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Developer has Big Plan for Lewiston Mill

 LEWISTON, Maine (AP) _ The Lewiston City Council is giving a developer another year to work out financial details of a proposed redevelopment of Bates Mill No. 5.

    Developer Tom Platz said he's shooting for a 200,000-square-foot lease commitment before he can start the $70 million project to revamp the 100-year-old mill.

    The Sun Journal reports that Central Maine Healthcare and the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA have expressed interest in roughly 75,000 square feet each, accounting for half of the 350,000-square-foot space.

    Under the plan, Central Maine Medical Center would relocate its sports medicine and weight management offices, and the YMCA would give patients free, short-term memberships to a gym. There would be an indoor walking track, and a boutique grocery store.