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New Milford CT Village Center Revitalization

New Milford CT real estateThe village center of New Milford, CT may be one of the most picturesque downtown centers in New England, although I am sure others are almost as nice. I also may not be the one to judge as I love living here and spending time downtown. Nevertheless, we are in the middle of a very exciting project downtown, thanks to local businessman Gary Goldring. Mr. Goldring had the fore-site to see the potential of our beautiful downtown area and purchased a few of the buildings. He has been fixing them up one by one, and they look FANTASTIC!

His latest project is the building that houses our new office location at 27 Main Street and the old Sloan's Pharmacy building at the corner of Main and Bank Street. We are waiting, as patiently as we can for the project to be finished. We aren't grumbling about the noise or the scaffolding and plywood blocking our windows, we are happily watching the project as it moves along, and fascinated with the uncovering of a bit of history along the way.

Once finished, which we are told should be by the Memorial Day weekend, the buildings should look amazing. The concept was to continue with the Bank Street look onto Main Street. The town green should sparkle and shine for our Memorial Day Parade! Let's hope the project stays on target so we can all enjoy the new facelift along Main Street in New Milford as we watch the parade.

Most interesting is the old Sloan's Parmacy building. Built in 1905 (according to public records), it has gone through quite a few changes over the years. Since I have lived in town it was a pharmacy, but there are those that remember it as a food store. As the construction crew peeled away layers inside, one of the walls showed white subway tiles painted with "meats" and "fish" and "poultry" in large black letters. It is always amazing to me to have history reveal itself as renovations are occurring. Outside as the old aluminum siding was peeled away some of the old brick and concrete was exposed, as well as red corrugated roofing material that looks similar to red tile roofing.

I for one applaud Mr. Goldring for his faith in our town and his commitment to excellence. Every time I walk down Bank Street I am grateful for his decision to bring the old buildings back to their original grandure. As I enter the movie theater I am happy that he understood the need to keep our small theater here despite the economy and the love of DVD's people seem to have. Daily as I walk in my office I thank him, the renovations inside are spectacular, and soon enough the outside will be quite a sight for all to behold. Thank you Mr. Goldring, from the bottom of my heart!

Here are a few photos of the progress so far, as well as some new photos I took around the green recently. Enjoy the beauty I get to see every day!


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Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County Real Estate

2017 President, Greater New Milford Board of Realtors

2017 Connecticut Magazine 5 Star Realtor


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Comment balloon 12 commentsAndrea Swiedler • May 04 2013 12:21PM


Good morning, Andrea....your town common is beautiful....we also have a bandstand....I remember the concerts when I was kid....that was a few years ago!!!

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) almost 6 years ago

Barbara, oh my did you take me back to my Winchester, MA youth! The town common is what we would call it if we were in MA, that is funny! Yes, it is beautiful indeed. And we use our bandstand and green all the time. Soon the Farmer's Market will open, we will have a concert series at the bandstand... parades, our village fair. And now my office is right in the thick of it. In a much improved building I might add!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 6 years ago

Wow Milford has come a long way since I had been there forty years ago

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) almost 6 years ago
Hi Andrea, I had visited this community a long time ago and the whole town was sort of a throw back to yesteryear. Love the idea that it has remained and has been updated with new colors. I love these older established communities and how they make you feel when you visit. For one thing, you are always made to feel welcome.
Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) almost 6 years ago

It's just beautiful.  It makes me think of Mayberry and quiet live and a wonderful place to live.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 6 years ago

Andrea, now they will have to move the store with the Indian out front closer to the town center

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 6 years ago

Andrea -  It is great to see the revitalization of many communities. This looks like a great place for buyers to consider, Many buyers find living in an area where the town is being rejuvinated is a great opportunity.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 6 years ago

Good morning, Andrea. I too think that it is great to see revitalization of older business districts. Yours looks wonderful...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 6 years ago

Andrea how exciting, I have seen a few communities in my market going through the revitalization process which uplifted the communities.  I agree with you that  Milford  village center iis already lovely and the present improvements will make it better, 

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) almost 6 years ago

Harry, and in the 31 years I have been here too!

William, we are looking to the past to build a better future, and I really do like that approach.

Tammy, LOL, not quite Mayberry, but it sure is nice!

Ed, LOL, perhaps one outside of our office when it is all finished.

Joan, the downtown area was neglected for a while, but now it is just growing in leaps and bounds. All while getting a facelift!

Michael, I enjoy watching the progress and am enjoying living here even more! Thank you!

Jennifer, it does help with pride in the community and growth. And it's some great eye candy too!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 6 years ago

Hi Andrea, I grew up there.  The library is so pretty in the spring backdrop.  Nice new office!

Posted by Annette Thor, Residential & Commercial Real Estate Broker in CT (Connecticut Homes and Commercial Fairfield Cty,CT almost 6 years ago

Revitalization and creating a center to any community is huge these days. Our community did it about 15 years ago and has become a model for many cities around metro Atlanta as they try to re-assert a sense of community and relieve some of the crazy urban sprawl that has occurred over the years.

Posted by Aaron Hofmann, aka Mr. Smyrna Vinings (Atlanta Communities) almost 6 years ago