Hotel proposal heard by Farmington board

A proposal for a Best Western Plus hotel was shared Monday night, Feb. 13, with the Farmington Planning Board. The hotel would sit back from Wilton Road. The driveway, seen Tuesday, is on the Wilton side of HeathQuest Chiropractic to the left of the poles. Pam Harnden/Livermore Falls Advertiser

FARMINGTON — Information about Rick Collins’ proposal for a Best Western Plus hotel was shared with Planning Board members Monday night, Feb. 13.

Parent company Best Western is comprised of 18 hotel brands, has more than 4,700 hotels in 100 countries and territories, Jonathan Buck, regional director North American development for Best Western, said. Originally one brand, Best Western now has Best Western Plus, Best Western Premiere, and an economy brand SureStay by Best Western, with one of the latter now in Lewiston, he noted.

“Mr. Collins approached [Best Western] several years back about the possibility of bringing a hotel development project to Farmington,” Buck said. “I worked for the competition but when I joined the company 13-14 months ago they said ‘Farmington is on our radar.’ So I made a point to talk with Mr. Collins, make connections.”

Collins, [owner of Collins Enterprises in Wilton] was in the process of acquiring a parcel of land, was considering putting a hotel on this parcel of land, Buck said. Best Western looked at it, did some research on the market to see if it was economically feasible, he noted.

A proposal to build a Best Western Plus hotel was presented Monday night, Feb. 13, to Farmington selectmen. Businessman Rick Collins of Wilton plans to locate the 70- to 75-room hotel between Silver Shears salon and HealthQuest Chiropractic on Route 4. Google maps screenshot

“The good news is that there is opportunity here,” Buck said. “There’s demand, there’s customers who are knocking on

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