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Grant for town-center sidewalk construction accepted

The town has accepted a grant of $450,000 from the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System to help complete sidewalks in the southern part of the town center.

The amount represents the town's portion of a grant awarded to Cape Elizabeth and the cities of Portland and South Portland for infrastructure improvements.

An annual goal of the Town Council for this and for the past several years has been to collaborate with other communities, Town Manager Matthew Sturgis said at the Feb. 11, 2019 meeting of the council. "I think if we otherwise hadn't collaborated with our fellow communities (of Portland and South Portland) we would not have had the ability to receive these funds," Sturgis said.

The grant includes a 25-percent match from the town's Tax Increment Financing (TIF) account, funded by taxes on new development in the town center. The fund's anticipated balance is $104,000 as of July 1, 2019. The remainder of the match will come from the sidewalk account.

The sidewalks slated for construction front the Pond Cove Shopping Center, and properties south of the C-Salt Market to the interesection with Fowler Road. [memo and map]

Sidewalk construction in the town center is recommended in the town-center plans of 1993 and 2014. Pedestrian safety and improved walkability in town has also consistently been a Town Council goal.