Just a neat pic I found online. Never been here before but I think I will find a time to swing through, maybe next time I'm in Maine in late November.
Will be a gorgeous building to live in. Curious what the first floor big windows will become.Lewiston’s tallest building planned for residential redevelopment
"The narrow width of the building posed some interesting design challenges, he said.
The biggest challenge centered on egress. The existing staircase and hallway run along one side of the building. The problem was to figure out where to fit a second interior staircase. The final layout is still in the works with his architect, but one idea is to build a second staircase at the back of the building, leaving the existing staircase and hallway mostly intact.
That would result in three apartment units per floor of around 600 to 700 square feet each."
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I was going to say the same; that spot is about as prominent and easy to access as Danforth.Great news for Lewiston. Not enamored with the name change or the proposed location of the new building on Beech Street, a site closer to Lisbon Street and the center of downtown would have been better in my opinion.
There was this other article yesterday that didn't have much new info in it: Lewiston draws developers and entrepreneurs seeking space, affordability — and opportunity
You can think the same Biddeford with all of the empty lots near the mills. They're starting to fill in. It's only a matter of time before Lewiston follows suit. Especially since people are being priced out of Portland.There was this other article yesterday that didn't have much new info in it: Lewiston draws developers and entrepreneurs seeking space, affordability — and opportunity
It did, however, remind me that there are plans for the mill complex which sits right next to this location. What I didn't realize is that the conversion of the 79,000 SF 2 Beech St mill has already started (72 workforce and market-rate units) and that Chinburg owns the rest of the 560,000 complex and plans 300 units. Chinburg also owns Hill Mill across the street (460,000 SF) and it is 70% leased with light manufacturing and other commercial tenants.
I just looked at the area on Google Maps - look at all the empty lots. This could be a Bayside-like opportunity for Lewiston, reimagining a whole section of town. And the Bates Mill is within walking distance, you've already got restaurants, a bakery, an arts center, a large park in place.
Impressive project! Too bad there's a white elephant parking garage blocking views of the river.Jason Levesque’s residential development in Lewiston moves forward
The Auburn mayor has a development in the works for Lewiston, three buildings, 400 total units. First proposed building is 150 units.
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The development would be located in this parking lot behind the Dempsey Center:
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The placement of stuff like this blocking scenic views and taking up valuable waterfront permeates the entire state. Notice how many old cemeteries have the best views....lol. Hopefully we are at a time and place where new developments are smarter in this regard.Impressive project! Too bad there's a white elephant parking garage blocking views of the river.
From the story, it sounds as though nobody's even using it:
"The 590-space parking garage, which Levesque said is empty, is planned to serve tenants of both residential buildings."
The LewBurn area is really positioning itself for lots of growth and revitalization in coming years!Among the specifics, modified zoning of nearly 375 properties within Sabattus, Lisbon and Main Street corridors, including increased depth of commercial zoning districts, reduced setbacks providing more space for development and more opportunities for multi-family development.
Multi-family development is now allowed in the three corridors, in order to increase housing supply, make more efficient use of the land, enhance neighborhood and urban vitality, and improve access to amenities.
Within the greater downtown area, where properties are closer to public transportation, sidewalks and municipal parking facilities, parking standards were reduced to provide more opportunity for lot development. For example, new businesses will likely not have to provide parking on site in much of the downtown.
In some neighborhoods, the city now permits small stores and food establishments in order to increase neighborhood vibrancy and quality of life.