Lewiston gets grant to renovate rail depot

Posted Jan. 24, 2010, at 11:47 a.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing a $200,000 federal grant to help preserve and renovate the 1899 Grand Trunk Depot Building in Lewiston.

The project was one of 44 announced by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that will utilize federal stimulus money to start or expand businesses in rural communities.

Robert Thorpe, president of the Lewiston-Auburn Railroad Co., says the money will go a long way in helping with retrofitting this historic building. Once completed, the building will be used for a restaurant and tourist attraction, creating much needed employment in the area.