People interested in the future of downtown Bar Harbor are invited to a visioning forum sponsored by the nonprofit Hub of Bar Harbor on March 31. PHOTO BY ROBERT LEVIN

Downtown is hub focus



BAR HARBOR — Anyone interested in the future of downtown, whether their focus be on streetscape improvements, arts events or anything in between, is invited to a visioning forum on Tuesday, March 31, hosted by The Hub of Bar Harbor.

The nonprofit civic group, the force behind the $240,000 wayfinding sign system to be installed this spring, is looking for new projects to take on, said Hub design committee chairman Mike Rogers. Hub members want to hear from the community about which projects may be the best ones to consider moving forward with and are hoping to generate a number of ideas from the event, which takes place from 6-8 p.m. in the municipal building auditorium on Cottage Street.

“This meeting will be a way for people to, hopefully, feel comfortable to get their ideas out, talk about the things they really like, talk about the things they dislike, and then maybe we can propose some fixes if they don’t have anything in mind,” Rogers said. “You can say anything you want. Nothing’s off limits. Whether it’s a carrot or a stick or an idea, put it out there.”

The Hub is part of the National Main Street Program, and as such is dedicated to bridging the gap between municipal government, business groups and community interests. As a nonprofit, the group has the ability to seek funding for projects not otherwise available to government groups or business owners, Rogers said.

The March 31 meeting will include landscape designers, architects and other design professionals. Focus groups will brainstorm infrastructure projects, parks and recreation issues, building and development ideas, environmental concerns and social activities. Community members can mix and mingle from one focus group to another throughout the event. Beverages and refreshments will be served.

Hub members plan to integrate the night’s discussions into a report to be shared with town officials and other interested parties.

“This will let the town know what people are interested in and give the people in the town the opportunity to voice their interest,” Rogers said.

The Hub of Bar Harbor is a citizen-led organization dedicated to fostering dynamic, community-based downtown revitalization. The group formed in 2013.

Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. rlevin@mdislander.com
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