Fate of Lewiston’s Martel School will be decided this month

LEWISTON — City officials will decide the future of the former Martel Elementary School building this month, with three redevelopment offers on the table.

The school closed in 2019, and was officially considered city property as of September 2019, when the brand new Conners Elementary opened. Since then, the city has solicited bids for the sale and redevelopment of the building and its property following recommendations from the Planning Board and Finance Committee.

On Tuesday, the City Council will discuss the proposals during a workshop, and according to City Administrator Ed Barrett, the council will likely make a decision during its Feb. 18 meeting.

The three bids received by the city come from the Lewiston Housing Authority and Avesta Housing; David Gendron from Gendron & Gendron in Lewiston; and Auburn SHAREcenter, a nonprofit school program that collects materials to be reused by schools or other programs.

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