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Mechanic Street parking lot update retains pedestrian stairway

By Susan Mustapich | Jul 10, 2020
Photo by: Susan Mustapich

CAMDEN — For years, the decaying retaining wall dividing the downtown parking lots on Mechanic and Washington streets was invisible to most, or something to be ignored.

This week, a retaining wall redo is underway, with a new pedestrian stairway, built into the wall, in place.

The stairway is one new element that remains from a controversial redesign of the parking lot. That version was scrapped because it was unpopular with merchants and residents because it reduced the number of parking spaces in the small but highly used lot.

Upgrades also include resurfacing the lots, and, on the Mechanic Street side, improved drainage and new sidewalks.

Pedestrian-friendly improvements are coming into focus in Camden. Town government is working with, and receiving funding from the Maine Department of Transportation, to make downtown crosswalks safer, and has held two community sessions about walkability and safety throughout Camden.

The replacement sidewalk around the Mechanic Street parking lot in downtown Camden has an improved layout. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Improvements to the Mechanic Street parking lot  downtown Camden are taking shape. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
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