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Patterson Building

City to sell properties

By Michael Butler

The Tallassee City Council accepted bids for the acquisition of two city-owned properties at the Nov. 27 council meeting.

A high bid of $217,000 by Noah Griggs Jr. for Seven Gales at 650 Gilmer Avenue has been approved. A bid of 40,000 by Haley and Dylan Daniel for the Patterson Building at 101 North Ann Avenue also passed.

The Patterson Building which housed Sizemore and Sizemore prior to the industy's relocation to the Tallassee Industrial Park, was purchased by the city to serve as a jail. Those plans never materialized.

"Haley and I have a lot of vision for Tallassee and bringing life back into the city, kind of getting rid of that mill mentality and poverty spirit that's over this region," Dylan Daniel said. "One good way of that happening is putting lights on in these abandoned buildings, one business at a time."

That vision includes a new business venture inside the walls of the 16,000 square foot building.

"We're going to have a coffee shop, fitness studio and I do car restoration work. That's going to be in there as well, maybe some office space available in the future," he added.

Haley Daniel spoke of the name for the business.

"Restoration 49," she said, "because it's all about restoration; restoring the soul with good coffee and company, restoring the body with healthy smoothies and fun fitness, and restoring classic cars with quality workmanship."

Seven Gables

Seven Gables, also known as the Blount House was built in 1939. In addition, it was the home of former chief justice Ernest "Sonny" Hornsby. It was formerly the headquarters for the Tallassee Chamber of Commerce and has been utilized as an event venue.

Griggs, who owns 1220 Café in Tallassee, says that he and his wife Pam will reside at Seven Gables.

"It is a beautiful property," Griggs said. "There is a tremendous amount of work that is needed. This is not a real estate investment we've made. It's an investment in Tallassee."

Griggs stated that a good bit more will need to be invested for improvements.

"We will be in the ballpark of $650,000 or $700,000 to bring this back to its historic state."

Hosting events such as weddings and receptions will continue on the property.

"With that, we hope that more people will experience Tallassee, and that will benefit everyone."

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