MILO, Maine — Drawings of what the downtown Veteran’s Park would look like were revealed Thursday to Milo selectmen and the public.
Dr. Ken Woodbury of the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council, who has been working with town officials on the downtown revitalization project, showed the sketches completed by Civil Engineering Services Inc. of Brewer.
The town is vying for a competitive Riverfront Community Development Bond program grant of about $220,000 to provide two floating docks, for the purchase of land to enlarge the park, and for work at the park.
“Everybody was very, very positive and pleased with Ken’s presentation and the work that he’s done on coming up with a plan to improve the downtown,” Milo Town Manager Jeff Gahagan said Friday.
Woodbury said Friday the Department of Transportation has set aside $280,000 of a $400,000 congressional earmark obtained earlier by Dover-Foxcroft and Milo, for Milo’s effort to improve pedestrian safety in the downtown. That $280,000 can be used as a match for the Riverfront grant, if awarded, he said.
The transportation funds originally were earmarked for a turning lane on Route 6-16 into Pleasant River Lumber Co. in Dover-Foxcroft, and a similar turning lane for the Eastern Piscataquis Industrial Park on Route 11 in Milo.
In addition to the Riverfront grant, the town plans to seek grants for the purchase of the lots left behind when a fire leveled the buildings on Main Street this fall, a $500,000 Downtown Revitalization Community Development Block Grant, a Safe Streets grant, and low-interest loans.
“The cooperation we’ve had from the townspeople has been enormous, and trying to secure federal and state dollars to rebuild downtown is a daunting task but it has been a little bit easier with the tremendous amount of community support we’ve had,” Gahagan said.