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Town plans to demolish derelict century-old inn building

March 13, 2018

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — A century-old historic Maine inn will be torn down two weeks after its purchase by the town it resides in.

The Kennebec Valley Inn in Skowhegan, once known as the Maine Central Railroad Hotel, was bought two weeks ago by the Skowhegan Economic Development Corporation. The corporation paid $73,000 for the building and plans to tear it down and replace it with a new, multiuse building.

A town official says the demolition will cost about $70,000.

The building, formerly owned by Dale and Eunice Thorpe, is three stories tall with each floor measuring about 10,000 square feet. Thorpe says he bought the building in 1984 and doesn’t have a problem with it being torn down.

A capital campaign will start to raise funds to demolish the building.

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