State preservation awards for two Milford projects: mill and armory
By KATHLEEN BAGLIO HUMPHREYS
Union Leader Correspondent | May 29. 2014 9:57PM
The exterior of the 1870 mill in November shows it state prior to the completion of renovations to create 50 affordable housing apartments in Milford. The first 13 of 50 tenants have already moved into the new apartments the Pine Valley Loft. (KATHLEEN BAGLIO HUMPHREYS/Union Leader Correspondent)
Two Milford restoration projects were among the outstanding recipients and recognized at a ceremony in Concord on May 13.
“We received funding to construct a 6,000-square-foot addition at our Milford Readiness Center which added 50 percent additional floor space. We went through the design process and through a collaborative team approach, the addition was placed to the side, not the front due to the fact it’s a historic armory,” said Colonel David J. Mikolaities, N.H. Army National Guard, Construction and Facilities Management officer.
“It was great and biggest thing is it added much needed classroom space and administration space. Those couple of components allows the company to have the requirements for what they are authorized to do,” said Mikolaities.
In December the soldiers received the Valorous Unit Award for their heroism in Afghanistan during a recent Operation Enduring Freedom deployment.
On the other side of town, near the Wilton line, the Pine Valley Mill was a semi-abandoned old mill that had just a few commercial tenants.
“It was a historic renovation that we renovated it into 50 apartments. In the process we replaced all the windows to make them historically correct. We improved the exterior as well as the interior and worked very closely with the historic consultant and the park services. It was completely renovated and looks very nice,” said Dakota Partner President Roberto Arista.
“We had many surprises. One surprise was there was an area under the mill that had water running through it and we didn’t know that until we saw the rotten boards we pulled them up,” said Arista.
There are still a few apartments available. “We hope to be filled soon,” Arista said.
The bottom level has commercial tenants that include a hair salon, dog groomer, art studio, locksmith, mill worker, a microphone company and a small high-tech business.
“Anytime that a building with the historical significance and architecture like the Mill is preserved, it is something the town is proud of. There are many references to preserving and protecting Milford’s historic character in the town’s master plan. The fact that a building, such as the Mill, was adapted for needed affordable housing, which is another town master plan goal, makes the project even more significant,” said Bill Parker, Milford Community Development director.