FLORENCE, SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) The construction of a new hotel has prompted major renovations in Downtown Florence.
Hotel Florence is in the final stages of completion. The plan for the hotel, located on West Evans Street, has been in the works since 2010. Hotel Florence is a three-story building featuring a restaurant on the first floor.
Victor's Bistro will be moving into the first floor of Hotel Florence. According to Florence Downtown Development Manager Ray Reich, Victors Bistro and Hotel Florence will have a soft open at the end of the month.
"You get a hotel down here which, their activities really begin about six o'clock in the evening when people check in and you start getting that vibrancy," said Reich.
Reich said building a hotel in Downtown Florence was the perfect project to initiate change in the once-struggling downtown district. Up and down West Evans Street buildings are undergoing construction.
"Prior to the maintenance and appearance codes, there was no motivation for one person to put maintenance in their property, because they were surrounded by slum and blight," said Reich.
Several Restaurants and business will be filling the previously vacant store-front over the next 24 months. City administrators hope the renovations downtown will bring people back into the heart of the city.