Work on New Milford’s Barton House to begin
Published 10:03 pm, Sunday, December 27, 2015
NEW MILFORD — The day is coming when a new life will begin for the historic Barton House on East Street.
A partial demolition permit for the circa 1890 building has been issued by the town’s building department to Bohan Contracting of New Preston. Demolition equipment has been moved to the site.
In October 2014, the Zoning Commission approved a plan for the new property owner, Dakota Partners of Massachusetts, to build two apartment buildings on the 34 East St. parcel while preserving much of the existing home. Construction is expected to be completed late next year.
The existing two-story residence will be moved to a new foundation, have a rear addition removed and then connected to one of the two new buildings. The house will be restored and converted to four residential units.
The project will be named Barton Commons. The two new buildings will include 34 one- and two-bedroom apartments, Amrhein said. Thirty of the 38 units will be designated affordable housing units.
The New Milford Trust for Historic Preservation was instrumental in preserving much of the building, once the home of state Sen. Andrew Mygatt in the 1890s. Trust president Rob Burkhart wrote that summer to Mark Daigle, principal in Dakota Partners, detailing the significance of the building.
Daigle decided that fall to work the project into the existing structure, minus a porch added in the 1970s.
“It looks like everything is going according to plan,” Burkhart said Wednesday. “Hopefully, the Barton House lives on in a little different venue.”
For many years the Barton House served as the home for Miss Barton’s Day Care/Kindergarten and more recently as a bed and breakfast operated by former New Milford residents Ray and Rachel Barton.