WASHINGTON — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Thursday the selection of nearly $66.4 million in essential community facilities projects in 33 states throughout the country — including two in Maine — that are being funded immediately through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This is the third wave of Recovery Act community facilities investments announced by USDA.
In Maine, the town of Stockholm has been selected to receive a total of $780,000 in loan and grant funds to provide funding to renovate a building that once housed the Stockholm school. After renovations are completed, it will be used as a municipal building and emergency meeting center, consolidate the public services into one building, house a new fire station, and be ADA-compliant to allow the public easier access.
In Eagle Lake, Northern Maine General has been selected to receive a loan in the amount of $1 million to construct a new 7,300-square-foot office building for administration and program services. The new office building will eliminate fire safety hazards, add ADA compliance and increase room for more daily living and development skill programs for the mentally disabled. The new space will replace the current administrative building, a two-story structure that is more than 60 years old.