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Editor's Column: Reviving Mayor Shaw’s hangout, the Ellen Dean

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Parcel by parcel, downtown Lancaster is coming back to life

By Brian Melton

We learned this week that an investment group plans to buy White Street’s old Ellen Dean Hotel and rehabilitate it for some new purpose.
Hallelujah! For us and for the family of the late Mayor Joe Shaw. The Ellen Dean was his home base for many decades, and Charlotte and Joe Jr. have been trying to sell it since he died in 2015.
And on today’s front page, we’re breaking the news that the vacant Kimbrell’s building a block away on Main Street has been sold.


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