2019-01-10 / News

Biddeford to hold two more neighborhood meetings

The city of Biddeford is continuing its efforts to promote the revitalization of its neighborhoods with the My Neighborhood Network initiative. Residents of defined downtown neighborhoods meet to discuss what makes them feel connected to their neighborhood and what changes they would like to see.

The Main Street neighborhood will have its first meeting at 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17 at Flourish. Residents of the Main Street area will be asked to provide feedback on the things they like about their neighborhood as well as the things they would like to see changed or improved. Attendees will also define the boundaries of their neighborhood and decide on a name.

The South Street neighborhood will hold its second My Neighborhood Network meeting at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10 at Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center. The Rev. Shirley Bowen, Seeds of Hope executive director, is a leader of the initiative.

The South Street neighborhood is the first neighborhood in the program to gather after its initial meeting.

During the round of meetings, facilitators specifically plan to discuss the positive implications of a $15,000 grant the city recently received from the Broadband Fund of the Maine Development Foundation. Waters will get a preliminary understanding of the broadband needs of attendees and gauge their interest in digital literacy outreach programs that will be created with the grant funding. Additionally, the city will identify sidewalk needs in each neighborhood.

A map outlining the boundaries of the identified neighborhoods can be found at https://tinyurl.com/ BiddefordNeighborhoodMap, although all are welcome to attend any of the meetings.

For more information or to establish a neighborhood, contact Waters at linda.waters@biddefordmaine.org or 284-9105.

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