Second hotel appears to be a go

A committee of Oconee County Council meets next week to continue discussions on allowing private developers to take over the old courthouse and build a 55-room hotel. John Powell confirmed to 96.3/WGOG NEWS today that he and his partner asked for another meeting of the county’s real estate, facilities and land management committee. Powell is optimistic, including being confident that by meeting with both the city of Walhalla and St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, the questions about parking availability can be resolved. Both before and after last week’s announcement that another developer will build a Hampton Inn and Suites in Seneca, 96.3/WGOG NEWS received questions about the status of the idea to make the old courthouse a hotel. Those questions are to be addressed once again during the county committee’s meeting, at 5 o’clock Tuesday, October 2.