by Terry Rogers
Kelly Gelof, Managing Partner at Tunnell & Raysor, PA, calls the law firm’s Milford office part of their “responsible growth” plan. Realizing a need for an additional office in Sussex County, and because one of their newest partners Jamie King has a good working relationship with realtors in the area, the firm chose to open an office in Milford. The new office is located in the building that formerly housed Dr. James West, a popular veterinarian in Milford.
“The building had been empty for quite some time and the person who purchased it kept up with the maintenance throughout the years,” Ms. Gelof said. “The inside has been completely remodeled and it looks great. It seemed like a great opportunity for us and a lot of our customers were asking why we didn’t have a location in Milford as they had to travel to either Georgetown or Dover for legal services. We are very excited to be in the area and we feel the Milfrod market has been underserved.”
Several of the staff members and attorneys in the new office were born and raised in Milford which brings a local feel to the new office, according to Ms. Gelof. The building is owned by Cromer Management LLC and the interior renovations were completed by Kersey Home Improvement using interior designs created by Holly Fry of Milford.
“I bought the building as an investment property in 2016,” Mr. Cromer said. “It sat empty for nearly ten years and I drove by it daily. I always had an interest in the building because of its location and the 1.2 acres of commercially zoned ground. In 2016, I decided to make an offer on it with the thought of cleaning it up and getting it reapproved for office use. The parking lot was basically already there from back when Dr. West owned it as a veterinary clinic. An old Milford buddy of mine, Fletcher Kenton of Penisnula Paving, helped me resurface the lot and stripe it to meet City code for parking.”
When it went up for sale in 2006, Mr. Cromer recalled that it had a high price and that it was being sold as part of an estate. He was unsure why it sat vacant other than the estate may simply have held on to the property. When deciding what type of tenant would best meet the needs of Milford, Mr. Cromer realized that there were very few real estate attorneys in town. He had been in dealings with Jamie King and was impressed with his skills, so Mr. Cromer approached the attorney about leasing the building.
Ms. Geloff said that the firm is planning an open house on April 13 from 3 to 6 to introduce people to the new building.
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