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Fate of historic downtown Dahlonega buildings to be decided soon
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The Parks, left, and Butler buildings stand in Dahlonega on Monday. The two structures are at the center of a debate over historic preservation in the Gold City, as the buildings' owner wants to tear them down and build a three-story hotel. - photo by Nick Bowman
The fate of the Parks and Butler buildings in Dahlonega is coming closer to being decided. The pair of buildings have been a source of attention in Dahlonega for the past couple of years, as owner Roberta Green Garrett hopes to replace them with a three-story hotel on East Main Street — a move opposed by Dahlonega residents operating under the banner of Preserve Historic Dahlonega. A banner of a different sort deepened the controversy surrounding the hotel project earlier this year, when a sign was hoisted on the front of the Parks building claiming it was a former meeting site of the Ku Klux Klan.