Woodmont community center opens in former Milford firehouse

MILFORD >> The city’s Borough of Woodmont recently celebrated the opening of the new Woodmont Borough Hall community center after three years of renovations.

Woodmont Warden Edward Bonessi Jr., Mayor Benjamin G. Blake, firefighters and others Saturday unveiled the plaque dedicated to those who made the new gathering place possible, Bonessi said in a press release.

The funds for the renovations on the old firehouse at 128 King’s Highway came from a state STEAP grant. The hall will be used for borough business and as a first-response center.

“We want this to be a place of first-response during severe storms, like Sandy,” Bonessi said. “Devon has one, but it really only serves that part of the Milford community; that’s why it is important to have this center for people to be able to take refuge if needed.”

The building was constructed in 1904 by the original Woodmont Volunteer Firefighters, established in 1801 when Woodmont was a small farming community before summer beach cottages, hotels and restaurants were built, he said.

Katie Murphy, author of “Woodmont: A Brief History,” will be in charge of the museum in the hall.