Higgins Beach innkeepers resist condo offers, commit to community with rehab project

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — It could have been condos.

Amid the flurry of Portland’s hotel boom, a 1920s inn out on Higgins Beach has quietly undergone a pervasive rehab.

It wasn’t in total disrepair, but the colonial revival building dating back to 1897 was “suffering from deferred maintenance,” according to Phil Kronenthal, director of operations for the Migis Hotel Group, the Maine-based hospitality company that purchased the inn last year.

Now that the once sleepy Higgins Beach Inn joins a portfolio of upscale Migis properties, which includes the Inn at Ocean’s Edge in Lincolnville, 250 Main in Rockland and the Black Point Inn at Prouts Neck, this serene tip of Scarborough gains a new pulse.

“We love old buildings. They have great old bones,” Jesse Henry, director of brand and business development for the group, said. Beyond innkeeping, both men view their role as stewards of a classic property. They met years ago while working

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