By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 6, 2018
THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- The Thomasville Payroll Development Authority is preparing to make a big decision Friday.
It involves a fresh start to the old Roses property at the corner of Remington Avenue and Dawson Street.
"This is an important lot to our community. We've had a lot of engaged citizens because of that. It's one of the last empty lots in our downtown, so it's very important we get it right," said Shelley Zorn, Executive Director of Economic Development.
Friday, the PDA is deciding who will develop a new hotel on the vacant lot.
"There's not a good option or a bad option. Either way it will be a great support for the downtown," said Zorn.
One option is a hotel with Southern Lodging LLC. The other is a boutique hotel with Pineywoods LLC. Both are looking to add multi-use areas.
Downtown shops say they're happy with both options because it means the city's first hotel within walking distance of their businesses.
"If you're trying to find a place to eat and driving around or can't find a place to park, you can just walk," said Ben Golden, co-owner of Savannah Moon Bakery for 17 years.
He says the hotel is in a perfect spot because every street is lined with local businesses.
"One of the things I've been looking forward to is seeing a Thomasville downtown area where people get out and walk around," said Golden.
"I think they know better than anyone that we need this downtown hotel," said Zorn.
The city says tourism alone is brings a $71 million impact.
Depending on the developer the PDA chooses, construction could start as early as the end of this year.