Open house for ADAPT Bucksport plan scheduled June 6



BUCKSPORT — The town of Bucksport is inviting members of the public to an interactive public open house event on Wednesday, June 6, from 1 to 7 p.m. at 72 Main St. in Bucksport to provide feedback on draft plans and recommendations for the ADAPT Bucksport EPA Area-Wide Plan.

Redevelopment of the project area, a portion of which will be home to Whole Oceans, has the potential to generate significant economic and community benefits for the town of Bucksport and the broader region, said Bucksport’s Economic Development Director Rich Rotella.

“The end result of ADAPT will be a working plan for the former mill site with connectivity to the downtown and waterfront,” Rotella said.

The open house is an opportunity for community members to provide feedback on preliminary ideas for the plan.

Members of the project team, including town officials, representatives from Eastern Maine Development Corp. and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and consultants from Elan Planning, Design and Landscape Architecture, will be available to answer questions.

The event is designed to be a flexible and relaxed environment, allowing for the public to participate at their convenience.

There will be a series of stations where participants can provide input on a variety of recommendations.

The recommendations were created using input collected at a well-attended initial open house in the fall.

Community members provided thoughtful and creative feedback that is featured throughout the recommendations, which also include extensive technical research and analysis.

The planning process has been a public-private partnership with AIM, which owns the property in the project area, and more recently Whole Oceans, a land-based aquaculture company that is in the process of purchasing a large portion of AIM’s properties.

Jeff McGlin, vice president of AIM Development, said “The ADAPT planning process has been of great value in planning for the future of our properties and attracting new investment. We look forward to continuing to be a partner with the community on this project.”

After the event, the ADAPT Advisory Committee, composed of town officials, property and business owners, community leaders and representatives, and other key stakeholders will review the feedback and guide the completion of the final plan.

The plan is expected to be completed by early fall. The project is being funded through a U.S. EPA Area-Wide Planning Grant.

More information about the ADAPT project is available on the project’s website at www.ADAPTBucksport.com.