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Working on the Hotel Talisi in 2010

Open forum on Hotel Talisi held

Staff Report

Last week's Tallassee City Council meeting included a public hearing regarding the future of the Hotel Talisi. The downtown structure, built in 1928, has been added to the list of "Places in Peril" by the Alabama Historical Commission.

The council recently condemned the building for safety issues. Hotel Talisi owner Wylie Troupe has requested bids on making repairs.

"We heard from Wylie," Tallassee mayor Johnny Hammock said. "What the council has decided to do is let him get his final bids in. He has to start work by June 10 to make it structurally safe with the roof and the wall.

"Apparently, he has some people interested in it. I've got a steak and seafood house that's interested in coming to Tallassee. I'm going to show them the downtown area. I'm not sure they'll be interested in putting that much money into that building. I'm showing some empty storefronts there and other places as well."

Hammock will be reporting to the city council regularly on the progress.

"Our ordinance is unsafe structures, even though something may be unpleasing to the eye. We're hoping Mr. Troupe steps up, so it doesn't hurt someone. We're going to hold him to it. The safety of the citizens of Tallassee is our number one priority."