Help city create master plan for downtown

MILFORD — This month city of Milford leaders are reaching out to residents and business owners for help in creating a master plan for the city’s downtown district.

dwntwn 1To pilot this process, Milford has contracted with a South Carolina based firm that specializes in planning, branding and economic development.

Arnett Muldrow & Associates have worked with many municipalities nationwide on similar efforts.

Milford Mayor Bryan W. Shupe said the sessions will help guide design and planning initiatives and strategic expenditures with a focus on economic development, supporting tourism and strengthening its sense of community.

“With our recent success in the forefront, the city of Milford is also experiencing a lot of moving parts, especially in the downtown area. As new businesses have opened and current businesses have expanded, there remains several vacant buildings that are vital to the revitalization of downtown Milford,” said Mayor Bryan Shupe. “Acknowledging that the city of Milford and my office represent the residents of our town, the creation of a Downtown Master Plan will allow us to move towards a unified vision that is created by residents, business owners, local organizations and community leaders. I am excited about the possibilities that will come from these public sessions and encourage every person that has an interest in Milford’s future to be involved.”

The Conceptual Downtown Vision Plan workshop will take place from September 15 to 17.

The process will start with a town hall meeting Sept.15 at 6 p.m. at the Arena’s Deli & Bar at 200 NE Front Street in downtown Milford.

The final presentation will be conducted on Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. at Abbott’s Grill at 249 NE Front Street in downtown Milford.

Ben Muldrow, of Arnett Muldrow & Associates, will facilitate the workshop with team members, Randy Wilson of Community Design Solutions in Columbia, S.C. and Tom McGilloway of Mahan Rykiel Associates in Baltimore, Md.

The Arnett Muldrow Team will produce diagrams, plans, renderings, photo manipulations, branding and marketing collaterals to illustrate their recommendations.

All of these products and recommendations will be presented to the community on the final evening of the workshop.

A follow-up report along with all electronic files is provided to the community as a toolkit to guide implementation on the recommendations of the workshop.

For additional information, individuals can contact Christine Crouch at Milford City Hall at 302-424-3712.

“Our downtown community will define the future of Milford and can act as a catalyst for growth throughout our city. A vibrant downtown will help refine our sense of place in Milford and enhance the opportunities that can be found here,” said Mayor Shupe. “With many successful businesses, art galleries, cultural experiences and recreational opportunities already found here in downtown Milford, we have a great foundation to build a vision for generations to come.”

The effort is will be paid for by a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.

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