Resort opening, $11.2 million revitalization undertaking among ideas for this year in downtown Waterville

WATERVILLE — Colby School officials hope to open up the Entrance & Principal cafe inside of the Lockwood Hotel on Key Street downtown in late spring and the lodge by itself, in late summer months, if all goes according to prepare and it is risk-free to do so.

The $26 million lodge is just a single of a bevy of initiatives on faucet for this 12 months downtown, which includes the get started of perform on the city’s $11.2 million revitalization undertaking to contain switching the website traffic pattern on Front and Primary streets, and increasing intersections and sidewalks. That challenge will get started this spring and is anticipated to be done in the second fifty percent of 2022.

Brian Clark, Colby’s vice president of setting up, reported Wednesday that using the services of will choose location for lodge positions over the summer months, and it is predicted that when the lodge is up and jogging, 55 to 60 folks will be operating there.

“We’re looking for terrific folks,” he said.

The hotel will be managed by Charlestowne Motels. The general supervisor for the home is Jordan Rowan, who already is working on website and has been in the region due to the fact slide Maine native Jesse Souza, who attended university in the Bangor area and not long ago returned to Maine from Seattle, was employed as govt chef for the lodge and cafe and Waterville indigenous John Phillips-Sandy is director of food and beverage for the hotel, in accordance to Clark.

The lodge visitor rooms were being retrofitted in response to the coronavirus pandemic for 100 Colby students whose semester will conclude in May possibly. After that, for the subsequent three months, the scholar home furnishings and temporary carpets will be eliminated from the building and the rooms reworked into lodge visitor rooms, in accordance to Clark. Most of the building on the setting up alone is expected to be completed in the upcoming few of weeks, he explained.

Options to develop the Verna’s All Day cafe on the floor flooring of the Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons at 150 Primary St. were being positioned on pause for the reason that of the pandemic, but Clark reported the house owners, Andrew and Briana Volk, are back discussing design and style strategies and it is expected the eatery will open when the temperature gets warmer.

He stated the Volks have been concentrating on their Portland Hunt & Alpine Club restaurant in that town and earning absolutely sure their workers is taken care of all through the pandemic.

About 200 Colby pupils and staff reside on the upper flooring of the Alfond Most important Road Commons constructing, which also properties Camden Countrywide Bank on the ground flooring.

The Lockwood Resort on Primary Road in Waterville on Thursday. Michael G. Seamans/Early morning Sentinel

At 173 Major St. across from the Commons, Bixby & Co. is scheduled to transfer into a room just north of Portland Pie Co. in early to mid-summertime, in accordance to Clark. A Rockland-primarily based chocolatier, Bixby will aspect an artisan chocolate café and shop. The business’ founder and main executive officer is Kate McAleer.

Meanwhile, throughout Most important Street from the lodge, do the job on Colby’s Arts Collaborative continues.

Found at 14 and 20 Principal St., the properties are staying transformed into a hub of creativeness that will supply studio area and programming for artists, pupils and educators from around the environment.

The $6.5 million project was announced in February after Peter and Paula Lunder, previously of Waterville, delivered the task with a $3 million donation by the Lunder Basis.

“That is progressing on routine,” Clark reported. “Construction is going alongside genuinely properly. We are on timetable to be completed in April.”

The creating has a new roof, the flooring have been redone, and new windows mounted. A smaller addition to the back of the setting up residences an elevator, stairwell and operate rooms.

Plans for the $18-$20 million Paul J. Schupf Artwork Middle following to Castonguay Sq. will go in advance of the city’s Setting up Board this spring with construction to begin in late spring-early summer season, in accordance to Clark. The developing, to involve a glass wall going through Castonguay Sq., will contain a cinema, artwork gallery and cafe, between other options.

Meanwhile, the $11.2 million downtown revitalization venture, the funding for which consists of a $7.37 million federal Develop grant and funding from the town, Colby and the point out Office of Transportation, will be launched as other initiatives progress. With all the exercise, Waterville is poised for thrilling developments downtown, in accordance to Clark.

“Waterville’s relocating though a good deal of other destinations are keeping regular,” he reported.


Garvan Donegan, director of scheduling, innovation and economic development for the Central Maine Progress Council, agrees with Clark that the town is poised for terrific issues.

Donegan goes so considerably as to say the economic improvement initiatives, including the focus on the arts, go further than that of what quite a few other communities of Waterville’s measurement are undertaking across the region. The endeavours probable represent the greatest variety of economic progress initiatives the metropolis, and almost certainly the region, has at any time observed, in accordance to Donegan.

The Bill and Joan Alfond Commons, suitable, and The Hains Constructing on Major Street in Waterville. Michael G. Seamans/Early morning Sentinel

He observed that, even by means of the pandemic, people efforts continued.

“Basically all our projects of medium or massive measurement are all nevertheless shifting ahead and limited to no strategic pauses like what we’re observing all around the place,” Donegan mentioned.

What has enabled that development is a good variety of stakeholders and traders, such as Colby and the Harold Alfond Basis, which decreases the chance profile, in accordance to Donegan. Colby and Thomas schools, as perfectly as Kennebec Valley Group College in Fairfield, contribute to the growing ground breaking economic system and entrepreneurial vibrancy of the spot.

“I think we’re form of punching way above our pounds course,” Donegan mentioned.

The Advancement Council is straight involved in attracting federal analysis and progress bucks and supporting entrepreneurs. Donegan, for instance, assisted the city and Waterville Local community Land Trust implement for a organizing grant that could direct to receiving a full of $400,000 to assist increase the lives of lower-revenue individuals in the South Finish and North Conclusion of the town, as very well as downtown.

The Doing the job Communities Problem Grant initiative is sponsored by the Federal Reserve Lender of Boston. In December, Donegan despatched a letter of fascination on behalf of the city declaring it wanted to be included in the procedure. The town was notified it had been invited to be involved and now is applying for a design and style grant.

Donegan said Thursday that firms have been incredibly resilient for the duration of the pandemic. The city is offering industrial homes close to the metropolis-owned airport that had been sitting vacant for a while and there have been a great deal of requests for invest in and sale agreements along Kennedy Memorial Travel and Major Street, he stated.

“I imagine Waterville has been identified for its leadership in the arts and downtown local community, but also rising as a chief performing on innovation and really working to be pretty welcoming to rural remote employees,” he reported.

Other modern developments downtown include the sale of the building at the corner of Most important and Silver streets from the Rancourt Spouse and children Believe in to Don Plourde. Donegan said the Paragon Store on the ground flooring of the setting up has been marketed and the new proprietor strategies to proceed the legacy of the former owners and deliver new lifetime to the shop as effectively.

Donegan mentioned that perform is anticipated to start someday this year on ideas to develop the previous Lockwood Mill buildings north of the Hathaway Imaginative Centre on H2o Road into professional, retail, and current market level and workforce price housing. The buildings’ proprietor, North River Firm also owns Hathaway, as perfectly as the Fort Andross mill in Brunswick, and important holdings in Portland which include the Pierce Atwood creating on the waterfront, in accordance to Donegan.

“We are enthusiastic that the development line on that redevelopment project is however progressing,” Donegan reported. “It’s even now trending nicely and even now consistent with the developer’s video game strategy.”

The construction function is scheduled to transpire in two phases, in accordance to Donegan.

“That’s a serious major deal for the downtown and the area — and for the housing inventory,” he reported.

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