WATERVILLE — Workers on Monday blocked off the northeast tip of The Concourse downtown and installed concrete barriers along Main Street where a $25 million Colby College residential and retail complex will be built, marking the first day of official activity at the site.

The sidewalk along Main Street next to the construction site was blocked off as equipment plucked and removed small trees along that sidewalk and tore up granite curbing inside the construction zone.

Paul Ureneck, director of commercial real estate for Elm City LLC, an affiliate of Colby College, and Scott Cristina, senior superintendent for Landry/French Construction Co. of Scarborough, said a 6-foot-tall chain link construction fence will be installed Wednesday around the construction area.

The 100,000-square-foot building will have retail space on the first floor and student and staff apartments above. A glassed-in space for use by Colby and the community will be on the northeast corner of the building, and activities inside will be visible to passers-by on the street.

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