Boomtown in Downtown

The new Free WiFi on the Milford Green is just one example of the bustling activity in Downtown Milford.


Free WiFi is coming to the Milford Green today at 4 p.m. Last weekend's was a success. is open. As is Blank Space Gallery and . . A new is opening soon.

From a news perspective, there are so many good things happening in Downtown Milford, it's hard to keep up.

"There's a new level of excitement that's been coming on with a lot of different additions to downtown," said Bob Gregory, Director of Community & Economic Development.

"Certainly, some of the structural things, changes in buildings or building ownership," said Gregory of the improvements, also cited new apartments by Smith Craft and the Harrison's situation as some of positive activity in Downtown.

"There were a series of changes on South Broad St.," said Gregory, "and all of them were good."

Gregory also mentioned the work being done to provide free WiFi on the Milford Green.

Milford Technology Advisory Council

Like many civic groups in Milford, the Milford Technology Advisory Council has been quietly helping Milford for years, fixing up computers for social agencies and working with the United Way to give personal computers to those who cannot afford them.

On Tuesday at 4 p.m., a spotlight will be shone on the humble members of the Advisory Council. A 'cable-cutting' ceremony will take place right by the flag pole to announce the new Free WiFi on the Milford Green, said Council member Augie Harrigan.

They noted that Mayor Ben Blake had a great hand in getting this project off the ground, as well as the work of sponsors.

If you're in the area today, stop by and surf the web on your laptop, tablet or smart phone, free of charge.

What's Next

What do you think of the recent improvements to Downtown Milford? Is there more that can be done? Are there other areas of Milford that are being neglected as Downtown thrives? Let us know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section!

Krista August 21, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Well I really hope it works , because I was there for Oyster Festival and I could not get any service what do ever . This would be great!
Ryan Sartor (Editor) August 21, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Sonia Bansal Gupta: "Great work Augie!!!!" - A comment left on the Milford Patch Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MilfordCTPatch
RONALD M GOLDWYN August 21, 2012 at 02:01 PM
I wish the Green area would have restrictive covenants on the storefronts so that the look of this area would have certain standards instead of eclectic look of modern mixed with turn of the past century. I would love to see a restrictions council that would give the downtown area with engraved painted storefront boards with gold lettering, No illuminated storefront signs Make downtown have the look of Milford 1865. As for right now, I would prevent Harrison property from being made into something out of character and the loss of our wall mural.
kokopop August 21, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Is there any story that you don't have an opinion on?
James Kelly August 21, 2012 at 02:34 PM
It's great to see downtown thriving, and to have the vacant storefronts finally filled. I believe some other areas could use this type of help as well. The continuing overhaul of Devon, with similar restrictions that Mr. Goldwyn suggested for downtown (signage limitations, store front styles), and concentration on the Walnut Beach area, including the Naugatuck Avenue and Broadway intersection, where much progress has been made, but more needs to be done. Finding a way to offer long-term low- or no-interest loans to commercial property owners in these areas (including downtown), through co-operation of municipal and state programs, or developing a tax-deferment plan for renovation/refurbishment, would go a long way toward making these areas not only esthetically pleasing, but more inviting to business owners and consumers alike.
Baby Love August 21, 2012 at 04:00 PM
The baby store, called Baby Love, is open and was open for the oysterfest!!! :)
Monica August 21, 2012 at 04:22 PM
christine August 21, 2012 at 06:57 PM
This is really wonderful news about the Milford Technology Advisory Council project to have free WIFI in downtown on the green up and running. Keep up the great work!!!!
Rosie August 21, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Wonderful news!
Michael Brown August 21, 2012 at 08:33 PM
On the network now. Seems to work great.
Renee Casey August 21, 2012 at 11:40 PM
This is great. Another reason for people to spend more time downtown and support businesses.
Tessa Marquis August 22, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Come Downtown tomorrow, get some take-away lunch from Rainbow Gardens, or a "Sammich" from Liquid Lunch, or fish-and-chips from Seven Seas, and settle down on the Milford Green with your favorite electronic device! Other food options include Park Lane Deli, Milford Green Pizza, Citrus, Thai Taste, Cafe Atlantique, Indigo, Archie Moores, Stonebridge, SBC, "The Corner" (across from City Hall), and others I am sure I forgot to mention...AND did you know that Scratch Bakery has mini quiche as well as the most fabulous muffins in America!
Marie August 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM
This is great! What's even better is seeing two of my PLTI -Parent Leadership Training Institute classmates (for those that don't know) involved in this project.They are people just like the rest of us who choose to make the world a better place to live.
arkay August 22, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Don't forget the Villa Gourmet. Amazing (and much cheaper than Whole Foods) cheeses. Plus raw milk, local eggs, pastas, sauces, breads, crackers, olive oil, etc.
Phil kohan August 22, 2012 at 06:19 PM
I love living in this town! I live just a few houses south of the green and really appreciate all of the great things that are happening here. I know we have Villa Gourmet here, but it would be nice to have a small green grocer around for some fresh vegatables and fruits, as well as the usual staples. We can walk to everything and now can get by with only one car in the family, because of our proximity to the train station. Does anybody know the name of the WiFi service on the green?
Robert Jochim August 22, 2012 at 07:23 PM
@Ryan Sartor - any idea as to what the SSID is of the WiFi service on the Green? A drive around the Green gave me a list of about 50 different networks, some clearly businesses in the area, but many are vague and cryptic; I couldn't tell which one to use.
Ryan Sartor (Editor) August 22, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Hi Robert: Augie Harrigan got back to me right away: It's "Milford Downtown WiFi"


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