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The Hotel Talisi

Downtown improvements coming

By Michael Butler

Tallassee mayor Johnny Hammock said improvements for the downtown district are forthcoming.

"It's almost $800,000," Hammock said of the grant that will go toward infrastructure and cosmetic work. "It's a Transportation Alternatives (TAPS) grant. There will be street lamps, planters, sidewalks."

Work could begin early in 2021.

"Look at Wetumpka and Dadeville. Towns that have a downtown and you redo them can become a focal point for commerce."

Hammock expects construction could coincide with the new mega prison being built on Rifle Range Road.

"There's going to be a lot of contractors working right down the road. To say starting in January is me being optimistic."

The Hotel Talisi's future is still up in the air. The Tallassee City Council has condemned the building.

"Wylie Troupe has hired Mike Harper as his attorney. They are filing an appeal. Personally, I don't know how you fight that when it doesn't have a roof, a wall gone and sitting there vacant for over ten years. That's not for me to decide. It's unfortunate (for) a landmark that drew so many people from so far around, but it's time to move on in my opinion."