Williams Land Management Company to Acquire Oakland Site

Last Updated on Apr 13, 2016 at 11:11am | Tourism & Recreation

Williams Land Management Company, LLC of Moorefield, West Virginia recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding and Sales Agreement with the Garrett County Commissioners to purchase the remaining 3.62-acres of the former County Roads Garage property located along U.S. Route 219 in Oakland, adjacent to Dairy Queen and Clear Mountain Bank. The company’s principals, Sam and Kelly Williams, plan to construct a 40-room hotel and family restaurant on the site.

“We are very excited about this opportunity,” said Sam Williams. “We’ve operated several successful businesses for years in Moorefield and Romney, West Virginia.  Expanding into Maryland was the next logical step.”

In addition to the planned expansion into Oakland, the Williams own and operate the South Branch Inn in Romney and the South Branch Inn and South Branch Cinema 6 in Moorefield.

“The County has been actively seeking a developer for this piece of property. I think we found real winners with Sam and Kelly,” said Paul Edwards, Chairman of the County’s Board of Commissioners. “They’re going to make a great addition to Oakland and Garrett County!”

The Town of Oakland and the Greater Oakland Business Association were instrumental in attracting the Williams’ project to Oakland. “This is a tremendous project that really stands to complement a lot of our efforts throughout Oakland, from our downtown revitalization efforts to the growth of Garrett Regional Medical Center. This will provide another option for overnight stays for our visitors, tourists or families of our residents or hospital patients that want to be close by. We are delighted to welcome the Williams’ to our ‘Great Small Town’,” said Peggy Jamison, Mayor of Oakland.

The County, through its Department of Economic Development, has secured an Appalachian Regional Commission grant to complete construction of Penny Lane from Garrett Highway (U.S. Route 219) to Fourth Street. Storm water improvements to bring the 3.62-acre parcel out of the 100-year flood plain are also planned. Both projects will commence this spring with an expected completion date of October 2016.

Construction of the hotel is expected to commence in the spring of 2017, with construction of the restaurant to commence in 2018.