PAVING NEW ROADS: DOWNTOWN WATERVILLE TRANSIT CORRIDOR, GATEWAYS, AND REVITALIZATION
Working with Colby College, the City of Waterville was awarded a national infrastructure grant under the program Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD). This grant award will contribute to an innovative public-private partnership to revitalize Waterville. The project will convert two downtown streets from single-direction traffic to two-way traffic, to make improvements to five intersections, and to reconstruct sidewalks and major public spaces to promote accessibility and walkability throughout the downtown. The project will introduce streetscape features to calm traffic, promote walking and biking, and improve the attractiveness and quality of life downtown to increase economic activity.
The project also includes funding for improvements in Castonguay Square, Main Street’s primary public parking green space, that will serve as the hub for a diverse set of community events including the downtown Waterville Farmers Market, Waterville Rocks! concert series, the Maine International Film Festival, the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce’s annual Taste of Waterville, and more. Waterville’s downtown revitalization strategy looks to reverse the loss of growth and lack of vitality, which the city experienced with the shifting of the industrial economy. With its focus on the core downtown gateways and corridors, this project will positively impact the region’s economic development.