Plans for CVS and Milford apartment complex given approval

MILFORD – Plans for a CVS drug store on Nashua Street and a 60-unit apart­ment complex on Capron Road received the Plan­ning Board’s conditional approval last week.

The 13,600-square-foot CVS Pharmacy will be at the opposite end of Edge­wood Plaza from County Stores. The plan calls for razing the small detached shopping mall on the west side of the plaza, as well as the building that once held Fuzzies Ice Cream and three old houses on Clinton Street.

Selectmen’s Chair­man Mark Fougere told the board he thought the building’s design is not in keeping with traditional small-town New England.

"We are being short­changed," he said at the board’s July 21 meeting. Although the project itself is a good addition to the town, the building design "needs some help" he said.

In a June 13 letter to board Chairman Chris­topher Beers, Fougere, a professional planning consultant, outlined im­provements he would like to see in the plan, includ­ing a full pitched roof and dormers to add character.

Board member Paul Amato said later that the company has made design changes that satisfied the board. The original de­sign called for a flat roof and the current one has a mansard roof.

Nashua Street traf­fic has been an ongoing problem for the town, and board members were con­cerned about the added traffic from CVS as well as from another apartment complex planned for be­hind Burger King.

CVS had wanted to pay for a traffic light on Clin­ton Street, but the state Department of Transpor­tation decided the amount of traffic does not warrant a signal.

CVS will be the fifth drug store in Milford. There are currently three Rite Aids and one Walgreens.

The Planning Board also approved, conditionally, a new 60-unit apartment complex off Capron Road. The developer is Red Oak Apartment Homes LLC, which owns and manages two nearby complexes, Milford Trails and East­ern Trails. One, two and three bedroom units are planned.

Red Oak had wanted to build 126 units in a mix of affordable and high-end apartments and had asked the town to apply for a New Hampshire community de­velopment block grant, as it had for the Pine Valley Mill complex, but the se­lectmen declined.