Dover-Foxcroft awarded funds by MCFApril 30, 2007 - TRC The Maine Community Foundation’s (MCF) Piscataquis County Fund Committee recently announced that Dover-Foxcroft has been awarded funds to study the utilization of two school properties that may come under town ownership this summer. Dover-Foxcroft, with technical assistance from the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council, applied for a $7,500 grant earlier this year. MSAD #68 plans to turn two older buildings, the Morton Avenue Elementary School and the Mayo Street Superintendent’s Office building, over to the town if voters approve. The MCF grant funds will allow the town to engage a consultant regarding how best to re-develop the properties to serve the area. Several groups have expressed interest in having space at the two properties. Ideas were gathered during community input meetings and a walk-through of the properties last fall. Suggestions included using the space for municipal operations, creating an ice hockey rink, providing space for expanded Piscataquis YMCA classes, creating space for a senior center, and providing a location for the Living Word Food Cupboard. “The Town of Dover-Foxcroft will vote in June as to whether or not to accept the buildings,” said Town Manager Jack Clukey. Clukey said the long-term goal here is to establish the programs, services or other activities that are most suitable to the buildings and will best serve to enhance the quality of life for residents of Dover-Foxcroft and the region. “It is anticipated that the community will have an understanding of the functionality of the buildings prior to the town-wide vote,” Clukey said. “The data collected by the consultant will help us develop a model for utilization. For example, the town might accept the buildings and opt to lease a portion of the space. Under this model, specific tenants would be subject to change over time, but there could be a general approach that would favor governmental/non-profit, recreational, and/or educational opportunities for re-use of the buildings.”Submitted by: Sheila Grant, PCEDC Community Development Specialist, 564-3638NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.