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Demolition underway as part of revitalization effort in Madawaska

MADAWASKA, Maine — A portion of 11th Avenue was closed Monday as demolition crews with Ed Pelletier and Sons tore down a pair of apartment and commercial buildings as part of the downtown revitalization project.

The Madawaska Board of Selectmen approved the original demolition project at a January meeting. At their Feb. 11 meeting, the selectmen approved a proposal to include three additional properties on Main Street in that demolition project.

A crew from Ed Pelletier and Sons demolishes the back of this building on Main Street in Madawaska on March 12 as part of the downtown revitalization plan. (Linda Pelletier)

During that meeting last month, the board approved a $125,550 change order for its contract with Ed Pelletier and Sons to have the contractor remove asbestos and take down three buildings at 342, 344 and 346 Main Street.

All the properties were acquired by the town “as part of the downtown revitalization project, to address slum and blight concerns, beautification, and to provide space for parking and green areas,” according to Madawaska Town Manager Gary Picard.

Madawaska Police Chief Ross Dubois said the portion of 11th Avenue from Main Street to St. Thomas Street will be closed during the day for the next two weeks as the apartment buildings are taken down and removed.

A crew from Ed Pelletier and Sons works on demolishing the back of this building on Main Street in Madawaska on March 12 as part of the downtown revitalization plan. (Linda Pelletier)

The chief wasn’t sure yet whether a portion of Main Street will be closed during demolition of the other buildings later this month or next.

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