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Constructing a tourist destination in Lake City

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) Construction on a new hotel in the heart of Lake City is underway and project leaders hope the new addition will bring a tourism boom to the area.

A new hotel called Inn at The Crossroads is being constructed along East Main Street. Some local business owners say they believe the hotel will be beneficial to area business.

"It's going to be a place for people to stay; it's going to bring people in. There really isn't a place like that around here," said Leah Norwood.

Business owners and people working along East Main Street said the new hotel under construction will bring more opportunity to Lake City.

That's also the hope of the Lake City Partnership Council. The group owns the Inn at the Crossroads. A spokesman said the hotel will let Lake City house the tourist that come into the area for events like Artfields and the Tobacco Festival. Leaders say giving tourists a place to stay will generate more income for Lake City.

"This thing is going to employ a lot of local people and it's going to have direct impact on a lot of local families,"said Greg Moore.

While Project Leaders are unsure how many people the hotel will employ, they say the goal is to hire as many people from Lake City as possible.

Many Business owners were willing to talk about the benefits of the hotel, but a few have questions about how it's going to guarantee a tourism boom for the area. Four hotels currently surround the City of Lake City, but there are none located within city limits.

"Is this the final answer for Lake City? No. It's just one piece of the puzzle we are building here," said GregMoore.

Both City and community leaders said they're hoping to turn Lake City into a tourist destination, and the construction of the Inn at the Crossroads is just the first step to making that happen.

The Hotel is expected to have 57 rooms with two store fronts on the first floor. Crews say they expect the building to be finished early next spring.

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