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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 21, 2015, Aiken, South CarolinaBy Maayan Schechter a major hotel Chain will gut and revitalize hotel Aiken in one of the largest Public private partnerships in the City of Aiken. Rumours were confirmed in a City Council work session thursday night that Neel Shah the owner of several hotels on whiskey Road plans to Reno vate hotel Aiken 235 Richland ave. W., which is currently owned by his father. The hotel might be turned into a Marriott according to comments during the work session. Were excited about this revitalization in downtown Aiken and were looking Forward to making it happen Shah said. Hotel Aiken was built in 1898 and was last renovated in 2001, according to its website. The hotel is Only three floors with 68 rooms but interim City manager Roger Leduc said once it is renovated the hotel will add another floor and expand to 80 to 85 rooms. The City has rules against constructing a building higher than about 50 feet however the City is in the process of changing that Rule he said. Weave been considering increasing the height of buildings for the Down town for some time Leduc said. Basically because when the height was first stated at 50 feet thatus Back when we had a ladder truck that Only went 50 feet and now we have ladder trucks that go up to 100 feet. Regard less of the hotel weave gone to the planning commission to put a 65 to 70-foot height limit on buildings the construction project will include a Public parking deck with the Poten tial for retail space on the Bottom floor. Public private Deal Means new hotel parking deck vol. 149, no. 80 Aiken . Y o u r l o c a l n e w s s o u r c e s i n c e 1 8 6 7 75? saturday March 21, 2015 Calendar .5c classifieds. 1d crossword .4c comics .3c dear Abby .4c living on the go .1c lottery. 3a movies .5c sports. 1b television .2c partly Cloudy. High 73. Low 53. Complete 5-Day forecast 6c general offices .803-648-2311 newsroom .803-644-2401 Index Contact us Arthur Reynolds Jackson Gwendolyn Lewis Aiken James Smith Batesburg Jimmie Bryant Warrenville Lewis v. Howell sr., Burnettown deaths and funerals 6a area deaths weather checking in staff photo by Maayan Schechter the City of Aiken and Neel Shah owner of several hotels on whiskey Road will enter a Public private partner ship to revitalize hotel Aiken and to construct a Public parking deck on Richland Avenue. By Derrek Asberry the Rev. Paul Bush a snot looking for recognition when he led a March through the heart of downtown Ai Ken to the Steps of the Aiken county courthouse. He was looking to initiate a conversation on peace and equal Ity. But or. Harry Ross an Atlanta Resi Dent known nationwide for his gospel promotion and political savvy did take notice. Earlier this month Ross named Bush As the Man of the year for South Carolina an Honor handed Down by Harry Ross ministries to Only 10 people across the South each year. Pastors courage honoured see horses Fly today file staff photo by Derrek Asberry the Rev. Paul Bush right president of the concerned ministers fellow ship hugs Charles Barranco Aiken department of Public safety chief after a March through downtown Aiken in november. Bush awarded for promoting peace Justice what do you think comment on this Story at , write to opinions Aiken Standard Box 456, Aiken . 29802 or Send an email to . Leduc please see hotel Page 11a please see pastor Page 11a inside today like Aiken Standard on Facebook and share your thoughts about the changes coming to downtown Aiken. Aiken Spring steeplechase is today Gates open at 9 30 by Derrek Asberry Friday might have been her Day off but Mandy Smith was still hard at work putting up a much needed Fence at the Bottom of mental health America of Aiken count yes nurture Home staircase on Green Ville Street. Smith joined More than 200 other Savannah River nuclear solutions employees in the 19th annual project vision a Community Initia Tive for the United Way of Aiken county. Employees volunteered on 21 teams and provided facility maintenance at 12 United Way partner agencies including the organizations office on Barnwell Avenue. The program is a year round Effort that gives volunteers an Opportunity to assist Aiken count yes seniors and disabled owner occupants who cannot afford essential Home repairs. As Smith made measurements for the Fence at nurture Home she explained that sons does a Good Job of making time for employees to participate in Community opportunities. In addition to the Fence volunteers also installed a Shower at the Home. The people Here always Are so grateful for the help and it just shows that theress always an Opportunity to help someone she said. Project vision aids United Way agencies staff photo by Cindy Kubovic Krissy Ziegler left helps Mandy Smith and her son Joshua build a Fence As part of the United ways project vision Effort at nurture Home. Ziegler and Smith joined More than 200 Savannah River nuclear solutions employees who assisted at United Way agencies and Joshua used his Day off from school to help. Please see vision Page 11a photo gallery see More photos As sons workers take part in project vision toe sucking suspect facing charges again local news 2a no. 1 us Rolls past no. 16 Savannah state sports 1b More event information 2a parking map 12a Imperial cup preview 1b share photos by using as14-1252650

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