The Milford Village Council voted at its Monday, June 6 meeting to approve a special conditional use in order for a deck to be extended at the former site of O’Callaghan’s restaurant in downtown Milford.
Village Manager Arthur Shufflebarger said that the property’s owner, Dave Borlace, wanted to extend a balcony deck located at the west end of the vacant restaurant, by an additional 12 feet. The building is located at 443-449 N. Main Street in the B-2 zoning district.
“This is all in an effort to put himself in a position to market the property and have someone come in and operate it,” Shufflebarger said.
The expanded deck would seat 48 people and would also include a guardrail and be covered with a standing seam metal roof in order to provide patrons some protection from the elements.
The Milford Village Planning Commission approved Borlace’s special use request at its May 12 meeting based on five conditions being met, including village administration confirming that the owner was allocated 49 parking spaces and that the use of the seasonal outdoor dining area occur not sooner than April 15 and no later than Nov. 1 of each calendar year.
Under the village’s outdoor café ordinance, the Village Manager may approve seasonal outdoor seating on private property, but generally outdoor seating will not be approved if the number exceeds 20 seats.