Camden lands $491,314 downtown grant

Posted June 18, 2013, at 7:52 p.m.
Last modified June 18, 2013, at 11:35 p.m.

CAMDEN, Maine — The town has been awarded a $491,314 grant for downtown improvements stated in its master plan.

“This is a great day for Camden,” Camden Select Board Chair Martin Cates stated in a news release. “When the Select Board adopted the downtown master plan, we were very clear that we did not want it to be a report that just sat on the shelf. Receiving such a sizeable grant will make it possible to accomplish many of the recommendations in the plan.”

The Maine Department of Transportation administers the grant program from federal transportation money. The goal of this program is to improve transportation, safety and promote economic development, the town stated.

The town’s master plan calls for constructing new sidewalks and pathways along Washington, Bay View and Commercial streets; pedestrian access to the public landing; curb extensions; lighting and other downtown amenities.

“When we embarked on creating a downtown master plan in 2012, it became apparent there was an opportunity to create more of a pedestrian focused downtown,” Cates stated.

The master plan was created in partnership with a consulting team led by Lachman Architects & Planners. When it was presented to the Camden Select Board in May 2012, more than 75 citizens attended, and two dozen individuals spoke in favor of the plan with no opposition.

The grant requires a local match by the town of $122,829 which will need to be approved through the town’s budget process.

Citizens will have the opportunity to provide comments on potential improvements during future public meetings.

Copies of the master plan can be viewed at the Camden Town Office or at the Camden Public Library. It is also available at www.camdenmaine.gov

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