MILFORD — Hoping to spur interest from entrepreneurs and investors looking for a place to call home, local officials are offering a tour of available commercial properties in Amherst and Milford.
On Saturday, March 29, the Milford Improvement Team (MIT) and the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce will be showcasing available commercial spaces in town, according to Wendy Hunt, executive director of MIT.
"This tour is perfect for anyone thinking about starting up a business or relocating their existing business to the Milford or Amherst area," said Hunt.
More than 20 properties will be included on the tour, including office, retail and industrial spaces.
"We don't want to hide our vacancies; we want to showcase them," Hunt said. "A vacancy is an opportunity."
The day's activities will begin at 9 a.m. at Chappell Tractor on Route 13 in Milford where participants can pick up a map, some breakfast and a goody bag.
A panel of folks who know the area well, including community development directors Bill Parker of Milford and Sarah Marchant of Amherst, along with representatives from the towns' building and fire departments, local lenders and commercial realtors, will discuss the perks of establishing businesses in the area, said Hunt.
"Any question you might have about starting or relocating a business in these towns can be answered by this panel," Hunt said. "If you need to know what you need to do to finish a space or whether the electrical system can handle what you want to do in a building, these people will know the answers."
From zoning regulations to traffic counts to financing opportunities, having all the parties in the same place can take some of the guess work out of establishing a business, said Hunt, and makes it easier for entrepreneurs and investors to see what's out there in the course of one day.
Beginning at 10 a.m., participants can follow their maps on a self-guided tour of the available commercial properties in the two towns. At each stop along the way, there will be real estate professionals on hand to answer questions about the properties and to show visitors around.
"Not everybody is going to want to see every property," Hunt said.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a number of restaurants in the area that are taking part in the event, offering specials to those taking the tour including the Jade Dragon, Clark's Tavern, The Pasta Loft and Giorgio's of Milford.
Tickets for the tour are $10 per person and include breakfast and the discussion panel. For more information, visit www.milfordimprovementteam.org or www.souhegan.net.