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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 30, 2015, Aiken, South CarolinaVol. 149, no. 89 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 monday March 30, 2015 75? Aikens new look downtown hotel project Calendar .3c classifieds. 6b crossword .5c comics .4c dear Abby .5c editorials. 11a Horoscope .5c living on the go .1c lottery. 3a movies .3c sports. 1b television .2c Chance of rain. High 67. Low 45. Complete 5-Day forecast 8c general offices .803-648-2311 newsroom .803-644-2401 Index Contact us Agustin c. Duran Aiken Elizabeth Upson Culbreath Aiken George Herrin Ridge Spring Richard James Dabolt Aiken deaths and funerals 6a area deaths weather by Colleen Welch it has been known As the Holley House hol Ley inn the Polo tavern or just the Holley. Whatever it has been called hotel Aiken has a Rich history that reaches Back More than 100 years when it was originally named the com Mercial hotel. An Early history built by Henry Hahn in 1898, commercial hotels original guests were Northern tourists and salesmen according to tally Johnson the author of ghosts of the South Carolina mid lands. It also was frequented by the Mem Bers of Aikens elite Winter Colony wealthy northerners who would travel to Aiken Dur ing the cold seasons in search of Snow less Polo Fields. In the Early 1900s, the hotel housed the office and drugstore of or. Charles c. John son the second african american doctor in Aiken. The offices were located where the outdoor rooms of hotel Aiken stand today according to Allen rid Dicks Book memories of growing up and living in Aiken South Carolina. In 1915, Johnson moved his office and drugstore to what is now the dining area of the hotel. Even the Aiken Standard has Early ties to hotel Aiken. The 100 Laurens portion of the building now Cork & bean used to be the site of Aiken standards news department. Hotel Aiken also has been the Host to some monumental announcements of Aiken land Marks. One in particular according to former Aiken Standard publisher Scott Hunter was the announcement of a new housing development and Golf course hounds Lake. I was told one Day to Wear a tie that we would be going to the commercial to eat Steak and there would be an announcement of a new housing development with a Golf course Hunter said. The significance was that the City of Aiken did not yet have a combined Golf course coun try club housing development he said. The hotel also has played Host to some famous names two notables being Bing Crosby and George Bush according to a March 2014 article in Bella Magazine. Throughout its Early history hotel Aiken went through several names and owners. In 1929, commercial hotel became the Holley House when the Holley family acquired the landmark hotel. The Holley family the Holley family has extensive ties to the City of Aiken. The Holley House was not the Only piece of Aiken the family owned or oper ated. In addition to the hotel the family owns or has owned several farms in the area hol Ley motor co. And Holley heating and air conditioning among others. The family also owned Holley Dairy co., which was located where the Aiken mall now stands and Holley hardware co., which still stands on Laurens Street today. Hotel Aiken has deep Community ties by Teddy Kulmala state rep. Don Wells Raiken has begun making payments on the loan he took out from convicted swindler Jay Brooks according to the . Depart ment of probation parole and Pardon services. Wells has made five payments of $500 on the $50,000 loan since dec. 19, according to Peter Oboyle a spokesman for probation and parole. The payments Are being divvied out to Brooks victims As they Are made. Are paying out restitution to Vic Tims now based on the amount of the loss Oboyle said. Normally we like to wait until at least $20 accumulates in a victims account before mailing out a Check. But in some cases we go ahead and Send a Check for lesser amounts if an extended period of time goes by. Wells could not be reached for com ment for this Story and messages left for him were not returned. The loan came to Light in september when Brooks pleaded guilty to three counts of securities fraud and two counts of forgery. Prosecutors revealed during Brooks plea hearing that they uncovered a promissory note from Wells for a $50,000 loan. Wells said during an interview in october that he borrowed the Money from Brooks in october 2012 after his Busi Ness Park Avenue paints fell on hard times. He said he made two or three payments on it before March 2013, when the securities division of the attorney generals office filed a complaint against Brooks and placed a temporary restrain ing order freezing Brooks assets. Official Wells is making payments on Brooks loan Wells please see Wells Page 10a revitalization project a dream for years by Maayan Schechter interim City manager Roger Leduc at first thought the chances of revitalizing hotel Aiken and adding a Public parking garage would be slim. When local hotel owner Neel Shah and i first started talking about it it was just kind of a dream Leduc said. thought that would be really great. Three to four months later after beginning discussions with Shah in december plans Are in place to bring one of the largest Public private partnerships to the City of Aiken. City staff alongside Shah confirmed in a City Council work ses Sion last week Shah is plans to gut and Reno vate hotel Aiken 235 Richland ave. W., which is currently owned by his father and possibly turn the old hotel into a Marriott. City staff looked at similar construction in other areas around South Carolina which included the project Jackson expansion in North Augusta Summerville Myrtle Beach Anderson and Sumter. Were excited about this revitalization in downtown Aiken and were looking Forward to making it happen Shah told the Aiken Standard. Hotel Aiken was built in 1898 and was last renovated in 2011, according to the hotels website. If proposed conceptual renderings go Forward the 65-room hotel would expand to 80-85 rooms. Renderings were provided to the Aiken Standard of what the hotel will look like after its revitalization. Hotel Aikens main building will stay at three floors despite earlier reports and a six floor addition will be constructed on the hotels Newberry Street Side which includes Queen and King size rooms a dining area and possible exercise room on the Bottom floor. The hotels addition will include a Walkway from the addition to the main hotel. Please see dream Page 10a please see ties Page 10a Leduc us women earn first final four placement sports 1b

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