LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A groundbreaking ceremony for a new hotel in downtown Lewiston represents more than the start of construction: it marks another phase of the Riverfront Island Master Plan.
A $9 million 93-bed Hampton Inn will be built at 15 Lincoln Street, which is in between Main Street, the Androscoggin River, and the Bates Mill Complex.
According to Director of Economic Development Lincoln Jeffers, the city has been trying to get a hotel in this location for five years.
Plans were detailed in the Riverfront Island Master Plan, which calls for investment, development, and revitalizatoin in the downtown area near the Androscoggin.
The groundbreaking ceremony will be at the construction site at 2 p.m., and a reception will follow at the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn at 3 p.m.
The hotel is expected to open by September 2014.