Auburn leaders support Lewiston casino

Posted Nov. 03, 2011, at 5:42 a.m.

AUBURN, Maine — Business and community leaders in the central Maine city of Auburn are voicing their support for a casino in neighboring Lewiston.

Business owners, politicians and others are speaking at a press conference Thursday in Auburn in support of Question 3 on the Nov. 8 ballot, which asks voters if they want to allow a casino with slot machines and table games in Lewiston.

Great Falls Recreation and Redevelopment LLC is proposing to spend more than $100 million to build the casino in a sprawling textile mill that has been idle for years.

Supporters say the project would create hundreds of construction jobs and hundreds more full-time jobs once it’s open.