Work begins on new Salem hotel

SALEM — Construction is expected to start this week on a long-awaited development that could transform the south end of downtown with a new hotel, a housing complex, restaurant and retail stores. It could be two more years, however, before everything is up and running.

City Planning Director Tom Daniel said Maine Course Hospitality Group is seeking foundation and building permits for the project, which is being built on property bordering Dodge and Washington streets.

The initial phase of work will be for utilities and site preparation, according to Sean Riley, president and CEO of Maine Course.

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Matthew ButterfieldWork begins on new Salem hotel