BANGOR, Maine — Big changes are slated for Bangor’s West Side Village this year, and the city wants to fill in neighborhood residents and business owners and gauge their feelings on the changes.
City officials will host a public information session about the project at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in the James F. Doughty School gym on Fifth Street. Evan Richert, a land use planning consultant and former state planning office director, will update locals on what has already been done and what is planned for the coming construction season.
The West Side Village stretches from from Main Street west to Third Street and from Buck Street north to Union Street, and also has been called the “Main Street Corridor.”
The area has struggled with issues ranging from crime and abandoned properties, to degrading streets and sidewalks prompting talks about how to alleviate the problems and strengthen the neighborhood. More recently, residents raised concerns about increased traffic resulting from the opening of the city’s new arena.
Revitalization efforts launched late last year, with crews clearing shrubs and trimming trees, improving walkways and lighting in Second Street Park in hopes of making it a more inviting place for families.
During winter, the city has been developing a work plan for spring and summer. That work is expected to include a series of paving and curbing projects, new sidewalks, water and sewer projects, and more.