of city code and that the development was designed with buffers to protect neighbors. The development would include parking garages for owners to use that would provide additional parking as well as some privacy for surrounding neighborhoods.
“Right now we have not limited to 55 and older,” Mr. Masten said. “We are hoping to attract older buyers. The apartments will not be Section 8 or low-income because there have been several complexes built throughout Milford like that. There are very few high-quality apartments available in Milford. With the new hospital being built, we feel there will be a significant growth in the need for rental properties as some people who come here for new jobs at the hospital may not want to purchase immediately. We feel these apartments and townhouses will fill that void. Although we are hoping to sell townhouses, we know that they may be used as rental properties for some buyers. We have seen this happen in Hearthstone Manor as well.”
Mr. Masten said that the pool would be an outdoor pool which is much different than the one at the Boys and Girls Club which is an indoor pool. He said that an outdoor pool would only need maintenance six months out of the year. He said that he wanted to get started on construction of the townhouses as soon as possible, but that it may be 18 months or more before he would begin construction on the apartment buildings. Mr. Masten said that there was still a lot to do on the property to get it ready, including approval from various state agencies as well as getting water and sewer to the site.
The Planning Commission approved the request unanimously, with each commissioner stating that the development plan met all criteria based on required city ordinances.
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