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MILFORD — Excavators kicked up little puffs of dust as they scraped and piled rubble from a wing of the vacant Middle School East in downtown Milford this month.
Demolition has begun on the centrally located former school. Closed in 2016, the building at 45 Main St. will become Landmark Place, a 38-apartment complex for people at least 55 years old.
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The apartments will contain one or two bedrooms apiece, and are limited to two residents per apartment, one of whom must be 55 or older. There are expected to be 68 off-street parking spaces, including some in garages.
Plans to turn the school building into apartments have been in the works since at least 2018. The final plan proposes keeping the original section of the school, built in 1923, and including the pink stone front steps, while demolishing the 1960s gymnasium and replacing that with a new four-story building.
The new building is expected to take up less space than the gymnasium.
The town declared the school surplus in 2016, opening it up to developers. It became vacant that year, when the then-brand new Woodland Elementary School opened, and officials reorganized the town’s student population.
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Local committees studied the building for other possible uses, from school administration offices to leasing to a nonprofit, but decided the cost of renovation was too high.
More:Milford declared middle school surplus
Local developer Lobisser Building Corp. won a $115,000 bid for the school in 2018, and company President Kevin Lobisser said his intent was to make the apartment complex “look like a $10 million building” at a public hearing that year.
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According to a 2018 traffic study, the apartments will add about 250 trips per day to the area, which is significantly less than the 450 trips per day generated by the school when it was in use.
A Daily News call to Lobisser Building Corp. was not returned by deadline. It is unclear when construction will be complete and when the apartments will be available.
Demolition is limited to 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. It is not allowed on Sundays or national holidays, according to the town permit.
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