Plans heard for Rivertown Rebirth strategy

MILFORD — Milford Mayor Bryan Shupe said he’s looking forward to the implementation of the Rivertown Rebirth plan.

The process continues to evolve as a strategy board was presented at the most recent Milford City Council meeting Monday, Feb. 8 by Ben Muldrow.

A group of residents, business owners and other Milford officials will gather on a regular basis to review the process based on the strategy board, according to Mr. Muldrow.

Mr. Muldrow said the group hopes to hold the second annual river race “to reconnect with the river” during the Bug & Bud festival. They also would like to create a brand new event and “position Milford as a gateway to the bay shore.”

He also said the group wants to use Downtown Milford, Inc. for an extended hours campaign in hopes of engaging the downtown area during longer hours and over the weekend.

“ You don’t do this overnight. This is a long and painful process,” he said during the meeting.

The initial plan calls for a new restroom in the downtown area, three new businesses and enhancements to the Milford Skating Center and the Lou’s Bootery building.

Taking advantage of changes occurring within the Milford Police Department, a public safety campaign would benefit the plan, he added.

Other hopes and goals of the initial stages of the Rivertown Rebirth include:

  • The engagement of co-working spaces through DMI’s help.
  • Building an ATM onto the proposed downtown bathroom to help fund the restroom.
  • Enhancing connections
  • The growth of a downtown entrepreneur group.
  • A bi-annual rebirth review.
  • The placement of public lights along Park Ave.

“Every six months when that group comes together, we’re going to look at this page. This will become a living document and at every meeting it will change,” he said.

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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