Tuesday, 22 May 2018 13:59

Riverwalk to expand in Brewer

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Riverwalk to expand in Brewer

BREWER -  The city is looking to expand the Brewer Riverwalk by half a mile, according to Renee Doble, an economic development specialist for the city.

Doble said  the construction will start this summer when the Maine Department of Transportation picks the lowest bidder. The lowest bid is expected to be about $1.4 million.

 

The expansion will go through Chamberlain Bridge and come out by Veteran's Park on Penobscot Street.

 

Doble said the expansion plans have been in the works since 2000.

 

The project will also include fixing the brick walkway and lighting fixtures on Center Street, which city officials hope will pull people to local businesses.

 

"I think it's going to bring a lot more people walking along and seeing how beautiful this is," said Renee Doble, talking about the current walkway along the river. "I don't know if a lot of people even know about the Children's Garden that we have on the Brewer Riverwalk that already exists, which is so pretty."

 

Doble added that the Brewer Riverwalk has free wifi along the route and police surveillance.

 

She said the city will pay for about 20 percent of the costs, and a federal grant will take care of the rest.

 

The expansion should be done by October.

Kelly Mitchell

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Kelly Mitchell joined the news team in March of 2018. She grew up splitting her time between York, ME and Haverhill, MA, but her favorite childhood memories took place along the rocky coast of southern Maine. She's now excited to explore other parts of the state.

She graduated from Suffolk University, where she got her first taste of journalism covering the Boston Marathon bombing trial live from the courtroom. She spent the end of her college career working as a writer at WHDH in Boston.

An avid traveler, she's visited ten countries and used to live in Spain. When not working, Kelly can be found reading with a coffee, out with friends, or wandering by the ocean.

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