Milford's chamber of commerce is now open for business in an all new location.
After six years in the city-owned building at 5 S. Washington Street, the chamber has moved about a mile north to the i.g. Burton Collision Center Building at 411 N. Rehoboth Blvd.
"We were sort of transitioning during the Riverwalk Festival earlier this month," said Jo Schmeiser, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford. "Now everything is finally in place at our new home and we're moving along."
The move was required because the chamber's former headquarters is slated for demolition later this year to make way for the city's planned construction of new water treatment plant and billing office on the southern side of the Mispillion River.
That project, which won't be completed until at least next fall, also will require Downtown Milford Inc., currently located at 7 S. Washington St., to find a new headquarters.
DMI President Irv Ambrose said this week that his organization is currently negotiating the lease for a new site, although those details have not been finalized.
"I want to assure everyone that we will be remaining downtown," he said.
Milford City Manager Richard Carmean said neither agency would be able to return to their former location once the water plant project is complete due to a stipulation in the USDA grant that will be used to fund the $4 million project.
"We can't use the grant to build a facility that would house non-governmental entities," Carmean said this week. "Initially, there was even some question as to whether we could use to house our billing office, but they fortunately agreed to that because it's at least utility related."
With the chamber in need of a new headquarters, Schmeiser reached out to Charles Burton, the president of i.g. Burton and a member of the chamber.
"I asked him if he had any office space available at an affordable price that we could move into temporarily," she said. "What he offered us is great because it has offices, storage space and even a conference room, which we didn't have before. Everyone at the Burton family has welcomed us with open arms. If they don't kick us out, we might end up staying here for a while."
Although the chamber's address has changed, its phone number, fax number and email addresses have stayed the same. The chamber can be reached by calling 422-3344, faxing to 422-7503 or emailing Schmeiser a email@example.com
One other thing has changed at the chamber office, however.
Administrative Assistant Susie Avalos recently took a bookkeeping job with F.D. Hammond Enterprises, Inc., although she will remain active in the chamber.
Page 2 of 2 - The chamber has hired Laurie Judd to take over as its new administrative assistant. Her first day was Monday.