A representative for a proposed Chinese medical tourism facility said Thursday the project is in limbo while backers wait for federal approval of a program that would help connect the $40 million project with foreign investors willing to contribute cash.
He's hoping for that any time now.
Meanwhile, Central Maine Medical Center's new leader says he knows almost nothing about the project — which centers on using CMMC in Lewiston to care for medical tourists from China — because no one involved has contacted him since he started six months ago.
"It's not a project, from our perspective," said CMMC spokeswoman Ericka Dodge, adding, "To say that we will be or won't be involved is kind of like grasping at a cloud. There's nothing there."
The project was announced in July 2015, in a standing room-only signing ceremony at Auburn Hall. It calls for turning the former Lunn and Sweet Shoe Factory on Minot Avenue into a 5-star resort catering to rich Chinese patients seeking American medical treatments at CMMC. At the time, representatives for Miracle Enterprise — the Maine arm of Beijing-based Guo Tou Sheng Tong Investment Co. and the project's backer — said the resort could serve 5,000 people a year.