February 9, 2018

Milford developer eyes commercial tenants or senior living for vacant school

Zachary Comeau
Middle School East in Milford has been vacant for nearly two years.

Milford commercial and residential developer Lobisser Building Corp. has proposed to buy a vacant middle school on Milford's Main Street for $115,000 with plans for either a two-story commercial building or senior living apartments.

Lobisser, owned by Milford resident Kevin Lobisser, submitted the only bid to the town's request for proposals to redevelop the 70,000-square-foot former Middle School East constructed in 1918.

Lobisser's proposed price is well below the property's assessed value of $3.8 million. However, he isn't asking for financing help for the project.

The building has been vacant for more than a year due to a new $60-million elementary school and a reshuffling of grades.

Lobisser's first option for the school includes demolishing the entire structure and building a 20,000-square-foot, two-story commercial building.

Another option includes removing just a portion of the brick building and redeveloping the structure for senior living apartments.

The senior living option would require a zoning change, but Lobisser indicated in his bid he prefers the commercial development due to three pending affordable housing applications in town.

Lobisser has had a hand in several Milford projects, including a dental office building just down the Main Street and three medical office buildings.

He plans to build the Whitewood Preserve 29-unit condominium subdivision in a separate area of town.

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