Dear Members, We are delighted to deliver groundbreaking news regarding the Fort Allen Rehabilitation Project. The bid award for Fort Allen has been granted and contract signed with RE Coleman of Westbrook with the pre-construction meeting scheduled for early next week. We will know more about the scheduling details for implementation of the plan following this critical meeting with the project team. Ground breaking may begin by end of next week.
Construction fencing to secure the project zone prior to any demolition will likely be the first step. For safety reasons, depending on project scheduling and Mother Nature, Fort Allen may remain off limits during the upcoming winter season.
Removal of the remaining evergreens within the horseshoe drive as well as the existing crabapples along the Southwest side of the roadway will be part of the initial work on site. Outreach efforts are underway to recycle some of the wood for donation to local artisans. The Mugo Pine which serves as a "Jungle Gym" for neighborhood children is planned to remain.
Landscape design features include restoring tree lined pedestrian circulation within the Park and along the Eastern Prom drive. New walkways will better support pedestrian flow and safety as well as incorporate the 911 Memorial, the USS Portland and Arctic Campaign Memorials.
Overhead street lights will be replaced with bollard lighting to illuminate pathways and utilities will be relocated underground. Cobblestone gutters will be restored along the horseshoe drive and the central walkway leading from the Prom to the Bandstand will be replaced. The overlook to Casco Bay will be made handicap accessible thanks to funding thru Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.
We appreciate your patience as this historic transformation unfolds and we will keep you informed as information becomes available regarding next steps on this significant project.
Stay tuned for more exciting details as the project unfolds! Please visit our website to learn more about the project.
Diane Davison Executive Director