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.