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OAKLAND DOWNTOWN PROJECT

AN INFORMATIONAL NEWSLETTER

VOLUME 1, NUMBER 2 SEPTEMBER 2001

 

KEY BANK CLOSING

That is the bad news. The good news is that we have another bank that is very interested in moving into the downtown. It's not clear at this time if they will use the Key Bank building. Another important question will be how the new bank location will impact the plans for a municipal parking lot between Buddies and the bank building. Hopefully, we will have answers to these questions in the next month.

UTILITIES RELOCATION

Work to relocate poles and eliminate wires crossing the road will begin this fall. This work will continue through the winter and should be completed by February 15th. When completed this work will greatly improve the appearance of our downtown district.

RAILROAD CROSSING

It appears certain the town, state and the railroad will all share equally in the cost of repairing the Oak Street crossing. Hopefully, this work will be conducted during the road reconstruction work next spring.

PARK & RIDE

State Department of Transportation personnel have visited our downtown area to examine the idea of establishing a Park & Ride lot in back of Buddie's Grocery store. Although funds are not currently available, this kind of project would be a great addition to our downtown. This would be funded completely with State funds.

FAÇADE PROGRAM

The town is still looking for building owners to participate in this program. There is $50,000 available for improvements to buildings in the downtown area. This is an opportunity for owners to get a 25% (up to $4,000 maximum) grant.

NEW WATER MAIN

Consumers Main Water Co. recently began a water main replacement project along Main Street. This work will extend approximately 950 feet from Center Street to Pleasant Street. The town is very appreciative of the Water District's willingness to complete this project this fall.

SEWER MANHOLES

The town will replace 5 new sewer manholes on Main Street beginning in October. The sewer main pipe appears to be in good shape so there are no plans to replace any sections of the main.

ADDITIONAL DOT FUNDS

It is very possible that the scope of the downtown project will be extended with funds from the State Route 11 project. This project, coordinated by the Maine Department of Transportation and scheduled to start next summer, has money for Oakland's Main Street which is part of Route 11. At this time, it is unclear how much additional money will be available. Hopefully, it will be enough to rebuild all of Main Street from Oak Street to Rite-Aid.

PLANNING COMMITTEE

The next meeting of the Downtown Planning Committee is scheduled for Thursday October 25th @ 5:00. This meeting will be held at the Oakland Town Office and all interested citizens are welcome to attend.

 

Downtown Revitalization Menu

Executive Summary
A. Key Findings
B. Recommended Plan
1. Marketing
2. Management
3. Streetscape
4. Municipal Parking
5. Gateways
6. Town Common and Walking Park
7. Facade Improvements
8. Funding Sources
9. Implementation Plan

Newsletters
September 01

If you would like to ask questions or discuss this plan or any other items concerning Oakland, please stop by our community forum by clicking here.

 

 

 


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