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ECEDA visits hotel
Wylie Troupe, Dave Baggett, Klay Peters, Jimmy Monk, Jimmy Norrell, Jason Griffith, Barry Mask and Lee Greer observe the progress of the second level of the Hotel Talisi. Photo by Lauren Newman
Members of the Elmore County Economic Developement Authority conducted a walk-through of Hotel Talisi last week.
Accompanied by Mayor George McCain, members of the Tallassee Redevelopment Authority and hotel owner Wylie Troupe, the ECEDA board saw what progress of the rebuilding of the hotel and what is still left to accomplish.
“We want people to know we’re behind this,” McCain said. “This is the icon of downtown.”
As previously reported in the Tribune, the first level will remain a restaurant, the second level will house eight suites and 14 guest rooms with street and river views and the third level will be an open-concept banquet/conference hall.
Though the inner workings of the building have been stripped, Troupe said he’s going to bring it back to look like it’s from the colonial/art deco era.
Troupe said he is still not giving a projected reopen date but he did make one promise.
“Everyone wants to know when we’re going to open and I’m not going to give out a date yet,” Troupe said. “But I’m not going to get a hair cut until the restaurant is done.”
Barry Mask, executive director of ECEDA, said he is excited about the hotel’s future.
“I’m just blown away by Mr. Troupe’s plans,” Mask, who also serves on the State House of Representatives. “We’re interested in helping facilitate anything in any way we can.
Mask said getting Hotel Talisi back in business will help all of Tallassee, especially downtown.
“This hotel is a catalyst for downtown,” Mask said. “It would allow for conferences and larger meetings. It would help reignite historic downtown Tallassee. It’s the heart of Tallassee.”
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