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This past spring, June 2016, The South Lyon Hotel caught fire, the fire was so strong and the building was so old, and full of wood it completely destroyed the whole upper level…. and because of it, the main level had horrible water, and soot damage. Causing the building to be un salvageable. As far as using the existing foundation, The South Lyon Hotel owners decided it was best to level and build from ground on up.
The South Lyon hotel was built in 1867. The Hotel was a landmark for the South Lyon community as well as for the out of town-ers.
Facebook page update from October 10th “Hey friends, just wanted to let you know that demo will begin at the end of this week, or the beginning of next. The appropriate steps are being taken with the city, and we want to get started soon so that we can try to get walls and a roof of the new structure up before winter. Katie Wind Photography will be documenting the process, so keep checking in with our Facebook page for pics and updates. Thanks again for all of your support!”
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A note From Corry published on the Hotels Facebook page
"So, I've been avoiding sharing my thoughts and feelings on the matter thus far. I know that there is no way to possibly comment on everyone's posts individually, although I wish I could. I've finally gotten a few hours of sleep, so here it goes...
First and foremost, I don't have the words to express my gratitude for everyone's
kind words, prayers, and offers of help. Similarly, I don't have the words to
express how much this community has meant to me over the years. I've had a hard time
reading all of your posts without being reduced to tears. I've been blessed to
work under Paul Baker for a while, and Chris and Cathy have been absolutely
great to me for all of these years. Almost 15 now - I started in 2001. I have
so many memories to share, so many that to do so I feel that need to write a book,
because it will take at least a book to scratch the surface of expressing what
the Hotel has meant to my life.
Here's the thing - emotions aside, sometimes life is a bitch. Sometimes, life
("life", that is, call it God, karma, whatever) throws you a curve ball.
You can choose to watch it go by and take the strike, or you can choose to
smash it out of the park. We've all (friends, family, staff, community) been
together for a long time. You know what's gonna happen here. The South Lyon Hotel
will be back, bigger and better. I've commonly compared the Hotel to the island
on that show "Lost". It's not just a building - it's almost like the Hotel is a
living, breathing entity, that does its own thing. And it's moody! Treat it with
love and respect, and it takes care of you. Treat it with a shitty attitude, and
you will be miserable all the time. Say what you want here - I'm not trying to
convince anyone - these are just my thoughts. So, here we go - said entity goes
through changes and metamorphoses, just like many creatures, just like the Earth.
So here is the current deal - a fire. It's not the first, and probably won't be
the last. The Hotel is not going anywhere, it will merely adjust to the new
situation. We will straighten out the insurance and whatnot, and it will be
transformed into something better, just as all living things do to survive
and thrive. Just my thoughts...
Regarding the immediate future...
At this time, we are taking the appropriate steps with the appropriate legal
entities to determine the best path for the Hotel's future. Needless to say,
one way or another, we will bounce back. Words cannot express our gratitude
for the numerous kind words and support that we have received from our amazing
community. Several groups and individuals have offered assistance in the way of
fundraising for rebuilding the Hotel, as well as for our deserving staff. While
we greatly appreciate these efforts, we would like to focus our attention on
determining the best path with our insurance matters. At some point in the future,
when we feel it is the right time to begin fund raising efforts, we look forward
to involving all of our friends and neighbors in our wonderful community.
To the South Lyon Hotel Staff...
I cannot tell you how blessed I've been over the years. I've been with some of
you for over a decade. You truly are part of my family. We've shared good times,
bad times, stories, food, drinks, and essentially, our lives. This is especially
difficult now because we were really kicking ass. Whatever it is about our group
- Matt, Kamil, Ashley, everyone - it just works. We've had our issues, but we
always get through them. Look, alI can say is this - we'll be back. Chris & Cathy
& I have talked about this - It is our hope that our "family members" will utilize
their talents to satisfy their financial needs during this troubled time. As soon
as we are able bring our team back aboard the ship, we will do so. To anyone that
may have employment opportunities for our staff, please send an email to our
website so we can forward the information to our team.
While I obviously will not be around 3 or 4 nights a week to hang out and have
drinks with you all for a while, I will find a time and place for that soon. I
will temporarily miss you all for now, and I love you, South Lyon Hotel extended
I love Down town South Lyon’s Pumpkin-fest weekend! this year I captured the scarecrow contest, parade and the festivities check out my facebook albums here…
2016 Pumpkin Fest
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I just love all the doors steps and walls that South Lyon, Michigan has to offer for props and back drops:)
I traveled to Baby Collette’s house just 11 days after she was born. I visited with them and captures true in home moments.