The Cumberland County 2008 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program included a grant to the Town of Gray for downtown revitalization. $155,000 in CDBG funds and $110,000 in local matching funds were used to restore the front facades of three historic Main Street buildings, to place electrical services under ground, install ornamental street lamps and a brick handicap accessible sidewalk.
These improvements have dramatically improved the appearance and marketability of these commercial buildings, which in turn improves the marketability of Gray itself. The Town is currently waiting for Central Maine Power to remove the existing utility poles so the ornamental lamps can be installed, which would conclude this phase of the down town revitalization project.
The Town of Gray has developed a master plan to be implemented over the next two to three years to complement the already completed work on Clark Block. The next phase will look at:
- Construction of expanded parking on the Dunkin' Donuts site to also serve the Clark Block buildings.
- Improving vehicular access to the block by installing a left turn lane into Dunkin' Donuts site and/or a driveway connection between Dunkin' Donuts and the cemetery that will allow direct access from and to Main Street.
- Installing new or expanded septic system capacity for the Main Street buildings.
Cumberland County has approved $200,000 in CDBG funding for this project and Gray voters approved $50,000 in TIF revenues, with another $50,000 to come from the property owners.
The Town of Gray would like to thank Cumberland County, the owners of the Clark Block buildings and Dunkin' Donuts for their vested interest in bringing Gray Village back to its historic charm while looking to the future economic prosperity.