Downtowns are important in many ways. They are the heart of a community, and serve as centers for services, employment, and civic interaction. They create a community's identity, to its residents and to people throughout the region.
Here in Biddeford, the Mill District is viewed as an integral part of Biddeford’s downtown, not as a distinct and separate area. Together, they make up a single vibrant neighborhood. Biddeford is diligently revitalizing itself with energy and imagination. Continuing the positive trends that downtown Biddeford has recently experienced depends, in part, on addressing a documented shortage of parking in the City’s downtown district.
Below are studies, reports, and presentations that demonstrate the critical need for new parking in downtown Biddeford. As early as 2006, the need was well established. As outlined in these documents, new parking in downtown will stimulate new development, allow continued absorption of vacant Mill space, support existing downtown businesses, and create new access to existing and future phases of the RiverWalk.