City will sell old firehouse at auction in May

Want to buy a firehouse?

The City of Milford will sell the old Melba Street firehouse at an auction Saturday, May 10, and residents are invited to submit their bid. The minimum bid is $477,000

The Melba Street firehouse is one of two city firehouses that was closed when the new East Side Fire Station was built on New Haven Avenue, consolidating the Melba Street and the Kings Highway fire stations. The Borough of Woodmont will use the Kings Highway fire station for its new borough hall.

The Melba Street property for sale consists of a piece of land totaling approximately 20,000 square feet, located at 204 Melba Street, and acquired by the City of Milford on May 24, 1944.

The property is located in a Business District Zone.

A generator, communication tower and all associated equipment currently located on the property will be removed by the City of Milford.

Other than that, the property is being sold “as is.”

Interested buyers can download bid packages from the city website at Click on the “Changes in Bids” icon for any applicable addenda prior to the date of public auction.

Anyone wishing to participate in the bidding must register with the City of Milford's agent and/or representative 30 minutes prior to the auction and present  a certified or bank check in the amount of $47,700.

Qualified bidders will be issued numbers, and bidding will be conducted and recorded by those numbers. The successful bidder will be required to deposit the check with the City of Milford's agent and/or representative at the end of the auction.

Bidding will begin with a minimum bid of $477,000. All additional bids must be in increments of $1,000.

The successful bidder must be prepared to sign a sales contract immediately upon the conclusion of the auction and to pay the balance of the purchase price no later than June 6.

The auction will take place at the firehouse at noon May 10.

People can tour the property on the following dates:

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, May 1, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, May 10, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to noon

Bidding instructions may be obtained from the Purchasing Department or downloaded at

Click on “Services”, select “Departments”, then select “Purchasing Department”, then select “Current Bids”

For information call 203-783-3250, between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily.