Thomaston receives $150,000 downtown grant

Posted June 13, 2012, at 2:15 p.m.

THOMASTON, Maine — The town has been awarded a $150,000 state grant to make improvements to the downtown.

Thomaston was one of seven communities to receive the Community Development Block Grants out of 13 municipalities that applied, according to a news release from the town. Thomaston was the fourth highest-scoring application, the release noted.

The grant will pay for streetscape improvements behind the Thomaston business block, which will involve the installation of underground conduits for future electrical and street lighting, a new handicapped-accessible sidewalk and curbing along the Alley Way access road and the removal of the guardrail, and the erection of new decorative street lights.

Prior to the streetscape work, the town will need to make some storm drainage improvements to the parking area, the release stated.

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Local matching funds will be provided from the revenues derived from the Thomaston Green Downtown Revitalization Tax Increment Financing District.

Facade improvements will be made to the front and rear of the commercial building at 191-193 Main St., which is an attached part of the business block and where Thomaston Grocery is located on the first floor. Specifically, the CDBG and the property owner’s matching funds will be used for the following exterior improvements: repairs to the Mansard-style roof and cornice, repointing the brick work, installation of historically accurate and energy-efficient windows in the upper-level floors, removal of the old patch-work plaster on the first-floor level, renovations to the front and rear grocery store entrance and front window replacement and painting.

The project is expected to begin in the fall and be completed by the end of 2013.

The success of the application was the result of a nearly yearlong collaboration involving the Select Board and Town Manager Valmore Blastow, Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent John Fancy, lead grant writer Rodney Lynch, Landmark Surveyors and Engineers of Rockport, the Town Office staff, the Business Block property owner and Public Works Director James Connon, the release said.

Fancy will act as the project manager for the streetscape improvements, Denis Lachman of Lachman Architects and Planners of Portland will provide the architectural services for the facade improvements as the firm did for the first phase, and Lynch and the town office staff will administer the grant.

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