Current and past projects:
Main Street Beautification Effort
In November of 2013 the Westbrook Environmental Improvement Corporation approved a City beautification effort.
Community beautification – Broadway Gardens of Westbrook visited the four primary sites with staff and agreed to help us design, prepare, plant and maintain vibrant, visible, seasonal plantings in an effort to beautify key intersections and send a strong community message about Westbrook pride.
With WEIC funding and Broadway Gardens supplying design work and flowers at wholesale prices and Cumberland County Jail providing the labor – four community flower gardens were planted at four major intersections.
WEIC is also funding the ongoing watering, feeding and weeding for each location.
Trapper Brown project
WEIC was created as a result of a change in state regulations and the Natural Resource Protection Act seeking to preserve wetlands. WEIC was formed as a quasi-municipal entity to assist in the mitigation of wetlands following the partial construction of a commercial/industrial park. WEIC supported the developer by providing on-site wetland restoration and created wetland compensation mitigation credits for the successful expansion of the Portland Jetport.
WEIC financed the design and construction of the river walk along the south/west embankment of the Presumpscot River. The river walk provides public access to the river and links residences and business south and north of Riverbank Park as an alternative to Main Street.
Scarborough Wetlands Bank
WEIC supported wetlands banking by funding the property taxes on a ?? acre, land locked, undeveloped parcel of land in Scarborough which is located in the Long Creek watershed. This parcel is ideal for developers to utilize as wetlands compensatory credit under the Natural Resource Protection Act for projects that cannot support on-site wetland mitigation.
Storm water management of Long Creek
WEIC approved financing a Storm Water Management study required by all members of the Long Creek Restoration Project and regulated by the Long Creek Watershed Management District. The District regulates/monitors non-point-source pollution contributing to the Long Creek watershed and evaluates the necessity for implementing surface water mitigation measures for protecting sensitive receptors such as wetland ecosystems.
Business park lot grading
WEIC approved funds for grubbing and grading select City owned, undeveloped, commercial/industrial lots on Spiller Drive. The intent is to encourage potential developers with cost incentives measures to overcome challenging site conditions.
GIS development build out
WEIC funded the cost of upgrading the City’s GIS system to incorporate building footprints. The primary purpose was to identify building boundaries to encourage re-use of existing properties for sale.
Partial financial support of WHS field lighting
WEIC approved funds for upgrading the Westbrook High School field lights. The former lights were required to be removed for safety reasons. WEIC supported the expenditure in order to promote higher efficiency energy and long-term cost savings.
Engineering services for the fish passage at Saccarappa Falls
WEIC allocated funds to contract with specialized professionals to assist the City in their negotiations with Sappi over the design and permitting of the required fish passage at Saccarrapa Falls. The City is committed to environmentally sound fish passage, dam removal, restoration of habitat and recreational enhancements in the river all geared toward the revitalization of downtown.
Suckfish Brook conservation
WEIC supported the expansion of the Suckfish Brook conservation area from Falmouth into Westbrook by financing grant application costs, legal fees, a survey, and the construction of a parking area off Mast Road. The conservation area expanded from 94 acres to X acres and a new access point was created in Westbrook.
Boat Ramps and Floats
WEIC contributed to the financing of three boat ramps and floats along both the north and south embankments of the Presumpscot River. The ramps and floats provide public access to the river and encourage recreational activities such as canoeing, kayaking and fishing.
Funded the extension of the Portland Trail system within the Stroudwater area
WEIC has teamed up with Portland Trails to expand Westbrook trails and connect with existing trail systems. Here the team is shown opening a new stretch of Trail running from Spring Street in Westbrook to Congress Street in Portland.
Environmental monitoring of the former Sandy Hill Landfill
WEIC authorized funding for the environmental monitoring of the former Sandy Hill Landfill per Maine Department of Environmental Protection requirements. Monitoring provides data on the migration of contaminants in groundwater. Monitoring data assists in evaluating if contaminant migration has the potential to impact surrounding water supply wells used for drinking and production processes.
Downtown parking lot
WEIC purchased a 0.26 acre parcel on the corner of Quimby Avenue and W. Pleasant Street for use as a construction laydown area during the upgrade of William Clarke Drive/Wayside Drive. WEIC also saw the potential of the site as being a future economic investment. The lot is located near the City’s high density downtown area that has limited public parking. WEIC anticipates that this lot will provide an additional incentive for business growth if developed for public parking.
Feasibility and design study for the former Maine Rubber Site
WEIC supported the redevelopment of the former Maine Rubber property by contracting a Feasibility Study and design for the property. Currently the site is being demolished and remediated of hazardous materials through funds provided by a City Community Development Block Grant.