Lewiston will host a community forum on May 25
Lewiston’s Choice Neighborhood Initiative will be the subject of an “Investing in a Neighborhood and Transforming Our City” forum, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, at the Lewiston Public Library – Callahan Hall, 200 Lisbon St.
The free event will focus on a $30 million Department of Housing and Urban Development Choice Implementation Grant, awarded in May 2021 to the Lewiston Housing Authority and the City of Lewiston – the smallest city in ever have received this funding, according to a press release from the city of Lewiston.
Mayor Carl Sheline notes, “The Choice Neighborhood Grant is a game-changer for downtown Lewiston and our entire city. The impact of this investment is transformational for a city of our size.
Panelists participating in the forum include Chris Kilmurry, executive director of Lewiston Housing and principal beneficiary of the Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grant; Catherine Elliott, senior development officer at Avesta Housing and development partner at Lewiston Housing; and Misty Parker, Associate Director of Economic and Community Development for Lewiston, co-recipient of the Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grant.
The Choice initiative will partially fund 185 new safe, energy-efficient, mixed-income apartments that Lewistonians can afford to call home. These developments will be a catalyst for new investment throughout the neighborhood and beyond the city center. Parker said, “The Choice Initiative is not just about housing; it will invest in people and the neighborhood, driving continued economic growth in the city.
Upstream of the forum, a walking tour of the future residential sites will be offered; the tour will depart at 4:30 p.m. from the front of the Lewiston Public Library, 200 Lisbon St.
This forum is part of a series of monthly community forums hosted by the Lewiston Mayor’s Ad Hoc Committee on Economic Development. The committee was established in January to advise and make recommendations to Lewiston City Council on economic development challenges and opportunities in Lewiston.
For more information, call Dottie Perham-Whittier, Community Relations Coordinator, at 207-513-3000, ext. 3205.
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