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March 10, 2021

Biz Bites: New Winthrop Key Bank building owner; expansions, openings

a white brick building with signs that say Key Bank and ATM on a corner with little piles of snow Courtesy / Winthrop Maine Historical Society The Winthrop Maine Historical Society has bought the former Key Bank building at 107 Main St., Winthrop, to use as its new headquarters.

The former Key Bank building at 107 Main St. in Winthrop has a new owner — the Winthrop Maine Historical Society, which ended a 10-year process of looking for a new home when it closed on the 2,596-square-foot building in February. 

The society paid $100,000 for the building, funded through donations, including a GoFundMe page. Brokers Eben Thomas, of Thomas Agency, and Mary Denison, of Lake and Denison, helped seal the deal, the society said. The building will be called the Winthrop History and Heritage Center once renovations are complete (which requires more fundraising), and the society intends to make good use of two large bank vaults in the building. The building will house its extensive collection and also have display, function and gift-shop space.

Lewiston High School’s $13.4 million expansion is slated to be completed in time for the 2021-22 school year. The project includes extensive renovations to 33,000 square feet of existing building and a 10,000-square-foot addition. Ledgewood Construction is the contractor, Lavallee/Brensinger, of Portland and Manchester, N.H., designed the project and Timothy Brochu, president of Adra Architecture, of Kittery, is the clerk of the works.

Children’s Center, at 1 Alden Ave., in Augusta, announced it will break ground later this year on a 14,000-square foot expansion. The center is an early childhood intervention and family support services organization for children with special needs. The center also has locations in Farmington, Skowhegan and Waterville and serves more than 250 children a year, with waiting lists at all its sites, organization officials said in a news release. The Augusta site, its main location, sees about 100 children a year. Plans include renovating 5,000 additional square feet of the existing building. The expansion will more than double the space and provide additional classrooms, specialized service areas and administrative space, as well as create additional gross motor space, a stimulation-sensitive entrance and lobby and allow solar installation. It will also include the state’s only Snoezelen Room, which provides therapy for people with autism and other sensory processing disorders.

Charter Communications recently opened a Spectrum store at 496 Stillwater Ave. in Bangor, in a retail center anchored by Bed, Bath & Beyond. It’s the 12th Spectrum location in the state.

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