"Unfortunately there's been some pressure about the costs with this project," he said. "They're not portrayed the way they should be. They've been misrepresented."
He said the resale of power would have paid for the building's utilities, while the greenway money would have covered the project's debt service.
But it's all for nothing, now. And it's a result which could have long-term effects on Lewiston's political future. Reiter's term expires at the end of the year, and the town leader is facing both a Republican primary challenger, as well as two Democrat candidates if he chooses to continue in office.
The question of if he would, a move made possible when his campaign filed petitions with the county Board of Elections last week, came up. He's just undergone a major heart surgery and he's been interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the state's Attorney General's office following a 2011 audit revealed alleged highway department indiscretions under his watch as highway superintendent.
"We'll see," he said about running again. "This (vote) may be a little bit of a reflection on me."