Community Development


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING &COMMENT PERIOD
U.S. Department of Housingand Urban Development
Community Development BlockGrant For
The Expansion of theAlternatives Pathways Program/Teen Center To
The Second Floor of 73 BaconStreet
Tuesday, December 11th – 5:30PM
2nd FloorConference Room
Biddeford City Hall (205Main Street)


Please be advised that aPublic Hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 11th, 2018, at 5:30 PM,in the 2nd Floor Conference Room, City Hall at 205 Main Street,Biddeford, for the purpose of obtaining input from citizens regarding the expansionof the Alternative Pathways Program/Teen Center to the second floor of 73 BaconStreet.  The second floor of 73 BaconStreet was originally proposed to create 2 affordable housing units.  The success of the Alternative PathwaysProgram has caused the need for additional space, as well as space for apotential satellite teen center for downtown. One of the proposed units for 73 Bacon Street will be created on thefirst floor of 46 Sullivan and any services moved to 73 Bacon Street.  This Public Hearing is being held pursuant tothe City of Biddeford’s participation in the U.S. Department of Housing andUrban Development’s Community Development Block Grant Program.  Please be advised that a public 30-daycomment period will begin on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 through, Thursday, January10th, 2019 regarding this proposed change.  These actions are in accordance with theCity’s Citizens Participation Plan. Comments may be verbal or written. Written comments can be submitted to Linda Waters, Community DevelopmentCoordinator, City of Biddeford, 205 Main Street, Biddeford, Maine 04005.  Verbal comments may be called in at 207-284-9105.  Comments will be received until 5:00 PM onThursday, January 10th, 2019.  Any questionsregarding the proposed change and/or the Public Hearing may be addressed toLinda Waters, Community Development Coordinator at 207-284-9105 or by email at linda.waters@biddefordmaine.org. 

Overview

Community Development encompasses the development of "quality of life" for City of Biddeford residents. It may include:

  • Downtown programs that improve the look and self image of a community
  • Implementation of social service programs
  • Long range planning
  • Public facility improvements
  • Redevelopment of vacant lots into pocket parks
  • Revitalization of neighborhoods
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Projects can be as small as a corner park or as big as a city wide work force training program.

Working With Economic Development

Community Development works in conjunction with Economic Development. Economic Development may at times focus on the larger picture of business attraction and retention, city economic climate, long range economic planning and partnerships with financial institutions and regional economic development projects.

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My Neighborhood Network Program


With the success of the revitalization efforts in the South Street and Bacon Street neighborhoods, the City is expanding to assist other neighborhoods in the downtown core.  The neighborhood Planning Committee has divided the core into seven neighborhoods. (See link below)  Meetings to receive public input, requests and concerns most important to residents have been scheduled in each neighborhood. Please call the Community Development Office at 284-9105 for more information and to request a meeting in your neighborhood!  

The People's Perspective

Community Development brings "the people's perspective" to the table to enhance development at the grassroots level as well as the community as a whole. This is why it is said that Community Development builds community "one step at a time".

Do You Have a Community Project?

If you have a community development project for the City of Biddeford we encourage you to download, fill out, and submit the Community Development Project Worksheet (PDF) via email to Linda Waters or mail to:
Linda Waters, Community Development Coordinator
P.O. Box 586
Biddeford, ME 04005

If you need assistance in filling out the form please call for an appointment at 207-284-9105, ext. 169.