Q: What is the timeline?
The timeline for construction and opening is dependent on the ability to raise funds for the project. Additional design and pre-construction planning is also required.
Q: What about parking?
The Downtown Arts Center will bring more visitors to Main Street, supporting both the arts in Waterville and local businesses. The December 2016 downtown transportation study commissioned by the City included the assumption that The Center would be redeveloped as an arts center. The study concluded that, even with the many development projects happening in downtown Waterville, the city’s parking supply is adequate to meet the demand if managed properly. More detailed parking discussions will be held as the project moves into the next design phase.
Q: Whose project is this?
Waterville Creates! and Colby College are working together on this exciting project. From the planning and design to the fundraising, the Downtown Arts Center is a collaborative effort. Ultimately, though, this is a community project. More than just a building, the Downtown Arts Center brings together some of the community’s most beloved arts institutions in one centrally located, comfortable, welcoming space in the heart of our city.
Q: How can the community help to make this project happen?
Waterville Creates! is currently leading a community capital campaign to raise $2 million in support of this transformative project. In addition to financial support, the Downtown Arts Center project needs ambassadors who can speak to the value of the project to Waterville’s revitalization efforts, the economic vitality of our downtown businesses, and our community’s arts and cultural identity.
Q: Where can I find more information?
For the latest project information, contact Shannon Haines, President + CEO at email@example.com.