Although Downtown Milford, Inc. (DMI) is still settling into its new location, the two-story historical house, built in 1850, is quite an upgrade from its previous 300-square-foot office.

Although Downtown Milford, Inc. (DMI) is still settling into its new location, the two-story historical house, built in 1850, is quite an upgrade from its previous 300-square-foot office.

Now located at 207 South Walnut St. as of July 8, DMI's main office is fully functional and the organization expects to have a conference room in operation within two months. The building also includes residential space on the second floor, occupied by DMI Executive Director Lee Nelson and his wife, local artist Anne Jenkins.

Minor interior refurbishments were required before opening shop, such as painting, some electrical upgrades, balcony repairs and small repairs to the back rooms. About eight volunteers contributed time and efforts to readying the residence, which also boasts two fully functional wood fireplaces.

"It needed some TLC," Nelson explained. "Structurally, it's sound."

Additional plans for future improvements include painting the outside, fixing the shutters and just "sprucing it up," Nelson said. "It's an ongoing operation," he said.

"We want to make it a good example of how a historical home can be both attractive and functional, which fits our mission of historic preservation and economic development," Nelson said.

The building, located next to City Hall, was purchased by the City of Milford through economic development funds acquired by the sale of property where Wawa is now located. A lease agreement with DMI was established for the next three years.

"The city was very generous and they've been very supportive," Nelson said. "[The location] is very convenient because we work with various departments [within city government]. As with anything, the proximity just makes communication easier."