Three Midcoast businesses and initiatives received recognition from Friends of Midcoast Maine at its annual meeting in June. The annual Smart Growth Awards were given to Lyman Morse for the proposed mixed use of a five-story building in downtown Rockland, to The Village Bakery and Café in downtown Waldoboro and to the 15 Gateway 1 communities in Midcoast Maine for continuing their collaboration in planning in transportation issues.

Lyman Morse of Thomaston was recognized for its plans to build a five-story mixed use building overlooking Rockland Harbor, spurring new life to this part of Rockland. Retail, office/commercial and residential lofts will all be offered in this “green” building at the corner of Main Street and Pleasant Street in downtown Rockland. All floors/units will have all-day sunshine, sweeping views and high-end finishes. The proposed building sets the standard for smart growth and investment with height and density rather than costly sprawl. Cabot Lyman accepted the award and noted his appreciation for this recognition.

The Village Bakery and Café of downtown Waldoboro was recognized for contributing to the downtown fabric of Waldoboro by offering a commercial storefront and adding to the vibrancy of village life. Locating in a mixed use building with offices and an apartment above ensures day and night time business. Receiving the award were building owner Jeff Hurd and business owners Liz Petruska, Susan Price and Jessica Hunter.

Fifteen Midcoast Gateway 1 communities were recognized for their continued collaboration on integrating transportation and land use decisions, policies and issues, for collaboratively working to address regional planning issues and for cooperatively working despite the loss of state involvement in the Gateway 1 program that was designed to preserve the state’s investment in Route 1 by planning for growth and development. These include the towns and cities of Brunswick, West Bath, Bath, Edgecomb, Newcastle, Damariscotta, Nobleboro, Waldoboro, Thomaston, Rockland, Rockport, Camden, Lincolnville, Belfast, and Stockton Springs. George Parker of Damariscotta and Rob Nelson of Newcastle accepted the awards on the behalf of their communities.

The meeting was sponsored by Downeast Energy and Building Supply, Renys, Time and Tide, Maine Association of Planners, and the Maine Coastal Program.

Friends of Midcoast Maine is a smart growth organization serving communities and citizens from Brunswick to Bucksport, including peninsula and inland towns. FMM works to build sustainable communities by connecting and making linkages between communities, businesses, natural resources and open spaces, transportation, working waterfronts, affordable housing, energy, viable downtowns and village centers, historic assets and people and fully engaging all citizens in these efforts. For more information visit friendsmidcoast.org.