Lewiston Maine: The Ups & Downs of a Downtown in Transition
By Kristen Wheatley, Supporting Success - Best Job in the World!
(Better Homes & Gardens | The Masiello Group)
Last month, a string of fires in downtown Lewiston claimed 10 apartment buildings and left almost 200 people homeless. Fortunately there were no fatalities and only minor injuries. The community rallied together to help those affected by the fires, but the events also brought to light a problem that has been brewing for decades. Century old buildings that have been allowed to deteriorate to a dangerous level. A once thriving mill town, Lewiston has had it's ups and downs, but has enjoyed something of a renaissance over the last 10 years with new businesses moving in to the downtown area and renovating the beautiful old structures that have defined the city. The inventory of apartment buildings however, has not enjoyed the same renaissance. Larry Baril of Lewiston gives a great asses...