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Old 12-31-2012, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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As a Milford resident, many of these suggestions seem like no-brainers. The rezoning of Center Auto Body, reorganizing traffic flow, and increasing parking are all glaring needs.

Pretty well done study, wonder if the city and prospective developers will actually act on it.

http://www.ci.milford.ct.us/Public_D...03%20FINAL.pdf
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Milford, CT
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Money, Money, Money, I guess it all comes down to that and lest not forget our good buddies down in Building and Zoning that stifle businesses from coming to Milford. I can't even get contractors down here anymore.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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The parking garage alone would spur growth. The city can do a better job of selling downtown for sure.

Colony is a step in the right direction. Let's see if it starts a chain reaction or not.
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:36 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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LOL , ive seen better studys , wheres the bike lanes , or the encourages infill everywhere or bike lanes like most New England plans call for... And Amtrack , lol?
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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The problem with many studies done by universities is that they are not realistic or marketable. They contain a lot of pretty pictures and some decent ideas but they do not really work. A developer is not going to build something just because it looks nice. I am not necessarily saying that is true about this plan but Milford needs to look closely at the recommendations to see if they are real or not.

Cherry Street is on the edge of the center of Milford. A Blue Back Square type development (as mentioned in another thread) is not really realistic. It could actually look out of place.

Nexis - This is not a study of Bike lanes or transportation options so I do not see any reason for bike lanes and Amtrak to be discussed. The plan does discuss infill developments. Not sure how much more the area has room for without a major change in the character of the town. Jay
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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LOL , ive seen better studys , wheres the bike lanes , or the encourages infill everywhere or bike lanes like most New England plans call for... And Amtrack , lol?
You've never been to this area. There are recommendations for accommodating bikes but you have to understand it's a very small downtown in a small city. The fact that it has a walkable downtown with apartments in walking distance of a commuter rail puts it ahead of many towns its size in a state that's extremely car centric.

The roads in downtown aren't that wide to begin with, so adding a bike lane isn't that practical.
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:51 PM
 
Location: New Haven, CT
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More parking lots yay. The best way to ruin the scenery of any small area. The Stonebridge/ Daniel street area should stay the way it is. Its very "villagey" and I like that. Just my opinion though.
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Not sure how much more the area has room for without a major change in the character of the town.
I'm not sure I totally agree with that. As someone intimately familiar with the area, there's a lot of misappropriation of space. Using that better would not change the character of the town. The parking garage recommended would be out of view and many of the other recommendations are based on maximizing traffic, parking and pedestrian access. Of course, with those changes, it might encourage development, or new use in old buildings and medical offices. But that would be positive.
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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More parking lots yay. The best way to ruin the scenery of any small area. The Stonebridge/ Daniel street area should stay the way it is. Its very "villagey" and I like that. Just my opinion though.
There are no recommendations for more parking lots. Just redesigning what exists already, which are behind street level buildings anyway.

You'll see the main recommendations for Daniel Street include converting the auto body lot at the corner with "villagey" style street level retail and apartments. It's such a prime spot and is currently wasted. It also calls for 2-way traffic at the intersection to reduce traffic on Daniel Street.
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:38 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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The problem with many studies done by universities is that they are not realistic or marketable. They contain a lot of pretty pictures and some decent ideas but they do not really work. A developer is not going to build something just because it looks nice. I am not necessarily saying that is true about this plan but Milford needs to look closely at the recommendations to see if they are real or not.

Cherry Street is on the edge of the center of Milford. A Blue Back Square type development (as mentioned in another thread) is not really realistic. It could actually look out of place.

Nexis - This is not a study of Bike lanes or transportation options so I do not see any reason for bike lanes and Amtrak to be discussed. The plan does discuss infill developments. Not sure how much more the area has room for without a major change in the character of the town. Jay
A Good study looks at Transportation , alot of New England towns and cities are putting in bike lanes and paths along busy roads and connecting feeder streets or linking to the towns main transit center. As for Amtrak I was pointing out the spelling error "Amtrack"... The Plan does not have enough infill , ive seen more infill from other town plans like Scarsdale , Tarrytown , Metuchen , South Amboy.... As long as its 2 stories it doesn't seem to matter.
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