Exploring the Creation of a Regional Community Center in Waterville, Maine
REM is exploring the possibility of community development of a regional community center as a stand-alone building or as the expansion of an existing organization. There is NO intent for REM to be the sole developer of such a project but we would be willing to help create a powerful regional collaborative partnership involving all 72 REM Partner organizations, private individuals and regional businesses. The intent of this survey is to find out if there is an interest in developing a regional community center and to gather ideas from the public about what they would like to see there (both presently existing projects and events or those which could exist if we had a space to accommodate them.)

REM is now creating a list of spaces in our community presently available for public use including information about the rental fees, time available, parking, furniture and equipment, etc. and placing that information on our site at www.rem1.org.

Please place all answers on top of the words: "Your answer:"
Contact Info:
Help us find you so we can talk with you about your concerns and ideas. WE INVITE YOU TO ADD YOUR IDEAS TO THE END OF THIS SURVEY AND, with your permission, WE WILL SEND THEM OUT FOR A COMMUNITY RESPONSE.
Name:
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Email:
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Phone:
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Would you like to explore the possibilities around the creation of a community center in downtown Waterville?
Thoughts I'd like to share:
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Where?
Having been involved in the production of community events and festivals at Head of Falls, REM has spoken to Mike Roy, City Manager, about establishing a community center at Head of Falls to create the possibility of safer, year-round events there unaffected by the weather. Mike agreed to talk about this and added that there is a two year moratorium on development at Head of Falls to allow proper concentration on the downtown revitalization efforts. We are interested to see what you think of the idea of a community center at Head of Falls. Other options include expansion of an existing organization.
Where would you like to see the community center? (check all that apply)
If elsewhere...where?
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Thoughts I'd like to share:
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Activities Proposed for a community Center:
People are sharing ideas for what they'd like to see at the community center. REM is compiling these ideas and will be emailing to you new ideas presented (including yours added at the end of this survey) so we can provide equal community response opportunities for all ideas presented.
Would you be willing to respond to new ideas proposed by area citizens.
Senior College:
If attracting and retaining senior citizens in our region is important we need to have activities they enjoy. Senior College systems are a big hit in many Maine communities. We have the potential to draw educators from UMA, Colby, Thomas, Unity College and Kennebec Valley Community College as well as people of passion and experience from the general community to present, at affordable prices, classes on subjects of interest to citizens age 55 and older at our community center.
Would you like to see the development of a Senior College system in Waterville? (Check all that apply.)
This is what I'd be willing to do to help develop a Senior College system in Waterville:
Your answer
Thoughts I'd like to share:
Your answer
Growing Green:
Our community center will not only create our own energy by maximizing alternative energies but be a learning center for our people about how to incorporate energy efficiencies in their homes and offices. Regularly scheduled tours would provide opportunities for people to learn and create items to be used in their homes and offices to lower their utility costs and save fossil fuels.
What do you think about making energy efficiencies a major focus for the community center? (Check all that apply.)
This is what I'd be willing to do to help make energy efficiency a major focus for the community center:
Your answer
Thoughts I'd like to share:
Your answer
Inclusive "Barn-raising style" Process
It has been suggested that the creation of our community center involve in the building process as many people as possible. The Maine Amish communities, familiar with barn-raising and other collaborative building processes, will be asked to help us develop our process. Our goal will be to have no debts at the building's completion. Every person who gives monetary, in-kind or labor support to the project will be listed in some very clever way designed by participants. Our goal is to have children years from now saying, "My grandfather helped build that". REM believes strongly that a community supports those things in which it invests and this building should grow through time to be ever responsive to our community's needs and dreams.
What do you think about making the creation of a community center an inclusive process? (Check all that apply.)
This is what I'd be willing to do to help make the creation of a community center an inclusive process:
Your answer
Thoughts I'd like to share:
Your answer
Museum Honoring Site:
In the Mid-Maine Strategic Vision for the Year 2020 the community identified "life-long learning and growth" to be part of our community collaborations. To that end, the vestibule outside of our community spaces could chronicle the logging industry, railroads and other parts of Waterville's history.
What do you think about including museum displays honoring Waterville's history in our community center? (Check all that apply.)
This is what I'd be willing to do to develop displays honoring Waterville's history in our community center:
Your answer
Thoughts I'd like to share:
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Rental Spaces for Community Events:
The Community Center would be built to facilitate community events and festivals for area businesses, nonprofits and individuals. Small groups of a handful of people or groups as large as 500 would enjoy indoor accommodations with thousands possible outside.

