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Monday, December 5, 2011 - 3:42am

Group Forms To Save Granite Hotel

A group of residents has formed to oppose plans to demolish the Granite Hotel in the northeast Georgia town of Winder.

The Gwinnett Daily Post reports the residents intend to speak out against the plans during a city council meeting Tuesday.

The hotel was built in 1899 to give newcomers a place to stay while they built homes.

City leaders say that maintaining the building has been expensive.

Mike Rice, chairman of the Winder Downtown Development Authority, said the city has spent more than $200,000 to stop the building from crumbling since it purchased the building in 2004.

Rice has said that officials aren't aware of anyone willing to spend the money required to refurbish the building.