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Town of Falmouth, Maine
271 Falmouth Road
Falmouth, ME 04105
(207) 781-5253

Current Development Initiatives
  • What is the status of new commercial construction in Falmouth?
  • What can you tell me about current public or private development and planning initiatives?
Tidewater Farm and Village
In 2005, the Town Council approved a Master Development Planned Development District for Tidewater, a 52-acre saltwater farm and 20-acre adjacent area, near Route One. The mixed-use plan includes 86 new homes, 65,000 sq.ft. of retail and commercial development, a 75-room inn and about 30 acres of open space. Many of the homes and much of the commercial space have been completed. Mercy Hospital is one of the commercial tenants. A Regional Learning Center for sustainable living operated by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County has recently opened at this location.
 Tidewater mixed use building.            4252011_12921_1.jpg                
Commercial building at Tidewater Village                           I-295 sign (photo: The Forecaster)

You may wish to also consult the following websites:
        Tidewater Farm.

West Falmouth Crossing
West Falmouth Crossing is a $23 million, master planned development district for a commercial center which includes 60,000 sq.ft. of large and small-scale neighborhood retail businesses along with 143,000 sq.ft. of office space. A Hannaford grocery store and retail complex occupies the eastern half of the site, and a new office building for TD BankNorth anchors the site west of Gray Road. The site also includes vital neighborhood commercial services, including banks, convenience stores, medical offices, a daycare facility, and other storefronts.

The development includes forty acres of preserved forestland and riparian habitat with walking trails along the Presumpscot River, called River Point. It is located at the northern terminus of a METRO bus line.
TD Bank North building         Bowdoin Medical Group building
TD BankNorth building                                                                         Bowdoin Medical Group building

Falmouth Shopping Center and Route One
The 250,000 sq.ft. Falmouth Shopping Center on Route One, home to a Shaw’s Supermarket and a variety of other businesses, was partially renovated in 2006. In 2008, the owners of the center expressed an interest to the Town to expand the shopping center onto an undeveloped portion of the property. The Town Council, concerned with current vacancies in the complex, suggested a collaborative approach between the owners of the Center and the community to which the owners agreed.

A community event was held in November 2009 by the Town, where stakeholders participated to provide public feedback on desired and non-desired elements for future development at the Falmouth Shopping Center property. An on-line survey was also made available to the public. A report was submitted to the Town Council. The Council sent its recommendations to the owner of the Center. View the Council's March 31, 2010 letter to the property owner.
Falmouth Shopping Center Aerial
Aerial view of Falmouth Shopping Center

The Town Council is committed to create and implement a community and business vision for Route One. The Council is currently in the process of finalizing zoning amendments for Route One South. The goals of this effort are to create a more mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly place. You may wish to consult the project website for more details: Falmouth Shopping Center and Route One Project

On July 27, 2011 the Council issued a Request for Proposals for a Route One South Infrastructure Enhancement Plan. Improvements resulting from this plan are expected to be implemented over the coming years.

Community Facilities Planning Project
With the opening of a new Falmouth Elementary School at the Woodville Road campus,two existing schools - Plummer-Motz and Lunt - were closed in June 2011. Following rejection of a reuse plan by Falmouth voters in 2011, the Council requested private redevelopment proposals and selected OceanView at Falmouth. On January 31, 2012 a Purchase and Sale Agreement was signed with OceanView. The Town and OceanView have until December 31, 2012 to close on this transaction. See the project website for more information.

John Wasileski, owner of OceanView of Falmouth, Council Chair Teresa Pierce,
and Town Manager Nathan Poore at the January 31st signing

Image source: Portland Press Herald

Transportation Planning
Falmouth is a pro-active community. This is evident with its current transportation planning project. In 2009, the Town hired Gorrill-Palmer Inc. to conduct a Pavement Management and Transportation Management Plan for Falmouth. The purpose of this plan is to acquire current pavement condition information and outline priorities and recommendations for the Town's 90 miles of roadways.  

The plan will also include a recommended Transportation System Improvement Program, which will include:
  • Roadway corridor improvements
  • Intersection improvements
  • Traffic operational improvements
  • New roadways
  • Access management recommendations
  • Transit system improvements
  • Bicycle, pedestrian, and trail improvements
The Town of Falmouth will incorporate this information into its comprehensive Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program.  The Town is also implementing a Computerized Maintenance Management System, called VUEWorks, which will include the project's pavement and transportation data, to help manage its ongoing infrastructure needs.

You may wish to also consult the following websites:

Comprehensive Plan Update
The Town's land use policies are articulated in its 2000 Comprehensive Plan. The Town's Long-Range Planning Advisory Committee (LPAC+) is currently preparing an update of this plan. This work included a community-wide survey. The Council will have authority to adopt the new update once it is completed.

You may also wish to consult the project website: Comprehensive Plan Update.

You may wish to also consult the website for the current Comprehensive Plan: 2000 Comprehensive Plan


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