The Town of Orono invites residents to be part of a discussion about whether, and how, the public property that lies between Johnny Mack Brook, Mainewood Street and Gilbert Street should be used and maintained in the future.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers of the Municipal Building at 59 Main Street. This will be a public meeting, but town officials especially look forward hearing from residents in that area, known locally as the Sailor Neighborhood.

Orono has been reviewing how several town-owned properties can be used to address issues and opportunities identified in the most recently adopted Comprehensive Plan. These issues and opportunities range from recreation and open space to affordable owner-occupied homes, natural resource conservation and economic development.

The Town Council has no current proposal for the future use of this property; however, the Town recognizes it as one of the significant properties that might be helpful in addressing needs of the neighborhood and Town. The Town Council has asked that this be a facilitated, open conversation aimed at learning more about the needs of the neighborhood and the community at large.

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