The Select Board on March 5 approved T.Y. Lin International Group of Falmouth to undertake the Riverwalk and Public Landing Redesign project.

Director of the Camden Development Office Brian Hodges said the Request For Proposals committee had engaged in a "thorough and diligent" search, and selected the firm in a unanimous vote.

"They understand the sensitivity of these projects and are committed to a robust community engagement process," Hodges said of T.Y. Lin.

Members of Camden's RFP team were represented the town's Economic and Community Development Advisory Committee, Downtown Business Group, residents of Knox Mill Condominiums, the Harbor Committee, the Riverwalk Coalition — which includes the Pathways Committee, Conservation Commission and Parks & Recreation Department — as well as town administration.

Hodges said the town received two grants of $15,000 each, which, along with local matching funds, will total $40,000 "to achieve those particular projects."

According to Hodges, the RFP Committee received 11 proposals regarding the redesign project. Hodges said it is "unusual to have that many proposals" but called it "a good problem to have."

Hodges said T.Y. Lin — which includes landscape architects Terrence J. DeWan & Associates of Yarmouth; engineering firm Baker Design Consultants Inc. of Yarmouth; Penobscot Environmental Consulting, Inc. of Camden; survey and engineering firm Northeast Civil Solutions of Scarborough, and architects, land use architects, and research and planning firm Planning Decisions, Inc. of Portland — consistently scored the highest according to the RFP Committee's predetermined criteria.

Selection criteria included the firms' work on similar projects, preferably in Maine, and most innovative and effective public participation plan.

The $40,000 cost includes schematic designs, construction cost estimates and potential economic impact for the Harbor to River Walk project, which will run from Camden Public Landing to Shirttail Point.

Hodges said the project's targeted completion date is October 2013.

In other business:

  • The Select Board approved a Special Amusement Permit and renewable Class I Restaurant Malt, Spiritous and Vinous License for Atlantica Restaurant; a renewal Class I Restaurant Malt, Spiritous and Vinous License for Fresh Restaurant; a Class I-A Hotel  Spiritous, Vinous and Malt Liquor License for Whitehall Inn; and a Class V Bed & Breakfast Spiritous, Vinous and Malt Liquor License for Hawthorne Inn.
  • Hodges said he is working with cruise ship industry representatives to "package" Camden attractions for potential cruise ship excursions.
  • Bob Gordon said Ragged Mountain Recreation Area's Capital Campaign is nearing the $3.8 million mark. Gordon said the fundraising is "full steam ahead, into the home stretch." A March 16 "Push to the Summit" fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will include cardboard box racing, which Gordon said will be "a lot of fun, a lot of laughs."
  • The Select Board authorized Camden Town Manager Patricia Finnigan "to work with regional town managers [including] Rockport, Lincolnville and Hope to provide a range of options and recommendations to ensure Midcoast residents continue to have reliable, high-quality emergency medical services available to them." Issues regarding the Camden First Aid Association's recent request for increased funds will be discussed at a budget meeting Thursday, March 7, which will take place at 7 p.m. in the Washington Street conference room.

Camden Herald reporter Bane Okholm can be reached at 236-8511 ext. 304 or by email at bokholm@courierpublicationsllc.com.