Milford affordable housing project almost finished

MILFORD – The first tenants of the Pine Valley Mill affordable apartments will move in in April, Shelley Hatfield told Milford Selectmen recently.

Hatfield is the town’s grant administrator for the housing project on the Milford/Wilton border.

The $11 million renovation of the 19th century mill building is being built by Dakota Partner, of Waltham, Mass., and funded through a variety of private and government sources, including a $385,000 community development block grant Milford received.

The ground breaking was held in June, and during construction, Hatfield said, there were a few “hiccups,” including water in the basement, but all the major problems have been resolved.

As of Feb. 24, about 100 people called expressing interest in the apartments, she said. About three-quarters of the construction is complete and she offered to arrange tours for Selectmen.

There are 50 apartments, and rents for the one- and two-bedroom units will go to those with incomes in the $32,000 to $50,000 range.

Units are 600- to 900-square-feet each and rents will begin at about $1,100 and include heat and utilities.

“The building looks fabulous inside,” Hatfield said. Units are “small, but very spacious. It’s very well planned.”

The first floor of the mill building, which dates back to the 1800s, will remain available for commercial and retail use.

Community development block grants are federal funds that go to state and local governments to support social welfare programs.