MILTON — A $1-million project which has been approximately four years in the making is nearing completion and a Milton complex is starting to fill up with tenants.
Ted Cresswell, a general partner with the Arch Street Partnership, said his group’s three-story apartment and commercial business complex, which is located at the intersection of Arch and Center streets in Milton, has been accepting tenants since the springtime.
Creswell said a previous building which stood at the location where his partnership’s Arch Street Complex is now located was originally built in 1985 by his business, Ted Creswell Construction of Mifflinburg.
His firm has also spent the past four years building the present complex.
The original building which stood at the location was owned by Creswell and housed the Department of Unemployment Security for many years until it stood vacant after the agency moved out.
“That building was outdated,” Cresswell said.
He added that the block foundation and roof of that original building were incorporated into the new complex which his construction company, under the direction of his son TJ Cresswell, began working on in 2007.
“The construction and approval process took several years,” Cresswell said. “It was a lot longer process (than we expected). We had to tear down a building in the center of the community and had to work with the community (to rebuild it).”
He praised the Borough of Milton, as well as the Milton Police Department, for accommodating him as construction of the building would frequently lead to traffic delays in the borough as heavy equipment was moved along the street during the construction process.
Now that the work is almost complete, Cresswell said the complex features eight two-bedroom and four one-bedroom apartments. He said “six or seven” of the units have been rented and he expects the rest to be filled within the next several months.
“Our goal was to learn more toward the 55 and over (clientele),” Cresswell said. “But we’re blessed with some younger professionals (living at the Arch Street Complex).”
In addition to the upper two floors being filled with finished apartment, a first floor currently sits vacant with renovations to still be completed. Creswell said that area is approximately 4,300 to 4,400 square feet and could accommodate between one and ten businesses, depending on size.
While no businesses are signed to move into the facility, Cresswell said there are possibilities.
“I presently have a group of dentists from the Williamsport area that are looking to come here as a health food, health spa business,” he said. “They think that Milton has a clientele that would use that type of facility.”
Cresswell noted that renovations to the first floor can easily be completed, to match the needs of a renter, once a business signs on to move into the facility.
In addition to the three stories with apartments and commercial space available for rent, Cresswell said his complex also features a vacant ground floor. He said the ground floor must be kept empty because the building is located in the flood plain.
For more information on the Arch Street Complex, contact Cresswell at 966-3808.
Staff writer Kevin Mertz can be reached at 570-742-9671 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.