Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 5 : Summer 2010 - Page 38

the value of the project estimated at $88,000. The hotel remained Keddy’s for nearly 20 years, though few records remain as to the owner of record at that time. City records indicate Dalton Scovil purchased the property, which had fallen into receivership, in November 1998 and shortly thereafter it became the County View Hotel. Less than a year and a half later, Simmons purchased the hotel and began the process of updating the facility, adding a touch of elegance and family atmosphere throughout, as well as a new name: Presque Isle Inn & Convention Center – taking on a similar name to Simmons’ first hotel in Aroostook County, the Caribou Inn & Convention Center. Simmons first came to Aroostook County in the fall of 1990 looking at potential hospitality properties. He returned several times until his purchase of the Caribou Inn & Convention Center – formerly Caribou Motor Inn - on March 23, 1994, becoming a member of the Aroostook County community at the age of 28. The new owner, originally from Portland, was excited to bring his knowledge of the industry and his own ideas to Aroostook County. “We’ve completed significant renovations to our guest rooms; we have added extended-stay suites, with full kitchen and living areas. In 2009, all rooms received new furnishing and additional amenities. Additional upgrades are being phased in in some suites and a few guest room bathrooms at present,” he said. The facility offers the latest amenities, making any stay – be it a family on vacation or a business trip – a pleasant one. “The interior private areas and public areas have been upgraded. We have made substantial energy-efficient upgrades to our operational and mechanical systems, as well as installing advanced technological systems. We offer wireless Internet access. New stateof-the-art computer systems have been installed in the restaurant and at the front desk, allowing us to be more competitive in today’s marketplace,” Simmons noted. Simmons remembers shortly after his purchase, he had to replace the over 30-yearold boiler system that was manually run by turning and shutting off valves. “It was pretty scary,” he said. 36 Presque Isle Inn 10th SUMMER 2010