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Collections - MF 156 Bangor Waterfront Revitalization Collection

Number of Interviews: 2

Dates interviews were conducted:  2008

Time period covered:  late 20th century

Principal interviewers:  Pauleena MacDougall

Finding Aides:  transcripts

Access Restrictions:  none

Description: This collection consists of 2 interviews conducted by Pauleena MacDougall in November and December 2008 about the development of the Bangor waterfront.  John M. Rohman was the CEO of WBRC, a firm of architects and engineers.  Rodney McKay was Director of Community and Economic Development for the city of Bangor.  Included in the collection is a copy of the Bangor Waterfront Master Plan and a Powerpoint presentation about Maine’s creative economy.

3714 Rodney McKay interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall on December 17th, 2008 at the Bangor City Hall.  McKay talks about the Bangor Waterfront clean-up; initial plans for the waterfront in the 1980s; purchasing of lots and buildings along the waterfront; clean-up of water and soil; Maine Army National Guard involvement; redevelopment above and below ground along the waterfront; replacement of the bulkhead and cribwork; future plans for the seafront and along Front Street; sources of funding; primary people and groups who kept the vision together; city interest in the project; historical preservation; challenges faced during the project; National Folk Festival’s involvement; development of the harbor for cruise ships; further development and possible connections to other cities and major attractions outside of Bangor; cultural activities; growth of downtown Bangor; ideas for development of downtown Bangor; Bangor Center Corporation. Transcript: 11 pp

Recordings: CD2430  36 min

Manuscript: Bangor Waterfront Master Plan, by the City of Bangor      27 pp

3715 John Rohman interviewed by Pauleena MacDougall on November 19, 2008 in Bangor.  Rohman talks about the development of downtown Bangor and the waterfront; funding for the development project; effect Bangor Mall opening had on downtown Bangor; barriers to developing downtown; downtown as the heart of the community; how the National Folk Festival changed the downtown; how the National Folk Festival started; fundraising for the National Folk Festival; growth of apartments and restaurants downtown. Transcript: 11 pp

Recordings: CD2431  37 min

Manuscript of Powerpoint presentation: “Maine’s creative economy; connecting community, creativity & commerce”  23 pp

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