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New Owners Plan to Breathe Life into Vacant Hotel

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EASTON, Md. - New ownership for a hotel that sat vacant for over two years on Route 50 in Talbot County means new life and new opportunities.

Talbot County Economic Development Director Paige Bethke said that using the building as a hotel could create more than 50 jobs.

"Obviously any work is good work and so the construction jobs and the jobs in the hotel will provide for entry-level jobs for a number of people in our region," Bethke said.

With broken windows and a parking lot full of grass, some people say they are happy to see anything put there because the building was an eyesore.

"If someone wants to buy it and put that kind of money into it, they've done the research and the government is not involved and an individual wants to make it into a hotel or roller rink, I don't care," said Steve Wheeler of Easton.

"To see an indication of an economic turn-around, to see an indication that somebody can resolve those issues and go on with the project to do something worthwhile with it, is something I favor," said Herbert Branch, also of Easton.

But Michelle McLarty disagrees and would have liked the building to be used for something other than a hotel.

"I am not sure if there is a big need for another hotel," she said., "I think maybe they could utilize it in some other capacity other than a hotel."  

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