Downtown Milford Inc. is preparing to relocate to its new home at 207 South Walnut Street, next to City Hall. The organization, with its main goal is to “promote quality development of the traditional central business district of Milford”, will have a permanent site for future progress after a year of uncertainty about where the non-profit would be headquartered. After moving from Washington Street last year due to the construction of a new water treatment plant, DMI is currently located on North Walnut Street until the end of June.
The new property, which was bought by the City of Milford and originally discussed by City officials to be demolished to add parking for City Hall, was granted to the non-profit organization aimed at economic development for a period of 3 years, with an option to renew. DMI President Irv Ambrose hopes that this close proximity to City Hall and the mainstreet businesses will help the organization keep a finger on the pulse of economic development in downtown Milford.
DMI will need to make several repairs to the interior and exterior of the house before it can be utilized as a home for the volunteer-driven organization. Over the next few months, Downtown Milford Inc. will be asking for volunteers to assist with refurbishing the property, creating a location that symbolizes revitalization and economic development.
“I think this building represents what we as an organization do and what we hold as important,” commented Lee Nelson, Director of Downtown Milford Inc. “It is a historical home that we will be able to preserve in the downtown area and use as a place where we can advance economic development.”
Mr. Nelson is encouraged by the commitment of the City towards economic development of the downtown Milford area. According to DMI, since January 2012, eleven new businesses have opened in downtown Milford, and several more are planned over the upcoming year. Director Nelson and President Ambrose both agree that DMI would not have been unable to achieve these successes without the support of the City.
For the remainder of 2013 Downtown Milford Inc. plans to complete several projects including the installation of the public Art on the Riverwalk and the continuation of the the street scapes initiative which aims to beautify downtown streets, sidewalks and venues. Several events including The Paddle Pedal Festival, Spooktacular, Holiday Stroll, Santa Claus House and a new Eat in the Streets event are planned over the next six months. With their new location guaranteed for the next three years, Downtown Milford Inc. is encouraged that these projects and events will continue to grow and influence economic development. The office will be closed Thursday and Friday, June 27 and 28 to facilitate the move and will re-open at the new location on Monday, July 2013. All telephone numbers and social media addresses will stay the same. For more information on DMI visit http://downtownmilford.org or call the office at 302-839-1180