New Gloucester Upper Village Water System This new public water system is the largest project the County CDBG program has participated in to date. Funding for the $2.4 million project came from Maine DEP, USDA Rural Development, the Town of New Gloucester and Cumberland County CDBG.
CDBG funds paid for engineering services and specialized industrial equipment for this system in the Upper Village, which brought clean, safe drinking water to residents who had wells contaminated with salt and petroleum.
The system was completed in the summer of 2014.
Mill Creek Transit Hub - South Portland
South Portland's Transportation Department requested 2013 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to complete the funding package for a bus shelter/transportation hub to be located at the intersection of Ocean and Thomas streets (behind City Hall). Beyond the operational aspects of timed transfers, the transit hub is will provide a comfortable and convenient experience for current riders and attract new riders.
The Transit Hub includes indoor and outdoor waiting areas, seating, trash receptacles, a clock, route and schedule information, and outdoor landscaping. The structure was designed in accordance with the Knightville/Mill Creek neighborhood Village Commercial design standards to blend with the character of this unique mixed-use neighborhood.
The facility was completed and opened to the public in spring of 2014. It was financed with a combination of a Federal Transit Administration Grant ($175,000), City Bus Capital Reserve Funds ($40,000), City Undesignated General Funds ($30,000), and $29,000 in 2013 Cumberland County CDBG funds
Freeport Affordable Housing Infrastructure
With $143,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, Habitat for Humanity built the road, water, sewer, and storm drainage lines needed to construct 8 affordable homes on land located just off West Street in Freeport.
The Town of Freeport has recognized a shortage of affordable homeownership housing in town, and identified their commitment to providing more affordable homeownership units in their most recent comprehensive plan. This project is developing 1 duplex and 2 triplex style units, which will be sold to 8 low- and very-low-income families.
The project broke ground in the fall/winter of 2012 with the first triplex completed in October 2013, one of which is now occupied. The duplex is currently under construction and another three units are expected to be completed in 2015.