Here is an overview of some of the projects the Town is working on. Click on any link below to jump to a more detailed description of the project.
The Town was awarded $360,000 in federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant funding which combined with $90,000 approved as local matching requirements will be applied to signalization and left-turning lane improvements at this congested intersection.
Intersection and Signalization Project: Project Overview
In 2000 The Town made a valuable long-term investment in the acquisition of 270 acres commonly referred to as ‘the BROX Property’. The land serves to provide for ‘community’ needs for the foreseeable future (school sites, recreation and municipal facilities, a valuable supply of earth materials such as sand and gravel, open space, trails, and natural resource protection) and provides an opportunity for tax positive commercial and industrial development that will create jobs and economic development.
The Souhegan River has been an integral part of Milford even prior to its incorporation in 1794. Over the years the citizens of Milford have utilized this waterway for fishing, pre-industrial power for mills, and a multitude of recreational activities including swimming and boating.
Town staff continues to meet with the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) project team to determine the best methodology and associated cost for the Osgood Pond Reclamation project. Although discussed for many years and subject to federal funding delays and local concerns, the dredging of the Pond to reclaim it as a significant natural and recreational resource as identified in the Town’s Master Plan remains a viable project. The ACOE has developed a methodology to pump dredged material from the Pond to the BROX property which will provide rich organic material for wetland restoration and tens of thousands of cubic yards of material to reclaim areas identified for future recreational fields. If the project is determined to be financially feasible, both the dredging of the Pond and the material for future fields will be of great benefit. Town voters, in support of the project over the past fifteen years, have set aside almost $100,000 in a special purpose fund towards the Town’s 35% matching funds requirement for the project. Additional study is continuing to determine the full cost and financial feasibility of the project.
The long anticipated start of construction on South Street Improvements, funded by federal Transportation Enhancement and Special Purpose transportation funds and local matching funds continues to be a high priority. The project, which encompasses the stretch of South Street from Union Square southerly to the railroad right-of- way, includes widening a portion of South Street, undergrounding utilities from Union Square to the First Church of Christ Scientist, relocating overhead utility lines away from the curb from the Church to the railroad, and new sidewalks on both sides of the street, is complicated by complex utility design and easement negotiation.
Hotel Feasibility Study
For years the question has asked as to “Milford needs a hotel, why don’t we have one?” This past February the Board of Selectmen, at the request of the Economic Development Advisory Council (EDAC) authorized EDAC to pursue the work necessary to determine the feasibility of recruiting a lodging facility to Town. A subcommittee of EDAC, working with this Office, has embraced the project, and with the generous donations of several local businesses has obtained matching funds to hire a respected consulting firm in the hospitality industry to prepare a preliminary feasibility study to determine if Milford has the market, demand, and location for a lodging facility. The subcommittee, in its due diligence talking with experienced developers, found that this type of preliminary study is an essential first step. The study was completed in August of 2011 and is available at the Office of Community Development.