It's about community and economic sustainability.
People choose to live in and visit the Boothbay Region for many reasons: the quintessential coastal harbor, the quaint shops and great food, the rich history and architecture, and the strong sense of local community. PGC5 is a private development company that is investing in the revitalization of the Boothbay Region area by encouraging new business, creating jobs, and attracting new residents and visitors alike. Our goals are community revitalization and sustainable economic development that will benefit not just today’s Mainers but our children and grandchildren. You can read press and testimonials here.
Boothbay Village Square
Small towns and rural communities throughout coastal Maine are looking for ways to strengthen their year-round economies, provide better quality of life through walkability and community gathering spaces, and enhance local assets. Boothbay Village Square shares this same goal.
Our hope is to entice new businesses to the Boothbay Region, and through good planning and regionally-inspired design, offer a Village Square setting that will enliven the Boothbay Center area, in summer, winter, spring and fall. By siting these new businesses in a walkable village setting around the Town Common, we hope to make Boothbay a destination for people young and old who want to live and work in the area that we cherish.
BRAS Emergency Response Center
In order to aid the Route 27 Corridor Project and make Boothbay a safer place to live and work, we have donated 1.6 million dollars to build a new facility for the Boothbay Region Ambulance Emergency Response Center (BRAS). The new building was designed with the involvement of the organization and will house more ambulances and more staff. View the BRAS Emergency Response Center plans.
The Route 27 Corridor Project
The Route 27 Corridor Project is a plan to improve the Route 27 corridor in the Boothbay Commons area by making it safer and more welcoming to residents and visitors alike. Although it is not a private project, we are giving our support in several ways: We have funded research and development to make sure the project is feasible, offered a donation to the Town equal to one third of the cost of building the roundabout and contributed 1.6 million to relocate the BRAS Emergency Response Center.
This project demonstrates the benefits of slower traffic speeds, safer pedestrian crossings and aesthetically pleasing intersections. Whether driving, walking or biking, we all want the area to be safe and inviting for visitors and residents alike. A recent car accident, described here, demonstrates why changes need to be made to the Route 27 Corridor.
Roundabouts are place-making, congestion relieving, safety enhancing and supportive of sustainable development. Place-making is a holistic approach to the planning, design and enhancement of public spaces. Place-making emphasizes a community's assets and potential, intentionally creating public space that promotes people's health.
Compact modern roundabouts, like the one proposed here, reduce entry, circulating, and exit speeds to below 20 miles per hour. In Boothbay Center, the roundabout will not only improve safety, it will also function as a ‘gateway’ to the region, creating a physical distinction between the higher speed zones to the north and south and the high-pedestrian use areas around the Common. The central island is an important element, providing a space for landscaping or creating a focal point for community enhancement. Read more benefits here or watch slide show here.
about the president
Paul Coulombe grew up in Lewiston and visited the Boothbay peninsula with his family as a boy and fell in love with its beauty.
After graduating from the University of Maine, Coulombe went to work for White Rock Distilleries, the family business in Lewiston. He developed a great understanding of sales and marketing and took over when his parents retired in 1995. He expanded the company further adding brands such as Three Olives Vodka which became very successful and was sold to Proximo Spirits in 2007. That led to the creation of another vodka brand, Pinnacle, and a new flavor, whipped cream that became extremely popular.
In 2012 he sold White Rock Distilleries to the parent company of Jim Beam, retired and began to focus on the Boothbay Region as a place to live and invest in. Not wanting to sit still, he involved himself in a few projects including Oliver's Restaurant, The Inn at Cuckold's Lighthouse and Boothbay Harbor Country Club. All with the purpose of revitalizing and invigorating the Boothbay Region.
Paul and Giselaine Coulombe’s philanthropic involvement includes: St. Andrews Urgent Care Center, the Boothbay Region YMCA, the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library, Boothbay Region Land Trust, the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor as well as scholarships to Boothbay Region High School students.