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Fort Kent celebrates new public parking lot with ribbon cutting

FORT KENT, Maine — A new public parking lot is now open on Main Street between  the China Garden and Aroostook Real Estate office. Members of the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce and town employees gathered for a ribbon cutting celebration at the lot on Aug. 1. The new lot contains 32 parking spaces, including two that are handicap designated.

The town funded construction of the parking lot with funds from a $300,000 downtown revitalization grant that Fort Kent’s Planning and Economic Development Director Steve Pelletier secured last year.

“This makes excellent use of the lot, which has been a vacant gravel lot for almost 20 years,” Pelletier said. “We’ve never really had enough parking space in town. It’s exciting for the surrounding businesses and will provide an area for green space during events such as the Muskie Derby, Can-Am International Sled Dog Races, and Ploye Festival.”  

General contractor JBBC, Inc. of Fort Kent worked on the new lot, which is complete except for four street lights which will arrive on Aug. 15. The black lantern style light poles are identical to those currently lining Main Street. JBBC will install the lights when they arrive.

In the future, the town  may add a few benches and possibly a bicycle rack to the parking lot. Parking is prohibited in the lot from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m., just as it is on town streets.

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