NEW MILFORD -- The house that served as the home of a popular nursery school in New Milford during the 20th century may soon be razed.

An application is before the town's Inland Wetlands Commission to demolish the structure at 34 East Street, known as the Barton House, and build a 10,100-square-foot, four-story apartment building, with 36 apartments, in its place.

Built by John B. Marsh in 1861, the house was purchased in 1889 by State Sen. Andrew Mygatt and later became the property of the Barton family.

The Barton family operated a children's nursery school for many decades from the site. Later on, it was renovated to serve as a bed & breakfast by Ray and Rachel Barton.

Rob Burkhart, president of the New Milford Trust for Historic Preservation, isaid he was dismayed to hear of the latest plan.

When and if the Inland Wetlands Commission were to approve the project, an application would be submitted to the Zoning Commission.

Burkhart said he would fight approval of that application on the basis of traffic flow.