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 Progress to Date

Implementation Funding

March  2024

$4,060,000 for Middle Pier and Buoy Park included in a Congressional Appropriations Bill signed by the President


October 2023

Congressionally Directed Spending Request included in relevant Senate Appropriations Bill.

September 2023

Maine Department of Transportation includes $250,000 to assist with Middle Pier redevelopment in its Fiscal Year 2025 Work Plan.

March 2023 

Request for $4,060,000 in Congressionally directed spending to assist with Phase 1 implementation - Middle Pier and Buoy Park.


May 2024

Maine Association of Planners Project of the Year Award


January 2024

Governor Mills mentions the importance of this project in her State of the State address

April 2022      

Earth Day site visit from Governor’s Office of Policy, Innovation & The Future (GOPIF)


Winter 2023-24

Permitting for the marine infrastructure underway.

Preliminary Engineering Phase – Landside Improvements

October 2023

Preliminary design report completed. Review or download the Preliminary Design Report here.


Preliminary design plans for the upland completed. Review or download preliminary design plans here.


April 2023

Preliminary design for the landside improvements kicks off.

March 2023

Pre-design work (survey updates, geotechnical investigation) for landside begins.

January 2023 

Community Action Grant Award for preliminary engineering of landside improvements

Preliminary Engineering Phase – Marine Infrastructure

March 2023

Preliminary design report for the marine infrastructure finalized. - Review or download here

February 2023 

Preliminary Design for the Marine Infrastructure portion of the Downtown Waterfront Plan completed - Review or download here

October 2022 

Marine Infrastructure Assessment completed - Review or download here

September 2022 

Revised project website launched –

September 2022

Community Action Grant application for preliminary engineering of landside Marine infrastructure submitted.

September/October 2022

Pre-design work for marine infrastructure underway (additional survey work and more detailed facility assessment)

Summer 2022  

Contract established with consulting team led by Landmark Corporation preliminary engineering of the marine infrastructure

Spring 2022 

Community Action Grant Award of $50,000, for preliminary engineering of marine infrastructure

Conceptual Design Phase – Complete

June 2022     

Implementation Road Map for the Conceptual Design complete – Review or download here

Spring/Summer 2022

Ad Hoc Downtown Waterfront Committee, Harbor Management Commission, Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee, Harbor Trail Committee, participating stakeholder, and City Council review and endorsements of Conceptual Design

Spring 2022    

Climate-ready Conceptual Design completed – Review or download here

2021-Spring 2022  

Collaborative Committee and stakeholder meetings, site tour and workshops that established shared goals and objectives and guided development of the Conceptual Design and the Road Map for its implementation

Summer 2021    

Community Survey – Results summarized in the Conceptual Plan and Road Map - Review or download here


Spring 2021    

Project website established -

Spring 2021    

Contract with Consulting team led by the Musson Group

Fall 2020      

Shore & Harbor Planning Grant award of $30,000 from the Maine Coastal Program for consulting support

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