The former Great Central Lumber Company may be reborn as a hotel and convention center within two years.  The Alton City Council will officially approve an agreement with a developer at its next meeting.  The city has long sought a hotel and conference center to accent the development that is already on the riverfront.

Alton Mayor Brant Walker says this is an exciting development.

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He says they are looking at a 110-room hotel with a conference center and restaurant.  The Orion Group is coming on-board, and the agreement will give them a year to secure financing and start the project. 

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