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Issue 51 — Thursday, July 21, 2016
He Moves Back Home,
Falls In Love With
House On High Street

MILFORD — Like many borough natives, Karl Wagner III, from one of Milford’s oldest and most prominent families, left town for the wider world to seek his fortune. Karl moved back three years ago, after working in the investment industry down in Philadelphia, and he became a partner with Biondo Investment advisors and director of Business Development there. Then he decided to make an investment of his own – in real estate.

“Growing up I was always fascinated by this building,” he said last week as he stood before the Armstrong House on East High Street, a multigabled, turn-of-the-20th Century mansion with huge porches and slate roofs. “It stood out from other architecture.” Wagner knew the previous owners, the Palmers, and he knew the Armstrong House, though a little run down, was well built.“I felt called to save the place,” he said. Following the death of some of the Palmer family members, including former Milford Borough secretary Liz Samuelson, he learned the mansion was on the market, put in a bid, and bought it for $500,000, 100 times more than it cost back in 1898 when it was the most expensive house in Milford.

Long since broken up into apartments (it has five tenants living there now), it was erected by William Armstrong, a builder from New York City who used it as a summer home. It later became the Windsor Hotel, then the Judd School for children with disabilities before passing on to the Palmers, Wagner said. “There’s a huge need for rentals in Milford,” he said, “especially one- and two-bedrooms. “This place is quiet and off the main street.”

The jewel among the six units, vacant at the present, is an apartment on the first and second floors, right off the main entrance, which has a grand staircase, stained glass windows, 12-foot ceilings, walnut woodwork, two fireplaces, and pocket doors in the dining room. There are two bedrooms upstairs and lots of living space. Wagner wants to fix the wiring and ceiling, spruce things up with a new paint job and rent it to somebody who wants a pied-a-terre in trendy Milford or a large apartment without the worries of home ownership.

Summing up his purchase of the Armstrong House, Wagner said, “I’ve been back living here for three years, and it is so much fun being back home. In 10 years I’ll tell you whether this was the best investment I ever made or the biggest mistake I ever made.”


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Spill At Construction Site Delays Decision On DV Band Director

WESTFALL — The Delaware Valley School Board held its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, July 14th and heard once again from parents and students on the reason why Lance Rauh should continue as the DVHS concert band director. Although no decision has been made yet, District Superintendent John Bell did assure the public he would make a decision no later than next week as recent events in the construction of the new DV Elementary School had required his immediate attention, “… we had a major spill at the elementary school and had to redo two wings from top to bottom, so they were completely done and they got 25,000 gallons of water dumped on them...I’m hoping by the end of next week to be done.”

Directors voted to appoint Pam Lutfy, the current DV School Board President, as the Pennsylvania School Board Association (PSBA) Voting Delegate to the Legislative Policy Council and made a motion to add Dawn Bujak, a current Director, as an additional delegate. The Board also accepted the amount of $3,135 as proceeds from the Surplus Sale of Furniture and Equipment from the old DV Elementary School held June 16th of the current year.

Also on the agenda was the possibility of a $10 million bond to further develop Career and Technical Education (CTE) at the high school. The goal of the project would be to modernize and upgrade the current equipment being used in the programs, add additional instructional space, improve use of labs and classrooms, provide classrooms with each lab and improve circulation. The project would also include the addition of two additional CTE options: Recreational Vehicle and Small Engine Repair and Criminal Justice-Security/Law Enforcement, which are based on the Commonwealth’s High Priority Occupation’s List for the Pocono Area.

The bond would take the district a little over 14 years to pay back, and the program would cost an additional $250,000 per year in operating costs beginning in 2019-2020 when the program would be ready to launch. Directors agreed to take a look at the plan more carefully and possibly visit other districts to see how they are growing and managing their CTE programs. In addition, they voted to set up a work session in September to further discuss the matter... for complete story, get this week's paper.

 
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