St. James rehab may lead the way

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 11, 2008

The issue: The St. James&8217; revitalization might be the key to a trend.

Our position: Such a trend would be good for all of us.

One of the shining stars on the Alabama River rests right here in Selma. It&8217;s called the Hotel St. James.

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Recently the old building has undergone a facelift on the outside and a massive rehaul on the inside. It&8217;s almost ready for a grand opening, according to manager Bill Ezell.

We&8217;re looking forward to it.

Last week a small group sampled some of the deliacacies from the St. James kitchen &8212; goodies all of us will enjoy eventually.

As important as the St. James is to weary travelers and the hungry folks wanting to rest a little as well, it is more important to the well-being of Selma.

This city&8217;s downtown is rich in beautiful architecture and buildings with stories behind them &8212; so many stories they could fill a book.

The success of the St. James is indicative of the future that awaits all of Selma&8217;s downtown. As it draws more people to our shops and restaurants, perhaps others will join the merchants who have initialized this renewal.

Those of us to live and work downtown applaud Ezell and the St. James for its rebirth and for leading the way for others to do the same.