I saw the Sentinel photo of the proposed new building to replace the beautiful old Sterns building — it is ugly (“Waterville Planning Board to review final plans for $18 million Paul J. Schupf Art Center,” May 2). That glass exposure of a stairway facing the common is particularly bad; it is just another brick box. What were the planners thinking?

I don’t believe that the façade could not have been replicated. This, added to the horrific idea of making Main Street two way, will keep me from ever driving down Main Street again. I will find other ways to get to Winslow and Joseph’s Market.

I was a young when, for safety’s sake, Main and Front streets were made one way. Do the planners really believe that Waterville people will happily park in The Concourse or in the Front Street parking lots and walk to Main Street to shop? I won’t.

I also do not believe that Waterville can sustain as many arts facilities as currently planned. Have the planners ever heard the phrase “starving artists”? Very few will be able to afford to rent space in newly renovated buildings.

I prefer to remember the old days when Waterville’s Main Street was a wonderful part of life.


Louise Marcoux Bowker


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