MILO, Maine — The state Department of Economic and Community Development has awarded Milo a $150,000 grant to make street and building facade improvements to the upper block of Main Street.
The grant, part of an effort to rebuild and revitalize the downtown, was written and submitted by Dr. Kenneth Woodbury, Piscataquis County Economic Development specialist, on behalf of the town.
Milo Town Manager Jeff Gahagan said Tuesday that he was “very pleased” the town received the award. The funds will allow the town to make improvements to spruce up the downtown that was destroyed by an arson fire, he said.
“The grant will add new street and pedestrian lighting, decorative improvements, benches, trees and shrubs and other landscape enhancements,” Woodbury wrote this week in a press release.
Grants will be made available to five downtown businesses to improve their facades with paint, siding, awnings, planters, and signs to provide a more unified appearance in line with the new design scheme for the downtown developed by Civil Engineering Services Inc. of Brewer, according to the release.
Meetings will be arranged with building owners to explain the voluntary program.
In addition to the $150,000, a $350,000 Safe Streets project will improve the street from the Sebec River to the Milo Free Library and town hall, Woodbury said. Another combined grant of $222,300 will add two new parks.
Bid specifications for these projects are being prepared now with construction expected by this summer, according to Woodbury.