The 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
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Litchfield County Regional Office,375 Danbury Rd, New Milford, CT 06776
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