City council looks at goals for Camden Street as Walmart move approaches
Rockland — Rockland City Council will consider resolves at the Monday, Feb. 11, meeting aimed at establishing objectives for Camden Street redevelopment.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.
The council will consider adopting a series of "value statements" proposed by the Economic Development Advisory Committee, which has been looking at goals for Camden Street. How will it be re-developed after the Walmart in Rockland closes and relocates to the new superstore being built on Route 1 in Thomaston?
The values include access to the harbor for recreation, economic and cultural identity; celebrating historic character; and embracing the hometown qualities of life including city-wide neighborliness and a small-town feel.
"We appreciate the availability of comprehensive goods and services including commercial, retail, recreational, educational, religious and cultural," the resolve document states.
Also mentioned are public service, volunteerism, beauty, natural resources and diversity.
"We desire enhanced walkability, bicycling and transit in order to promote personal health, safety, enjoyment and convenience," it states.
Specific goals include:
- Diluting highway focus without diminishing capacity by building a civilized street that enriches the experience of all users of the corridor, including pedestrians, vehicles, bicycles and transit.
- Reinforce mixed use, including residential, commercial and recreational uses.
- Enhance all networks including wildlife, storm water, transit, and pedestrian linkages, etc.
- Changing the perception of the area
- Creating economic opportunities for redevelopment
- Planning for the long term
The resolve is sponsored by City Manager James Smith.
The Rockland Economic Development Committee has been working with Friends of Midcoast Maine and local residents developing a community plan for the Camden Street strip.
Included in the study to be developed will be ways to improve car, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Part of the scope would be increase of real estate values and reformation of Camden Street as a gateway to the downtown, a benefit to the adjacent neighborhoods, and the city as a whole.
City councilors met with members of the committee during the agenda-setting meeting Feb. 4.
Meanwhile, plans are continuing for the new Walmart Superstore in Thomaston.
The February Thomaston newsletter provided the following update:
"The project continues toward the goal of substantial completion set for Aug. 24. Followed by the fixture set completion on Sept. 6 with the final stocking, the grand opening is set for Oct. 16, 2013.
"...Currently the 2-foot by 1 1⁄2-foot perimeter footings are being installed in preparation for precast walls to be installed. This will be followed by steel beams and the roof scheduled for mid-March completion by Pike Construction."
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