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Historic Washington Hotel to Revitalize Downtown Princess Anne

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- An historic hotel in downtown Princess Anne is in the final stages of renovations. Towns leaders are hopeful that with the reopening of the once thriving business, it will bring new energy to the downtown area.  

The Historic Washington Hotel and Restaurant sits along Main Street in downtown Princess Anne. For several years, the building has sat vacant. Through grants and other funding, renovations to the building dating back to the 1700s has been progressively underway. 

Garland Hayward, president of the Princess Anne Town Commissioners, said there have been some challenges.

"We've had some obstacles, but we've overcome most of these obstacles. When you're dealing with grants and agencies and trying to restore an old building, older building, you don't really know what you're getting in to until you actually get in to it. I think we've overcome many of these obstacles and progress is being made," Hayward said.

If progress stays on schedule, Hayward said the hotel's grand opening will be in early 2016. Tahjaa Cropper lives in the area and said the reopening will be a great boost for the area.

"I think it would be a very good thing for the community; especially for Princess Anne and downtown Princess Anne specifically. Because there's not really a lot going on with us being an agricultural community here in Princess Anne and the Eastern Shore in general. It will bring economic value and I think it will be good for the people and the town overall," Cropper said. 

Hayward said that nearly $1 million has gone into this renovation project. He said the town is working to revitalize its downtown, Main Street area and the Washington Hotel and Restaurant will be a central part of that new energy.   

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