By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia
Construction is getting underway in Lavonia on a new Hampton Inn.
Municipal, business, and civic leaders came together Monday morning to break ground on the new motel located behind J Peters Restaurant and across from the Holiday Inn Express on SR17.
OM Ventures2, LLC Developers are constructing the new Hampton Inn.
The company also owns the Holiday Inn Express.
Co-owner Ritesh Shah said the area around the 173 Exit is ripe for economic development.
“We like the location. Lavonia has been great to us and the tri-county area has been great for us,” Shah said. “We’re glad to be here and would not have done it anywhere else.”
Lavonia mayor Ralph Owens said it’s encouraging to see more new economic development.
“We’ve been anticipating this for months now and we’re happy to be at the groundbreaking today,” Owens said. “A lot of work went into this and we’re just excited about it.”
That excitement could also be seen on the face of Jay Pearson, who owns the land the Hampton Inn will be constructed on, he also has plans to put in a seven-suite office park next to J Peters and he said the remaining three acres are already prepped for a large retailer, such as a grocery store or another restaurant.
Meantime, Shah said they hope to have the new Hampton Inn open by the fall of 2014.