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Proposal for Old Granite Hotel Site Includes Green Space, Fountain and Parking

The Winder City Council's Planning and Development Committee got a look Thursday at a proposal for the downtown site.


While the is in the process of being demolished, the Winder City Council's Planning and Development Committee was presented a proposal for what could possibly take the structure's place.

Councilman Sonny Morris, vice chairman of the committee, stressed the design is a proposal only during the committee's monthly meeting Thursday, March 1, at the .

The committee also includes Councilman Larry Evans, chairman, and Councilman Charlie Eberhart, who was absent from Thursday's committee meeting.

The proposal for the site includes a park with a fountain, as well as a dozen parking spaces.

Barry Edgar, Winder's city planner, and Ken Chalker, director of public works, gave the committee an update on the Old Granite Hotel's demolition.

"We’re moving real good on it,” Chalker said.

The city plans to reuse the granite from the structure — should the proposal for a park come to fruition, the granite would be used there.      

"The granite is beautiful,” said Edgar, who added the demolition is ahead of schedule but may slow down as crews work toward the structure's north wall.

What would you like to see replace the Old Granite Hotel? Tell us in comments.

Check out Barrow Patch's past coverage of the Old Granite Hotel.

mollyrose April 23, 2012 at 10:54 PM
I'd like to see a granite ( from rhe walls of course) wall with an artist's rendering of the old hotel on the sign. "Old Granite Hotel Park". Perhaps leave out the parking places and instead build a pavilion with some tables and benches and a swing or two. Cars parking would ruin the ambience of a "green space". Let it be pedestrian only traffic. Shoppers could take a break and have lunch from one of the restaurants in the area. - carry out , inviting people in to sit and socialize without the worry of cars backing in and out. This could be a real asset to downtown if thought out well and getting input from citizens.

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