At least once a week, someone says “Why don’t we have a Trader Joe’s (Barnes & Noble, Taget, Whole Foods) in Milford?
The answer is not a simple one, but if people asking that question had attended the Complete Communities forum/ workshop on Thursday evening they certainly would have gained some insight.
City residents were asked to attend on their electric bills, on the city’s website, in a notice in this newspaper.
At best there were less than a dozen folks present, and no one representing the city council or planning commission, and just one person from Downtown Milford Inc. as well.
Here’s the short version on what people missed: an opportunity to provide valuable input. This is the level where opinion counts.
Hundreds of towns just like Milford want upscale retailers, but those investors are looking at things most of us don’t think about.
Yes, we’re close to ocean resorts, and yes thousands of cars drive right past us every weekend.
But investors investigate other things before they sink big bucks into a new store during a lackluster economy.
This forum addressed important issues such as gateway signs, historic preservation, walkability, bikability, and the possibility of a local shuttle service.
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