Lewiston, The New All-American City, wins Marriott Hotel

A North Carolina developer will build a Marriott Courtyard hotel on the Island Point development in Lewiston, casting doubt over Auburn’s hope to lure a Marriott hotel to its side of the river.Winston Hotels Inc., in Raleigh, N.C., announced Tuesday it will begin next spring constructing a 120-room hotel on Mill Street at the foot of Great Falls, according to a press release. Lincoln Jeffers, Lewiston’s city administrator assistant, told the Sun Journal he thinks the hotel will spur more development in the nearby Cowan Mill, where plans for condos and a restaurant stalled after being announced in 2005.

Despite the announcement, developers George Schott and Bob Baldacci said they would continue to try to build a Marriott franchise over the river near the Auburn Mall.

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Lewiston Maine – The New All-American City

The National Civic League last week named Lewiston an All-America City.

The title, given to 10 cities across the U.S., is for cities that demonstrate problem-solving skills and civic pride. Lewiston submitted an application for the honor in April, highlighting the Lots to Gardens community garden project, the city council’s youth advisory council and its efforts to increase low-income residents’ use of the Earned Income Tax Credit program, according to a press release. Lewiston was a finalist for the award last year.

City officials began marketing the title yesterday, hanging a sign on Alfred Plourde Parkway, according to the Lewiston Sun Journal. “It doesn’t mean we don’t have any problems,” City Councilor Norm Rousseau told the paper. “It means we come together to solve the problems we have. This group and these judges, from across the country, recognized that.”

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