WATERVILLE — Home2 Suites by Hilton is seeking to build an hotel off Armory Road in the city’s North End, close to Interstate 95 and two existing hotels.

The site plan to be reviewed by the Waterville Planning Board on Oct. 25 lists Home2 Suites and Hill Hospitality as the entities proposing the hotel, which would be built on 2 acres to be split off from 75 Armory Road and 21 Industrial Park Road.

Retlew Investment LLC, which owns 21 Industrial Park Road, is scheduled to ask the board for an informal preapplication review for the hotel. Retlew and Caprilite LLC, which owns 75 Armory Road, will also request revisions to a previously approved subdivision to create the 2-acre site for the hotel.

Retlew and Caprilite want to sell the property to the developer, but the property must be subdivided before the sale to allow for hotel construction.

Hilton spokesperson Robert Giardi said Tuesday in an email that the hotel is scheduled to break ground in 2024 and will have an indoor pool and fitness center.

Home2 Suites by Hilton is one of the fastest-growing brands in Hilton’s history, according to information Giardi provided. It has opened 551 hotels and has 592 in the pipeline. Hill Hospitality is a hotel developer and management company based in Easton, Maryland.


Home2 Suites is a mid-tier, all-suite, extended-stay hotel concept designed to offer accommodations with flexible guest room configurations and amenities for the cost-conscious guest, its website says.

Charlie Craig, a partner with The Dunham Group of Portland, is listed in Planning Board information as partnering with Andy Rosenthal to sell the properties to the hotel developer. The Rosenthal family and partners comprise Retlew Investment.

The properties to be sold are located before the entrance to Industrial Park Road if one is traveling east on Armory Road from Main Street. Both properties total about 8 acres but the hotel would be on about 2 acres, Craig said Tuesday in a phone interview. The hotel would be located across from Eagle Rental at 51 Armory Road.

“It’s a great use for the property,” Craig said.

The hotel site is located near Interstate 95 and two other hotels on Main Street near the entrance to I-95: Fireside Inn & Suites and Best Western Plus Waterville Grand Hotel.

“I’m excited for lots of the development that is happening and planned for in Waterville. We are a growing community. One that offer visitors a plethora of culture, great food and arts along with jobs,” Mayor Jay Coelho said Tuesday. “The city needs a growing tax base to continue its momentum. I think another hotel and business that wants to be a part of our community it a good thing.”

Other hotels in the city include Lockwood Hotel, which Colby College built on Main Street downtown; Hampton Inn on Kennedy Memorial Drive; and Holiday Inn Express & Suites on Main Street.

Don Plourde of Coldwell Banker Plourde Real Estate of Waterville is working with Craig on the Armory Road and Industrial Park Road property sales.

The Planning Board meeting is scheduled to be held at 7 p.m. at The Elm at 21 College Ave. and those wanting to watch or take part in the meeting may do so via a link on the city’s website, www.waterville-me.gov.

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