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Still Meadow plot could be zoned for business

Published 11:21 am, Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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The town-owned 19-acre Still Meadow property along Fort Hill in New Milford is about to be revamped -- at least for online purposes.

Mayor Pat Murphy will go before the town's Zoning Commission Feb. 26 to request a zone change for the parcel.

Now zoned for multiple residence (MR) and R-40, the site would be reallocated as a general business zone (B-2).

"With the derelict house now demolished at 73 Fort Hill Road, it makes sense to rezone the whole (19-acre) parcel, so when people are looking for good commercial land to build on, it comes up as that in searches," Mayor Murphy said.

In December the town-owned building on the corner of Peagler Hill and Fort Hill roads was demolished by Public Works under facilities maintenance.

"The Town Council and Economic Development Commission discussed this (zone change) some time ago," the mayor said.

"Now with the economy perking along, this is the time to make the property more desirable."

In 1998, New Milford spent $2.175 million for the Still Meadow parcel, which is zoned for up to 174 apartments or condominium units, because the town deemed it did not want housing built there.

Since then, the town has had few offers for the property.

In 2007, local developer Ed Nahom offered to buy the property for $2.7 million to build a "lifestyle center" of shops, offices and a hotel and banquet facility.

That project was withdrawn after voters hesitated to sell the property.

The Economic Development Commission's strategic plan identifies the Route 7 corridor between Veterans Memorial Bridge and Lanesville Road as a future area for business and commercial growth.

The entire area, other than the town-owned parcel, is in a business zone.

Susan Tuz