Maine downtowns to get revitalization, preservation help

September 19, 2021 GMT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine foundation is slated to receive $750,000 through the National Park Service to revitalize and preserve downtowns in the state.

The park service’s Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants Program is providing the money to the Maine Development Foundation. The members of the Maine congressional delegation had advocated for the funding, which they said would boost job growth and local economies.

The money will “enable the preservation of historic properties, spur economic growth, and safeguard Maine’s unique sense of place,” the delegation said in a statement. The members said the money can be used for historic revitalization and other upgrades that support economic development.

The Maine Development Foundation is a nonpartisan group that has been involved in downtown preservation in the state for the last two decades.