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SELMA, AL (WSFA) -
Selma city officials are going in a different direction with the St. James Hotel.
Mayor George Evans is relieved that Strand Management of North Carolina is expected to sign a contract with the city to take over the day-to-day operations of the old hotel.
"I am really happy about this and I cannot wait to get started,' said Evans.
The city of Selma owns the hotel and up until now it's been a major headache.
A Georgia real estate management company broke its contract six weeks into a 5-year deal with Selma about a year ago. Since then the administration has had to rely on city employees and volunteers to keep it running.
The contract calls for Selma to pay Strand Management $4,000 a month. That $4,000 will come out of the $75,000 city leaders are giving to help balance the hotel's budget until the current fiscal year ends on the last day of September.
Sometime between now and October, Strand is expected to come up with a hard figure on what repairs are needed for St. James. The mayor expects it to be costly.
"I have no doubt it will be in the six figures, at least $100,000. Repairs have not been done in awhile," Evans said.
The contract with Strand is a one-year deal with the option to renew. After, the mayor says the city may decide to sell St. James.
Mayor Evans anticipates Strand Management signing the contract by June 15 with the company taking over within 30 days after the signing.