03 - 25 - 2013 Former Lewistown Hotel to be converted to apartments
LEWISTOWN - A resurrection of sorts is under way at the building formerly known as the Hotel Lewistown at 20 S. Main St. The building, constructed in 1936, was shut down in 2010 and has sat idle until just recently when a local business man, Joe Gagliardo, decided it was time for a change. The Hotel Lewistown will be transformed into Ansal Apartments, named for the owner's parents, Antonietta and Salvatore. What was 78 hotel rooms will become 22 apartments in a combination of one-, two- and three-bedroom configurations. Workers are currently gutting the building, while at the same time attempting to preserve some of the fixtures in the lobby and entrance way. Even the old elevator door, with the Hotel Lewistown emblem, will be preserved. The former restaurant area will be converted into a community room available to tenants for family parties or dinners. Gagliardo hopes to have the project completed by September.