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Thorofare Waterfront Project

The Town of North Haven is embarking on a Thorofare Waterfront project in alignment with Town Priority 2: Workforce Development & Economic Diversification and Priority 3: Environmental Sustainability & Climate Change Impacts. 

waterfront Photo credit: Bill Trevaskis

Please join the Select Board and Town Administrator for a presentation and discussion on the Thorofare Waterfront Project. We will host two meetings, one in person in the Community Building, and an identical presentation over Zoom on Saturday, December 2.  

In-Person Presentation:  Thursday, November 30 from 7:00 - 9:00pm @ the Community Building.

NOTE: If you are unable to attend the 11/30 meeting in person but would like to listen in, it will also be streamed via Zoom.
Meeting ID: 849 5928 5607
Passcode: 892206

During the 11/30 meeting, we'll be focusing on facilitating in-person discussion and will not be actively taking questions and comments via Zoom. Saturday's virtual session from 10am - 12pm (with an identical presentation) is available for the community to share their input and ask questions virtually. 

Zoom Presentation: Saturday, December 2 from 10:00am - 12:00pm via Zoom.
Meeting ID: 849 5928 5607
Passcode: 892206

Our goals are to familiarize the community with this project, describe the process we will use to get everyone involved, and generate discussion and initial feedback. We will share more details about the meeting’s agenda and content in the coming weeks. 

Please attend if you can. If you can't, please reach out to Rick Lattimer (administrator@northhavenmaine.org) and Claire Oxford (COxford@islandinstitute.org) and we can send you a copy of the presentation. 


Project Summary

Access to the ocean for fishing, aquaculture, recreational boating, and transportation of people, freight, and vehicles is essential to our survival; such access will diversify our economy and reinforce the need to develop a workforce to match. Likewise, we must protect the area from the impacts of sea level rise and climate change, the impacts of which are already being felt during storms and high tide events.

The Thorofare Waterfront Project will engage property owners, waterfront users, community members, and other partners from the community and the State in order to work on a re-design of the waterfront.

The Town is seeking funding for the project through grants. We received a $10,000 ShoreUp grant from the Island Institute to kick-off the project, which will help us engage an engineering firm and being preliminary engagement and idea generation. We have also applied for a $200,000 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant through FEMA. We will hear back in fall of 2023 about this grant.


Additional Information and Resources

Public Notice document: FEMA hereby provides final notice of its decision to provide BRIC Program funding for an action located in a wetland. Funding would be provided through Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to the Town of North Haven for the Thorofare Waterfront scoping project. Please view the document (linked above) for more details. 

The Select Board held a workshop in September 2023 to discuss how to go about engaging the community and further developing a process. View the recording here

Click here to view the Request for Proposals for broad engineering services in support of the Town's Thorofare Waterfront Project. Responses were due by September 8, 2023.

PLEASE NOTE:  The Town has amended the RFP based on questions received from an interested firm.

You may view the questions and answers here.  The amended proposal is here.