Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 5 : Summer 2010 - Page 36

Presque Isle Inn & Convention Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary by Kathy McCarty A Star City landmark is celebrating its 10th anniversary this July, complete with a number of upgrades - in keeping with its record of exemplary service, be it dinner in Gram Russo’s newlyconstructed solarium or a night in one of its completely redecorated rooms. The Presque Isle Inn & Convention Center has now been owned and operated by Kevin B. Simmons, owner and president of KBS Enterprises, Inc., for a decade. The structure itself dates back nearly 40 years. Simmons said over the years, the facility has undergone a number of changes to better serve the needs of the community, business travelers and vacationers. The Presque Isle Inn & Convention Center is Aroostook County’s largest full-service hotel and convention center. Construction first began at the Houlton Road location in the summer of 1972. The Swamp Fox Motor Inn was completed in June of 1973, under the ownership of Carroll Hardy, of Brewer, and Peter Benson, of Washburn, who served as contractor. At that time, The Swamp Fox - as it was more commonly referred to included over 70 guest rooms; a dining room that served breakfast, lunch and dinner; a lounge; lobby; meeting rooms and banquet facilities. The new hotel also included a pool, saunas, fitness area and a beauty salon. The project carried a considerable price tag for that time, exceeding its budget by over half of the original estimated cost. At time of completion, the total cost of construction 34 Presque Isle Inn 10th SUMMER 2010