City of Sharonville to Build Convention Center Hotel
- Sep 30, 2013
The city of Sharonville recently announced plans to build a hotel adjacent to the newly expanded Sharonville Convention Center. The project is part of Sharonville’s revitalization plan, which also includes the expansion of the Northern Lights entertainment district and the $140 million Princeton School District complex.
The Hotel & Leisure Advisors completed a market feasibility study for the city in August and recommended a select-service, chain-affiliated hotel that connects to the 65,000-square-foot convention center. The project will be at least LEED Silver certified in order to complement the convention center’s designation.
The hotel will be constructed on a city-owned parcel. With easy access to both I-75 and I-275, it will help meet the demands of conventions, meetings and events at the adjacent convention center. According to Jim Downtown, executive director of the Sharonville Convention Center, the state-of-the-art center has performed better than expected during its first year of operation, but there is still room for significant growth within the sports, regional corporate, state association, convention and tradeshow event markets. “These events expect not only a first-class convention facility but a branded, anchor hotel that has direct access and is in alignment with the high quality of our center. Through our partnership with the Greater Cincinnati CVB, we have worked hard to identify a targeted list of an additional 1,300 events that currently meet within our competitive set and produce significant hotel room nights,” he said in a statement for the press.
Chris Xeil Lyons, economic development director for the city of Sharonville, explained that the Princeton School District will house the sixth-largest public school facility in Ohio and that the hotel is ”critical to satisfying the current and future demand for both the school district and convention center.”
The city of Sharonville is now looking to hire qualified developers to design, finance, construct and manage the hotel. Development partners can inspect the property proposed for the hotel on Oct. 4. Bids for the project are due on Oct. 31.
Photo credits: The City of Sharonville