A year ago in this same space, an appeal to support the very newly named The Milton Club appeared. Again in this space, that support remains and will be renewed.
For at least 80 years, a social club has operated from the site at 193 Central Ave. The Milton Club, under the leadership and ownership of Peter Kelly, features a renovated interior for functions. Kelly and his wife bought the light green shingled building and about an acre and a half of land in 2018, for $1.5 million.
The benefit to Milton residents of the function room facility in town is that it offers a place for families and groups to meet who need a space larger than a religious/sacred hall and smaller than event halls elsewhere on the South Shore or in Boston.
Application for a liquor license does not mean the club will become a modern day saloon. It does mean that venues may be easier to be booked as it is one less thing a party or wedding planner must be concerned about. Booking more life celebrations — from weddings to anniversaries to birthday parties — could help Kelly accomplish another reason for his purchase of the site: to offer rooms and studios for local nonprofit associations to meet and practice their craft.
In the building’s earlier incarnation in a residential neighborhood, parties and gatherings for life’s milestones were held at this location, in a residential neighborhood.
The same holds true today.
Imagine – for a moment – if instead of a social club/function hall the building at 193 Central Ave. ws converted in a large, single-family residence and a couple with 6 or more children moved in, along with two sizable dogs, three cars, and the multi-schedules this clan would come with. Would the noise of the giggles and laughter, the squabbles and verbal reprimands, be that much different than neighbors’ worst fears of what activity inside The Milton Club would be?
Asking that Kelly share upcoming event information with abutters is fine as long as the neighbors do not try to micromanage the club. We live in a noisy world; silence is not a given. Still, it can be managed. Police or private security details could be hired to oversee a night’s activity. Hours of operation can be spelled out in the license, along with local and state ordinances associated with a liquor license.
There are not many small to medium-sized businesses in Milton to offer local jobs or contribute to the town’s revenue stream via business and entertainment taxes. East Milton and the Eliot Street/Milton Landing bear the brunt of income-producing entities.
Functions booked at The Milton Club could benefit many.
Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall” comes to mind. Its line that “good fences make good neighbors” could offer a solution.
We trust that concerns of the abutters can be constructively worked out with Kelly and his legal team to work out a way to award The Milton Club its liquor license, keep this historic building open and operating as a social club at 193 Central Ave.
– Lisa D. Connell