Lewiston mulls casino at mill site

Posted Dec. 02, 2009, at 9:58 a.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — The Lewiston City Council has agreed to borrow money to demolish the Bates Mill No. 5 building. Councilors are also considering a proposal to build a casino on the site.

The Sun Journal newspaper says councilors met behind closed doors Tuesday with Mayor Larry Gilbert, city attorney Martin Eisenstein, acting City Administrator Phil Nadeau and Finance Director Dick Metivier to discuss a possible casino. There was no action.

There’s already another effort afoot to build a casino in Oxford County. Both proposals would require approval of state voters in a referendum.

Lewiston’s City Council agreed to borrow $800,000 to raze the Bates No. 5 building. The iconic structure opened in 1914 and once housed 300 looms.