March 4, 2013

Developers propose downtown hotel, restaurant in Biddeford mill

The 40-room hotel, with a 6,000-square-foot high-end restaurant, would overlook the Saco River.

By Gillian Graham ggraham@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Scott Joslin, COO of the Pepperell Mill Campus, stands inside the site of a proposed hotel and restaurant Monday, March 4, 2013 to be located at the old Biddeford mill complex.

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Pepperell Mill Campus in Biddeford on Monday, March 4, 2013, where a 40-room hotel and high-end restaurant is being proposed.

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The city is considering building a municipal parking garage elsewhere on the Pepperell Mill Campus to address a parking shortage, said Stevenson, the economic development director. The city would buy a parcel from Sanford to build the garage, which the city would operate.

Craig Pendleton, executive director for the Biddeford-Saco Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the hotel might be especially attractive to visitors to the University of New England's Biddeford campus, people who come to Biddeford and Saco for business, or tourists who want to explore the area.

It also makes "good sense" to have a hotel within walking distance of the Amtrak train station in Saco, he said.

"I think it's a great way to tie a lot of our mill area and Main Street together," Pendleton said. "While competition seems to sometimes be detrimental, Biddeford has a unique ethnic flavor to its restaurants. Adding one more can only continue to bring people to Biddeford-Saco."

Joslin said he is looking forward to adding a hotel and restaurant to Biddeford as others invest in redeveloping the area.

"All these pieces are coming together down here. We're excited about what the rest of Main Street is doing too," he said. "This city is on its way."

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