From the Paris Post Intelligencer 4/18/2018:
Henry County Mayor Brent Greer urged members of the County Commission Monday to attend this week’s public hearing on the business plans for Paris Landing State Park Inn, which is set to be torn down beginning in August and replaced with a new inn in 24-36 months.
The hearing is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday at the inn at PLSP. Greer said state officials will give a presentation on the $26 million project during the hearing.
“I’m looking forward to seeing some plans (blueprints) for the finished product. I’ve never seen any final plans yet,” Greer said.
The inn accounts for about 35 percent of all the hotel-motel tax money that the county receives, and Greer has estimated that the county will lose between $500,000 and $750,000 in tax revenues (both the hotel-motel tax and sales tax) during the time there is no inn.
During the citizens’ comment portion of Monday’s meeting, Richard Carl and Bruce Griffey both spoke in favor of the county adopting a resolution urging the state to delay demolition of the current inn, at least until a new governor is elected in November and is able to establish whatever plans a new administration might have for the park.
Both Carl and Griffey are running for state representative from the 75th District this year.
“We encouraged the state to have this public hearing (Thursday),” Greer said. “This process is going to be a very challenging thing for Henry County and I think our citizens need to see the plans.”