Loaves & Fishes Hospitality House's proposal to open a center along Bridge Street in New Milford will be presented in January to the Zoning Commission.

Loaves President Lisa Martin has submitted a permit application to allow the construction of a two-story building with 2,259-square-foot footprint at 25 Bridge St.

The building would sit on the west side of the almost half-acre parcel.

An existing garage along the north property line would be demolished to make room for parking.

The property is owned by Sarah Straub. It previously had been the site of a plumbing and heating business operated by her late husband, Dan Straub.

The sale to Loaves & Fishes hinges on New Milford land-use boards' approval of the demolition of the garage and construction of a new building.

A multi-family house along the Bridge Street frontage for the parcel would be left standing and would not be part of the sale.

Under zoning's table of listings, the proposed center would be a philanthropic institution, a site at which goods or food are charitably provided for the needy.

The Loaves & Fishes Board of Directors plans to have a drop-in center; kitchen and dining room; space for consulting professionals, such as veterans' services and counselors; and laundry and shower facilities.

The board hopes to have literacy and job skills classes offered at the center, as well as hosting life skill lessons and meetings for support groups including Alcoholic Anonymous.

A public hearing before the Zoning Commission is scheduled Jan. 28, 2014 in the Loretta Brickley Room at Town Hall.

--Susan Tuz