Historic district coming


LIVERMORE FALLS – Selectmen have designated a portion of downtown as a historic district, Town Manager Martin Puckett said Thursday.

The board earmarked Main Street from Bridge Street to the corner of Park and Depot streets as the historic district.

There is no impact on zoning or other ordinance issues, Puckett said.

The district is related to a Main Street Maine program that the Livermore Falls Betterment Group will seek, Puckett said.

That program is a statewide competitive training and technical assistance effort designed to build local capacity to revitalize downtown districts, Phil Poirier, a member of the group, stated in an e-mail Tuesday.

The key element of the program is the retention and restoration of important historic architecture.

The application process itself is rigorous and requires a team approach by the Betterment Group.

If Livermore Falls is accepted into the program, it will equip the town with the tools needed to continue the revitalization process with knowledge and technical assistance for grants and a four-point method of organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring, Poirier said.

Main Street Maine is the beginning of the process, and could be likened to the priming of a pump, he said.

The program “doesn’t provide a huge amount of monetary resources; rather, it teaches us how to unite community and effectively utilize resources: local, state and national,” Poirier said.