Date of Award

Spring 2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Community Planning and Development (CPD)


Community Planning and Development


redevelopment, Berwick, Maine, downtown, Muskie School of Public Service, USM Aging Initiative, Policy, Social/Cultural


This Capstone follows the downtown redevelopment visioning process in Berwick from the initial presentation to Town Officials up until formal adoption as an addendum to the Comprehensive Plan. Berwick has a monumental task ahead of it as the Town looks to redevelop an 11 acre abandoned factory site that is located directly where a downtown should be. Residents of Berwick had to work with Town Staff to navigate a considerable amount of lingering controversy and to rebuild trust between the public and local government. Members of the Downtown Vision Committee worked tirelessly to reach out to the community through education and motivated organization. Citizen-led committees will be critical in the implementation of the newly adopted Downtown Vision Plan.