On Tuesday, April 15 the Bay Road Inn on Route 1 was demolished to make way for expansion of IG Burton & Co., Inc. A locally owned family business for more than 105 years in Milford, I.G. Burton sells and services BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Chevrolet and Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the Greater Milford area. They new area will be used to help expand their new and pre-owned vehicle inventory.
Built back in 1978 by Frank Silicato, the former Super 8 motel has been around for 36 years. It has been the home to many tourist and travelers over the years but in most recent years the property was in decline. Located between their Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram, Chevrolet dealerships, I.G. Burton & Co. have attempted to purchase this land several times over the last several years.
“We had tried to acquire this property for a numbers of year without success,” commented Pete Renzi, Director of Operations for I.G. Burton & Co., Inc. “The property was very important to the growth of our company. It sat in the middle of the group of dealerships.”
In 2013, 729 Bay Road , LLC, a property company affiliated with I.G. Burton & Co., purchased the property and continued to use the facility as a motel. Over the last year they ran the motel, spending time and money cleaning up the facility and keeping out the unwanted activities. During the summer months the business was very successful with the influx of tourist, as a result of two NASCAR races and the new FireFly Music Festival.
After the summer season it became harder for the company to keep it open and during its public closure the motel served to help a number of homeless families. Through the Delaware State Emergency Housing assistance program, the motel had a number of families call the Bay Road Inn home through the winter. With the tear down of the facility, the company kept their focus on the needs of the less fortunate by donating items found in the facility so that they could be put to good use.
“We believe in giving back to the community that has made us a success,” commented Renzi. “A number of items such as televisions, furniture and blankets were donated to various charitable organizations for people in need.”
Swain Excavation has been contracted to tear down the structure as it is expected to be completely demolished and in use by I.G. Burton & Co., Inc by May of this year.
“Our sights are set on the future,” said Charles Burton, President of I.G. Burton & Co., Inc. “This strategic purchase will support the significant growth in IG Burton and Company over the next five years.”