Projects and Accomplishments Moosehead is on the Move!
Revitalizing Downtown Greenville
To further support the revitalization of downtown Greenville, The MLREDC has recently secured an option to purchase the property at the corner of Pritham Avenue and Lakeview Street, with the goal of working with the existing property owner, existing tenants and others to realize the vision of this key property consistent with the Greenville Downtown Plan. Over the next several years we will promote this opportunity to key investors for the Pritham avenue parcel and seek funding to preserve the green space area on Lakeview Street for public use in perpetuity.
Hotel/Conference Center Feasibility Study
The MLREDC commissioned a hotel feasibility study by the hotel-consulting firm, CBRE, in Fall 2018. The feasibility study determined that a mid-sized hotel with conference center space is indeed economically feasible in the Moosehead Lake region. The MLREDC is working to promote this opportunity for the future growth and development of this type of business in the Moosehead Lake region.
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District Proposal for Greenville
At the request of the Board of Selectmen, MLREDC is assisting the Town with the preparation of two Tax Increment Financing (TIF) program applications. TIF’s can be utilized as an effective tool for the Town of Greenville to better support its future economic development efforts. There are over 500 TIF programs currently operating in the State of Maine, 4 of them in Piscataquis County (2 in Dover-Foxcroft, 2 in Milo). In addition to a presentation to the Board by MLREDC President Steve Levesque, MLREDC consultant John Cleveland has hosted multiple presentations and public information sessions in concert with the town select board meetings, to help educate everyone about TIFs, how they are utilized, and what the benefits of a TIF program would be for Greenville.
Free Downtown WIFI Expansion
Continuing the MLREDC’s work with Axiom Technology, we’re excited to announce the expansion of the very popular free downtown WIFI hotspot. Coming Spring 2019, users will notice the increased access of the free public WIFI in downtown Greenville. Originating from the Shaw Public Library, the extended WIFI will extend south on the Moosehead Lake Road, to Moosehead Traders; and on Pritham Avenue, stretching to the StressFree Moose Pub. If you’re in Greenville Junction, you’ll notice the free WIFI available as well! We’re excited to be extending the free public WIFI near Balance Gym & Wellness Center, for users who need WIFI access in Greenville Junction. The extended free public WIFI network will make it easy and convenient for visitors and residents to connect to the internet with their mobile devices in downtown Greenville and Greenville Juction. We are excited to be able to offer this free service to users to access information about recreation, activities, and businesses in the Moosehead Lake Region.
Beautifying Moosehead – Project Canopy Grant & Canal Improvements
As part of the Downtown Beautification and Enhancement Initiative, the Downtown Experience Committee is working with town officials on completing a grant application to Project Canopy, a cooperative effort between the State of Maine and the Maine Forest Service, to implement new trees on the Moosehead Lake Road coming into town, and shrubbery in the canal in downtown Greenville. The Downtown Experience Committee is also working with local contractors to replace the dated fence protecting pedestrians from the canal on Pritham Avenue. Keep an eye out for these exciting projects in the downtown village!
Moosehead Lake Wayfinding Initiative
The wayfinding committee has been working to complete phase one of the Moosehead Lake Region Wayfinding Initiative. They are now planning phase two of the Wayfinding Initiative. Phase two will include four information kiosks in the region, as well as four pedestal signs, for regional maps and information. Look for the new information kiosks at the Moosehead Visitors Center (Rt. 15), Downtown Greenville near the boardwalk, the Greenville Junction Wharf, and the Rockwood Public Landing.
Returning in 2019 — Downtown Artisans’ Cottage Colony
After a successful launch in 2018, the MLREDC is excited to welcome back the Summer Artisan Cottages to the tranquil shores of Moosehead Lake. With all 6 cottages returning to the downtown village, the MLREDC looks forward to a great summer schedule hosting artisans in the cottages in the downtown village. Be sure to check it out while exploring beautiful downtown Greenville!
Music Returns to Downtown Greenville for the Summer
The MLREDC is excited to welcome back local and regional musicians to downtown Greenville, continuing the Thoreauly Entertaining Music Series, hosted in Thoreau Park, on the shores of Moosehead Lake. Also returning, with the help of Destination Moosehead Lake, are the Gazebo concert series, near the Steamship Katahdin. For a full concert schedule, visit the Destination Moosehead Lake Events page.