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Sharonville Wants Bids for New Upscale Hotel

SHARONVILLE, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- City officials in Sharonville are soliciting bids for a new, upscale hotel to be built next to the city's convention center. The project is part of an effort to revitalize Chester Rd. dubbed the Northern Lights District.
"We've been very, very busy which is great. I think customers have been very impressed with the facility," said Jim Downton, the executive director of the Sharonville Convention Center.

The convention center underwent a $25 million renovation and reopened in April 2012. The convention center has 65,000 square feet of convention space. Downton says business is up 35% this year.
"We've seen an increased demand on hotel rooms and projects and people want a hotel that's close, convenient and easily accessible to the convention center," said Chris Xeil Lyons, Sharonville's director of Economic Development.

Lyons said the convention center is bringing more people to the area and a $130 million construction project at neighboring Princeton Schools will bring more traffic. It includes a new middle and high school, an 1,100 seat performing arts center and a 2,500 seat sports arena. Lyons said youth and college sporting events are already being booked at the facility along with concerts.

Lyons said the city will listen to pitches from developers who may have ideas about projects for city-owned lots across the street from the convention center on Chester Rd.
"We've been looking to do the revitalization of Chester Rd. for many years. And this just gives us an opportunity to kind of ramp up everything."
Lyons would like to add restaurants, retail and possibly medical office buildings.
"It's going to help my job in economic development because I'm going to be able to attract stronger companies who want a little bit more variety and kind of a full-service city," Lyons said.
Developers proposals will be accepted until October 31. Construction of a new hotel would be complete by early 2015.



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