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.
Osgood Pond Reclamation
Initial efforts have been successful in gaining access to the pond. Two areas have been opened up. The access closer to Osgood Rd. will ultimately become the canoe/kayak boat launch. The second access located toward the back of Adams Field will become the location of the fishing pier. Several folks have been concerned about the low water in the pond. The water was lowered to allow the soils to dry. As luck would have it, the time that was supposed to be best for the dredging has also been the wettest. December brought us more than 6 inches of rain. The pond has effectively stored much of this water and has slowly released it through the dam thus helping to minimize down-stream flooding. However, this has prevented the continuation of the dredging as had been planned. What this means is that the dredging will be delayed about a year. In the meantime, there are substantial efforts occurring to secure additional funds to allow the second phase of the dredging to be combined with the first which would result in a larger restored area and get us back onto a reasonable schedule. As always, feel free to call Fred Elkind of the Community Development Department at 249-0620 for additional information.
South Street Improvements
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.