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Historic properties unit reviewed in Milford

There are 10 comments on the Connecticut Post story from May 6, 2009, titled Historic properties unit reviewed in Milford. In it, Connecticut Post reports that:

If the city's third historic district is created in the Gulf Street neighborhood, it will likely be the last with defined boundaries.

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Hysterical Districts

Elizabeth, NJ

#1 May 6, 2009
There should never have been any historic districts in Milford, only preservation of particular structures of historic or aesthetic interest.

These local Historical Districts are subservient to the State guidelines - which nobody is reading! Having amateurs on the committees only adds to the possibility of misunderstandings of statutes and eventually leads to expensive litigation and bad relations among neighbors.
Methusala

College Park, MD

#2 May 6, 2009
Mary Pickford was an easy piece..and I ENCOURAGE MORE Historical DISTRICTS!

What would you rather see? A "fast food joint or a classic New England structure?
Reality

Danielson, CT

#3 May 7, 2009
Hysterical Districts wrote:
There should never have been any historic districts in Milford, only preservation of particular structures of historic or aesthetic interest.
These local Historical Districts are subservient to the State guidelines - which nobody is reading! Having amateurs on the committees only adds to the possibility of misunderstandings of statutes and eventually leads to expensive litigation and bad relations among neighbors.
A district is the only thing that provided the security needed to maintain Milford's charm. If you don't like it, them move to another town that is NOT 370+ years old.
Agree that this is the last district possible in town. After this they need to chase down individual older staructures, like the Poli Mansion, etc. This is our town, our history, and is what we will leave to future generations to help them understand where we have been. How does a community move forward if you have know past to reflect upon.
Time to Wake Up

AOL

#4 May 7, 2009
Reality wrote:
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A district is the only thing that provided the security needed to maintain Milford's charm. If you don't like it, them move to another town that is NOT 370+ years old.
Agree that this is the last district possible in town. After this they need to chase down individual older staructures, like the Poli Mansion, etc. This is our town, our history, and is what we will leave to future generations to help them understand where we have been. How does a community move forward if you have know past to reflect upon.
I, for one, do not need even more government agencies, commissions or anything else telling me what I can or cannot do with my home. Can't anyone out there think for themselves anymore??? Do you really need Big Brother to hold your hand?
Reality

Danielson, CT

#5 May 7, 2009
Time to Wake Up wrote:
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I, for one, do not need even more government agencies, commissions or anything else telling me what I can or cannot do with my home. Can't anyone out there think for themselves anymore??? Do you really need Big Brother to hold your hand?
Not sure where you live, but if it is Gulf Street, in the years to come you may just end up with a 7-11 nextdoor to you. Just look around Milford if you think I'm kidding. A historic commission adds just one more layer of protection. I bet you would be the first to yell holly hell if this were to happen and ask for help. Well, this new District is help. Again, just take a good look around town and tell me t=your neighborhood can't change.
Tessa Marquis

Elizabeth, NJ

#6 May 7, 2009
From the article:
City Attorney Winthrop Smith Jr. said the process for creating historic districts under the state law is very detailed. "There are many opportunities for the public to comment," he said. "The time frame for something like this is measured in years."

Several years ago I went to a meeting of the (not yet) 2nd Historic District committee, representing the members of the Downtown Milford Business Association. At that time the committee was attempting to gain control of use of the Green and property owners Downtown needed to stay informed.

I was informed by the President of the Chamber of Commerce that I would only be allowed to speak at the meeting if a committee member asked me a direct question.

When Attorney Win Smith found out who I was he had the discussion of the Milford Green tabled.

So much for opportunities for the public to comment.

Cynical? Moi?

“Registered & Dangerous”

Since: Jan 09

Milford, CT

#7 May 7, 2009
Like someone said previously, an entire district should not be declared "historic" but rather specific properties (which can be abutting or adjacent properties of course)

People don't realize that if your home is considered "historic" you are not permitted to do certain things with your property, like additions or painting.
Reality

Danielson, CT

#8 May 8, 2009
YESSS wrote:
Like someone said previously, an entire district should not be declared "historic" but rather specific properties (which can be abutting or adjacent properties of course)
People don't realize that if your home is considered "historic" you are not permitted to do certain things with your property, like additions or painting.
It is not as restrictive as you think. The only time I saw any problems for a homeowner was when the people on Pond Street tried to build the deck/garage. It was not denied, rather asked to be cut back. There are many homes in Milford's two Historic Dist. that have built in entire new wings of a home with little to no problems. It just has to be appropriate and in harmony with the area. I see nothing worng with this.
A district has more security and maintains the charm of the entire area. What good is a nice lovely historic home with a KFC nextdoor. The District is the only way to go and I wish them all the luck in the world.
Milford Resident

Rockaway, NJ

#9 May 8, 2009
A Historical District is a way for the majority to take away the property rights of the minority. With zoning and other laws already in place, we do not need this further restriction on our liberty.
Mr Milford

AOL

#10 May 8, 2009
Milford Resident wrote:
A Historical District is a way for the majority to take away the property rights of the minority. With zoning and other laws already in place, we do not need this further restriction on our liberty.
Wow, you have no clue what you are talking about.

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