Catering for community events would be the renters choice. Area food service businesses which do not have spaces to accommodate such events would have the option of renting Community Center spaces including kitchen facilities. Renters having events could choose to save money by either bringing their own home-prepared food or using the center's kitchen.

Rental fees for REM Partner organizations and Business Sponsors will be at reduced fees and free for their organizational Board and business meetings...just as they always were at The Center on Main Street.

What do you think about providing rental space at the community center for community use? (Please check all that apply.)
This is what I'd be willing to do to help provide rental spaces at the community center:
Your answer
Thoughts I'd like to share:
Your answer
Cutting-edge Technology:
If the Community Center seeks to facilitate community gatherings and informational exchanges, we must be ever vigilant to keep our information technology cutting-edge. We seek to converse with and share best practices with the world on issues relevant to people everywhere. REM will be committed to maintaining a level of communication which keeps up with the possibilities.

Great communications must include great sound, lighting and projection...both inside the building and outside for festivals.

Keeping the REM website at www.rem1.org up to date and allowing communications between the teams working to build the center will be very important.

What do you think about the importance of technology at the community center? (Check all that apply.)
This is what I'd be willing to do to help create a strong technological presence at our community center:
Your answer
Thoughts I'd like to share:
Your answer
Stonescape Water Garden
A group of garden designers, builders, gardeners and landscapers have agreed to collaborate to build a garden at the community center. A licensed award winning stonescape water designer and contractor has agreed to build a pondless water garden donating the stone and his time and talent. An area nursery owner has agreed to transport, donate and plant trees, bushes and flowers. The University of Maine cooperative extension office has agreed to provide master gardener students to maintain the garden.
What do you think about the creation of a stonescape water garden as part of our community center? (Check all that apply.)
This is what I'd be willing to do to help create and then maintain a stonescape water garden and other gardens at our community center:
Your answer
Thoughts I'd like to share:
Your answer
The People
After 21 years of being located at The Waterville Regional Arts and Community Center at 93 Main Street in downtown Waterville, REM has made the decision to look for a new space that will be closely connected to community. If the community decides to create a community center in Waterville's downtown, REM will work to involve the community in the development of that community initiative.

The primary inhabitant of the new community center would be the community and all of the community initiatives developed by consensus to be housed there. REM would like like to establish a permanent home for REM in the community center. The intent is to always have a space for community events and initiatives that is not dependent upon a business or landlord who may decide to change the use of the building.

Would you like to see REM have a permanent home at the community center?
Thoughts I'd like to share:
Your answer
The Building
REM's plan is to involve as many people as possible in the building process. All work done on REM community initiatives is done on a volunteer basis. Any answers or responses you give or work you offer is taken to be on a volunteer basis. REM has been fortunate to have been born in such a giving, open minded and strongly committed community. We would love to hear about your ideas for design and construction.
What do you think about the idea of using the general design of a railroad depot (accenting the site's history if we're at Head of Falls) with a huge porch on all sides allowing for easy movements of events from inside to outside?
Here are some of my design ideas:
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Thoughts I'd like to share:
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Would you be willing to share your ideas for design? (Check all that apply.)
What design or building licenses or skills do you have that you'd be willing to share on a volunteer basis.
What company or individual building or construction professionals do you know who may be willing to donate their time and talent to build some part of our community center?
Your answer
Would you be willing to lend a hand to do any of the following?
Your ideas(s):
What would you like to see at the community center?
This is what I would like to see happening at the community center:
Your answer
Would you like to have this idea incorporated into this survey and emailed for a community response?
Would you be willing to help organize the community around this idea?
We invite you to share any remaining thoughts you may have about the creation of a community center...or about how we could improve our survey process.
Your answer
Thank you for taking the time to share your ideas! We are most appreciative! Please feel free to contact us at any time.
REM - 93 Main Street - Waterville, ME 04901 Phone: 873-4444 Email: rem@rem1.org Website: www.rem1.org
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