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Lewiston-Auburn warming shelter opening today, after cities select new service provider

The sun rises over Downtown Lewiston, Maine, Friday, March 17, 2017.
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The sun rises over Downtown Lewiston, Maine, Friday, March 17, 2017.

A new, temporary warming shelter will open tonight in Lewiston, after Auburn city council approved an amended version of the proposal.

Last week, Auburn approved a plan put forward by the Immigrant Resource Center of Maine to run the shelter. But Lewiston approved a competing proposal, with a lower price tag, from Kaydenz Kitchen Food Pantry, which will operate the shelter.

The total cost is pegged at $125,000, split between the two cities.

The shelter will operate nightly from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. until April 7 at the Calvary United Methodist Church in Lewiston, with a capacity of 100 guests per night.