Artist rendering of Downtown Waterville

Partnering for Waterville’s Future

Members of the community from all sectors of the city have joined together to make catalytic investments and revitalize a beautiful, historic downtown.

Video: Waterville’s Transformation


Over the past century, significant changes in industry and manufacturing have left their impact on the character of downtown. The closure and eventual decommission of the mills, along with the radical transformation of the urban renewal projects of the 1960s, significantly changed the city’s character, turning what was once a dense and vibrant downtown into a less cohesive patchwork of spaces.

However, the downtown was left with many buildings of immense historic and aesthetic value. The city is poised to leverage these valuable assets while transforming downtown through many exciting projects led by private investors, the City of Waterville, and Colby College.

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