- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) - The Biddeford Planning Board has given the go-ahead to a $50 million project that will transform a downtown textile mill.

The Lincoln Hotel and Lofts project that received unanimous final approval from the board on Wednesday will include 96 apartments, an 81-room hotel, and two restaurants.

Developer Tim Harrington says he expects to break ground on the project this spring and finish by 2017. He estimates the project will create at least 200 permanent jobs.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the project and other redevelopments in the area are being touted by city officials as evidence that the removal of a trash incinerator is spurring redevelopment in a downtown that has struggled since the once-bustling textile mills closed decades ago.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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