St. John Valley

Van Buren introduces new projects to Revitalize Main Street

VAN BUREN, Maine — New projects were discussed in a Revitalize Main Street Committee meeting in Van Buren on Jan. 12 that could help spruce up the town’s main stretch of road. 

If a town’s Main Street is the heart of a community, the residents are its backbone. So far Van Buren’s residents have come together to work on several projects to give their town a bit of a makeover.

To name a few, the town of Van Buren received a $100,000 grant to tear down several dilapidated buildings along Main Street and replace them with a new pocket park, Councilor Peter Madore volunteered his time to build a deck at the long-standing farmers market, and a trio of brothers restored the town’s welcome sign honoring Van Buren’s sport history. 

Street lamps and their decor are going to be getting an upgrade with the Revitalize Main Street Committee’s plans to change to LED lights in Van Buren. (Emily Jerkins | St. John Valley Times)

With the town still decorated for Christmas, the Revitalize Main Street Committee is looking to swap out the current lights decorating lamp posts, wreaths and angels with LED lighting, which will save the town money on electricity as well as provide alternate lighting options to match the changing seasons. 

The committee also aims to replace the banners in town on lamp posts and fix the banner that used to hang across Main Street near the bottom of State Street so that it can continue to be displayed for Christmases to come. 

These projects will be donation-based, giving townsfolk the opportunity to donate in memory of someone, in honor of someone or just as a donation. The tiers for these donations start with Bronze at $50, Silver at $100, Gold at $250 and Platinum at $500. 

Van Buren’s Revitalize Main Street Committee is creating plans to fix the Christmas banners that sit on the outskirts of the downtown area. (Emily Jerkins | St. John Valley Times)

A plaque will be created and can be found at the new pocket park listing all donors. Details of when and where to donate are yet to be determined and will be announced as soon as the plans are finalized at the next Revitalize Main Street Committee meeting — the date of which has not been decided.  

Revitalize Main Street Public Information Officer Leslie Pelletier Beaulieu said the committee is working on turning itself into an LLC before it starts accepting donations. 

“Forming the committee and LLC will help this movement grow,” Beaulieu said. “Thankfully there’s been interest and it was definitely a team effort and we’re hoping to make it bigger and better every year.” 

A look down Main Street in Van Buren gives a glimpse of what is to come with the town’s Revitalizing Committee’s new proposed projects. (Emily Jerkins | St. John Valley Times)


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