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Town of Orono

Planning and Economic Development
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Orono's Monument Square, circa 1908
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Mill Street businesses, circa 1910
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A tree house sits idle in winter

 

Downtown Orono

Downtown Orono -  Welcome!  Eat, Stay, Explore! (Need a cool map?) 

RIDE the shuttle: Take the Black Bear-Orono Express from the University to Downtown and back - easier than campus parking.

CHECK OUT the region's best cluster of restaurants: Bear Brew Pub, Family Dog, Harvest Moon Deli,  Margarita's, Pat's Pizza, Thai Orchid, Verve, The Roost Pub and Wingery, Woodman's Grill

PARTAKE of coffee, sandwiches, baked good, groceries: Butterfingers Bakery, Circle K, Subway, The Store-Ampersand.

DON'T FORGET the veggies:  Orono Farmer's Market - "winter" market in Downtown; "summer" market at University Steam Plant parking lot

BROWSE for special items: Byer of Maine (camp furniture & hammocks), DeGrasse Jewelers, Dr Records, Front Porch Books Rose's Bike and Ski Shop, Shaw & Tenney (wooden oars and paddles)

STAY overnight, within walking distance of the University:  University Inn

FEEL like a new you: Dick's Barber Shop, Erv's Barber Shop, Fringe Salon, Hair After

FIX the headache: Orono Pharmacy

FIX the house: Parks Hardware

FIX the car: Murray's Campus Service Center, Swett's Tire & Auto

TREAT YOURSELF to fine wines and hand-crafted beer: Black Bear Microbrew, Burby & Bates, The Store-Ampersand

GET ONE with nature: Walk the Stillwater River trail; kayak or canoe from hand-carry landings on the Stillwater River at the end of Summer Street, at University Inn, or at Brownie's Park along the Stillwater River trail

LISTEN to a summer concert:  Every Wednesday evening during the summer at Webster Park

LEARN and connect: Orono Public Library, Keith Anderson Community Center

EXPERIENCE history: Walk the Orono Main Street Historic District with twenty-nine 19th Century and turn-of-the-century buildings covering all of the major styles of a hundren years

TAKE A DIP at the Town's outdoor pool next to the Orono school campus   

Downtown Plan

Orono's current Downtown Plan dates back to 1995, with significant updates through 2011.  The updates included a new market analysis and a fresh look at facade improvements.

Investing in Downtown

Downtown Orono -- with its mix of longstanding businesses and newcomers, college youth and senior citizens, riverfront and trails  -- is the dynamic core of Orono.  It is a strong address for restaurants, businesses catering to a University market, and professional and R&D offices.  More than a decade ago, the Town, in cooperation with Downtown merchants and residents, reaffirmed its commitment to a healthy Downtown.  It has since:

  • Built a new, LEED-certified public library in Downtown
  • Established a Downtown Development District, which is jointly administered by the Town and the Orono Village Association
  • Initiated the Black Bear Orono Express, a shuttle bus between Downtown and the University of Maine campus -- jointly developed by the University, Town, OVA, Maine DOT and BAT Connector
  • Established a fund for capital investments in Downtown and to help pay for the shuttle bus
  • In cooperation with OVA, engaged the University of Maine Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center to help market Downtown
  • Established a Downtown riverfront park on the banks of the Stillwater, as part of an evolving in-town trail system

To learn more about Downtown business opportunities, contact Belle Ryder, Assistant Town Manager, belle@orono.org

Redevelopment Plan

Keep up to date with the plan to redevelop the former Katahdin Building site at the center of Downtown for University Credit Union's new headquarters.