Title

"Focus Augusta/Waterville" piece on the opportunities and challenges that may ar

Authors

Douglas Rooks

Source

Mainebiz

Date

1-9-2012

Pages

1, 18-19

Abstract

"Focus Augusta/Waterville" piece on the opportunities and challenges that may arise from the 2014 availability of 70 acres of land for development or redevelopment in Augusta along the eastern bank of the Kennebec River. Matt Nazar, Augusta's city planner, sees this as a chance to rebalance Augusta's development along both sides of the river instead of being focused mostly on the West Side. However, the redevelopment of the first East Side site, the Kennebec Arsenal, has foundered despite benefiting from the state's first tax credit for redevelopment of historic buildings due to the developer's financial setbacks. The Eastside Planning Committee's suggestions for the soon vacated MaineGeneral Medical Center and the former American Tissue Mill site include public spaces, parking, and bike and walking trails as well as commercial and residential uses.

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