Proposed 14-Unit Multiple Dwelling on Madison Slated to be Rentals

Zoning Board hears application for Milford Gardens--a 14-unit multiple dwelling on Madison Avenue.

The Zoning Board began the hearing on the application for property located at 391 Madison Avenue, Tuesday. The plans call for the construction of a three-story, 14-unit multiple dwelling with parking under the building. Because the land is currently zoned for residential use, the applicant is requesting variances from the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

The applicant, Alex and Sons Real Estate Investments, is seeking a use-variance to construct Madison Gardens--14 one and two bedroom multiple dwellings on property zoned for one-family single unit dwelling. Additionally, variances for building height, building coverage and front yard are needed.

Carmine Alampi, attorney for the applicant, said that the height is actually two stories, not three. However, because of the slope of the land, it appears to be three stories when looked at from the back of the property because the parking garage is exposed.

"From the front of the property on Madison Avenue, it's two-stories," Alampi said.

Alampi acknowledged that the property has areas of wetlands and told the Board that prior to the filing of the application, the developer spent over one year working to obtain DEP approvals and permits.

"We did receive the DEP approval and permits," Alampi said.

When asked by the Board if the units would be 'for sale' condominiums or rental units, Alampi said that they would most likely be rental units, "at least in the initial stages."

According to Alampi, in the current climate, there is no market for condominiums because bank financing is very tight.

The applicant is asking for variances for the following:

  • The applicant is proposing a height of 38.65ft where 30ft height is permitted.
  • The applicant is proposing a three-story building where two-and-a half stories are permitted. 
  • Applicant is proposing building coverage of 21 percent where 18 percent is permitted.
  • Applicant is proposing 46.625ft where 55ft from the center line of street is permitted

The hearing on this application is continued to Tuesday, March 12.


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John DeSantis February 18, 2013 at 02:24 AM
Tommy, What you described does not have to be just limited to the United Water property. A river walk or green way could stretch the entire length of town along the river. It would take time, but could be a long term plan that could gradually be accomplished. Some folks have suggested moving the football field to the UW property and restoring the existing football field to a natural state and including it as part of the water works park. What is important is to have input from the entire community, to vet all the ideas that are put forth and as a community decide together what serves this town best. What is happening now is we are being inundated with proposals that from their very conception are designed only to put profits in the coffers of the developers to the detriment of the folks who live this town. Our Planning and Zoning boards as well as the Mayor and Council should be protecting the town’s folk from these profiteering developers. Any future development of New Milford should be in the best interest of the people who live here. There should be no exceptions.
John DeSantis February 18, 2013 at 02:27 AM
Dad of 3, I am not running for council or looking for votes. What I am trying to do is influence the discussions that our elected officials are having to topics that I consider important. I will give you some examples. I will try to keep it short; you have accused me of being long winded. For over three years I’ve been trying to get some relief for the old folks with low incomes that live in the apartments of this town. To date I have not been very successful. Some of these folks are truly in dire striates. With support and help from Austin a proposal was presented to the council. They politely dismissed it. At that same meeting they discussed at length how close to an individual’s property line someone could park their recreational vehicle. Now as important as it may be to determine the acceptable distance for these vehicles to be from the neighbors, I don’t see how it compares to some old folks not having enough to eat, or cutting prescribed pills in half, or taking their pills every other day or not at all, of being so damned scared that they might end up with no place to live. I will continue to try to influence the council to make this issue a part of their agenda. continued....
John DeSantis February 18, 2013 at 02:27 AM
Over a year ago it became apparent that a development was being proposed next to our high school. The more I learned of the development the more horrible it seemed. I joined with many others in this community and we made our united voice heard. We influenced the discussion that the candidates who were running for council were having. This group will continue to attempt to influence what path that New Milford travels to find its future. It is my belief that all people should participate in our democracy and all people should make their voices heard.
robin commerford February 18, 2013 at 12:23 PM
You got that right, John. Additionally, I wish more can be done for our seniors. Other towns do provide housing for their seniors. I applaud your efforts!


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