The Bath Freight Shed Alliance (BFSA) has received a $1,000 planning seed grant from Maine Preservation. This matching grant will be used for engineering and documentation. The committee commended “the performance of the organization (BFSA) over the past year and the progress made both in turning public opinion in support of the adaptive re-use option for this important building and site.”
In announcing the grant, Maine Preservation acknowledged the special historical and contemporary importance of the former Maine Central Railroad Freight Shed. Specifically, its unique downtown location at the site of the former ferry landing and its contribution to rail and river transportation during the late 19th and early 20th centuries earned it inclusion in Bath’s National Register Downtown Historic District.
Maine Preservation field representative, Christopher Closs, cited the critical access the building and waterfront site provide to the Kennebec River for residents, shoppers, visitors and tourists in the heart of downtown and year-round with the Bath Farmers’ Market, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust and Maine’s First Ship partners.