Foreside is the traditional downtown of Kittery. Bordering this downtown is an emerging concentration of food-oriented businesses and a just-built health care center. We will be examining ways to encourage both areas to grow in concert. Particular focus will be placed on visioning development on an underutilized property that could act as an anchor connecting the two areas.
We met with property owners, municipal staff and technical experts the week of February 11th to develop ideas for this site. A summary of the first portion of this meeting, including presentations and discussion is available here.
We’ve also taken what we learned in Kittery and made it applicable to other, similar communities who may want to attract growth to their town centers. This way, other communities can benefit from what was learned in Kittery and have the option of applying to their own planning activities. Click here for the Lessons Learned in Kittery document .
A public workshop was held on May 16th to allow everyone to have a chance to provide input on these ideas. At the meeting a series of posters were presented. The first showed an overall vision for the area with street improvements, improved connections, and proposed uses. The second showed a close up of the State Rd. and Waterman Dr. intersection with potential new buildings and road improvements. The third poster showed some road cross sections depicting how roads could be improved for better traffic flow and a better pedestrian experience. A list of the feedback we received at that meeting can be found here.