5 Things You Need to Know Today: Dec. 12
A Prospect Heights homeowner who told building officials he was building a stairwell into the basement and finishing it off, built an apartment with a kitchen and bathroom instead. He is now trying to get town permission for the new space.
Our weekday morning column, 5 Things You Need to Know, provides you with information that can help you plan your day and give you some fodder for water cooler conversations.
1. A homeowner at 37 Prospect Heights who built an in-law apartment in his basement, without town approval, is now trying to get town approval. Antonio DaCosta is seeking a special permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals that would allow the unauthorized work already done in the basement, to remain, according to a summary from Milford Town Planner Larry Dunkin. Because the apartment is in a house that is not detached, and not a single-family dwelling, the new construction would require a variance, Dunkin said, which is not allowed under zoning. The Planning Board on Tuesday recommended a denial.
2. Planet Aid has requested a special permit from the zoning board to place portable storage containers — which would hold donated clothing and shoes — at locations at Hannaford plaza, at the Kmart plaza and at Shaw's plaza. Site plan approval will be required from the Planning Board.
3. People may remember the protestors a few months ago who carried signs in Milford comparing President Obama to Hitler. In Shrewsbury, a veteran fed up with the display kicked over their table, damaging the signs. Police say he may face charges.
4. A reminder that Milford Police will be conducting outdoor firearms training from 2 to 8 p.m Wednesday in a range off Cedar Street.
5. Speaking of reminders, at least 10 to 15 cars a night are getting ticketed by Milford Police because they are being left out on the streets. The winter parking ban requires cars to be moved off-street throughout the town from midnight to 6 a.m. Tickets are $25 each.