News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, November 1, 2012
Engineering firm plans meeting on infrastructure work
Asks for input on streetscape of downtown area

by Anne Berleant

Olver Associates, the engineering firm behind Castine’s master infrastructure improvement plan, has invited downtown businesses, neighboring property owners and members of the Castine Community and Economic Development to a meeting on Thursday, November 8.

The purpose of this meeting is to hear community preferences and viewpoints on the downtown streetscape affected by underground utility work.

While the utility infrastructure below the streets will be the focus of the work, changes to the streetscape above will have “the longest lasting impact on the character of the community for both residents and visitors,” wrote William Olver, president of Olver Associates, in a letter sent to property owners.

Olver Associates has retained the landscape architectural firm of WBRC in Bangor to provide streetscape design for the project.

The affected streets will be Main Street between Water and Court Streets, Sea Street, and Water Street between Pleasant Street and Green Street.

Infrastructure work on those streets is projected to begin in 2014, contingent on town meeting approval in 2013. It represents Phase II of the overall master plan; Phase I was completed in 2011.

The work will complete improvements to sewer and water lines and storm drains, portions of which are over 100 years old and in poor condition.

Phase II of the master plan is estimated at around $4 million and the retired debt service for Phase I work will help fund Phase II, said Town Manager Dale Abernethy at a previous meeting on the plan.

The meeting with Olver Associates will be held Thursday, November 8, 4 p.m., at Emerson Hall.