Community Development Director
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(207) 647-8786 (main)
(207) 803-9960 (direct)
Bridgton participates in, collaborates with, and learns from a wider community of planning and community development organizations, both locally and nationwide. Here are a few of our favorites:
In 2014, Bridgton voters adopted a Comprehensive Plan for the town, around which much of the current Community Development Department work is focused. You can view the Comprehensive Plan here.
Main Street Streetscape Project – History / Phase I
The early stages of this project were documented on a blog available here.
Phase I of the project was completed on November 10, 2016. Phase II is now underway.
About Bridgton Community Development
The Bridgton Community Development Department oversees and directs all planning and development activities.
“A process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems” ~United Nations
BRIDGTON ECONOMIC AND MARKET ANALYSIS
Economic and Market Analysis Summary click here.
Economic and Market Analysis Full Report click here.
Maine Rent Relief Program Now Accepting Applications
MaineHousing has re-opened the state rent relief program. Tenants and landlords can learn more about program rules and submit an application here: https://www.mainehousing.org/programs-services/rental/rentaldetail/covid-19-rental-relief-program
New Small Business Grant Opportunity
This new opportunity provides grants for businesses and non-profit organizations that demonstrate a need for financial relief based on lost revenues or expenses related to the disruption of business operations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants will be distributed based on a business’s/organization’s demonstrated losses as a pro-rated percentage of the total losses reported by qualified applicants.
The program is not intended to replace lost profits but only to help businesses remain viable. This program is intended to assist in the stabilization of Maine’s economy and accelerate the transition from short-term relief to regaining our state’s focus on Maine’s 10-year Economic Development Strategy, anchored in talent and innovation.
Town of Bridgton and Cumberland County Community Development Block Grant Program 2021
Please be advised the Town of Bridgton is soliciting applications for the TOWN OF BRIDGTON MAINE & CUMBERLAND COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT CDBG PROGRAM for FFY 2021. Applications are due January 12, 2021 on or before 4 PM. Applications shall fall under the following types of projects/programs: Public Service, Public Infrastructure/Facility, Housing, Downtown Revitalization, or Economic Development. Applications must meet one of 2 national objectives: serving those with low/moderate income or for the elimination of slum and blight. Applications will be reviewed by staff and forwarded to the Community Development Committee for a recommendation and then forwarded to the Select Board for approval. For Infrastructure project applications click here. For Public Service applications click here. Applicants are required to attend a MANDATORY “workshop” with Community Development staff to review requirements and project eligibility. The mandatory virtual workshop will take place December 9, 2021 at 9:00. Any questions may be directed to Courtney Kemp, CDBG Admin at the town office- firstname.lastname@example.org or (207)-803-9960
Open Mic- CDBG 2021-2022
Community Development Committee- Open Mic
Thu, Feb 11, 2021 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM (EST)
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Maine Tourism, Hospitality & Retail Economic Recovery Grant Program Application
The funding for this program originates from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund and will be awarded in the form of grants to directly alleviate the disruption of operations suffered by Maine’s small businesses and organizations in the tourism, hospitality and retail sectors as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is governed by Federal CARES Act requirements and the State cannot expand eligibility to organizations excluded in the Federal legislation. DECD, in collaboration with our economic development and business support partners, is offering a final round of targeted grant funds to provide some revenue loss relief due to COVID-related business disruption.
Funds will be awarded to the first 2,500 approved applications on a “first come-first served” basis to eligible tourism, hospitality & retail customer facing businesses and organizations in the following industry classifications:
- Accommodation and Food Services; Breweries, Wineries & Distilleries
- Retail Trade
- Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
Gross sales as reported on sales tax filings is the key metric so eligible organizations will also need to have submitted sales tax filings for their operations.
Eligible applicants may receive up to $20,000.
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Main Street Streetscape Project Focus Areas
Main Street Streetscape Project – Phase II
Renovation and improvements to the upper portion of Main Street from Pondicherry Square to the Monument.
Lower Main Street Reconstruction Project
Reconstruction, renovation, and improvements to the lower portion of Main Street from Pondicherry Square to Cross Street.
Street Light Details
Diagrams: Lamp Post, Brackets, and Luminaire
MAIN STREET STREETSCAPE – RENY’S ROADWAY WIDTH EXHIBIT
Updated design drawing of the portion of roadway near Reny’s (Focus Area 3). Existing road widths, curbing, striping, and sidewalks are show in red; proposed show in black.