Damariscotta officials are seeking feedback from the public about design options for the public restrooms planned for construction in the municipal parking lot.
Dan and Michelle Phelps, owners of Phelps Architects Inc. in Damariscotta, presented the first renderings for the one-story building during the Damariscotta Board of Selectmen’s meeting Jan. 17. The renderings are now on display in the town office and at Skidompha Library.
Each rendering contains four individual restrooms, an office for the harbor master, and a storage area. Two of the four restrooms are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and contain changing tables, according to the renderings. A ramp leads from the parking lot to the restrooms.
The renderings differ in the exterior appearance of the building, and the town has the option to pick and choose between options for the final design, Dan Phelps said.
All the variations have a granite veneer base. There are four options for siding, including a brick veneer, a brick and granite veneer, clapboards, and shingles, according to the renderings.
The different renderings were designed to be “contextual with the town of Damariscotta and the architecture of the downtown,” Dan Phelps said.
The renderings received very positive reactions from the audience at the meeting, with a round of applause following the architects’ presentation.
In September, Town Manager Matt Lutkus said the town had raised the $238,000 necessary for the long-awaited project, which includes the construction of a building containing four individual, unisex restrooms; a small office; and a visitors’ kiosk; as well as a walkway through Taco Alley.
About $60,000 will come from a municipal bond voters approved last November, $17,300 from a Maine Department of Transportation Small Harbor Improvement Program grant, and $11,000 from reserve accounts.
The remaining $149,700 came from private donations, for which the Twin Villages Alliance acted as the fiscal agent.
Anyone with feedback on the renderings is encouraged to email Lutkus at email@example.com.