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Madawaska receives half-million-dollar grant

MADAWASKA, Maine — The town of Madawaska received a much needed boost to their funds to build “essential infrastructure” in the downtown area to go hand-in-hand with the new international bridge and border station with a $500,000 grant from Northern Border Regional Commission. 

Economic and Community Development Director Keith Cyr said in a press release that the town’s citizens agreed to borrow $3 million for the downtown revitalization project back in 2018, which was “a critical part in meeting the cash match requirements for the $500,000 NBRC grant,” according to the release. 

“The $500,000 NBRC Grant will be used to build public infrastructure to support the new international bridge and border station,” Cyr said. “It ties in directly with our downtown revitalization project.”

The money will be used to offset the cost of more off-street parking, updated downtown lighting, and safer, ADA compliant sidewalks, to name a few, according to Cyr. 

“I’m incredibly excited about what this grant will help us accomplish, and I can’t thank the residents of Madawaska enough for all of their support,” Cyr said. 

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