Revamped hotel adds to Chester Rd. revitalization

Revamped hotel adds to Chester Rd. revitalization (WKRC)

SHARONVILLE, Ohio (WKRC) - A hotel that had some problems in the past is now under new ownership and is a part of the effort to revitalize the Northern Lights District along Chester Rd.

Jay Bedi bought the old Coco Key Water Resort and is turning it into a Ramada Plaza. The water park will be renamed Splash Cincinnati. He plans to convert the roof into a rooftop lounge. He's also revamping the water park and making other improvements.

"This property right here is a good property, it's an excellent location. It just needs somebody to take it and to take care of it," Bedi said.

The Ramada Plaza is across the street from the Sharonville Convention Center which attracts visitors year-round. City officials have been working to revitalize the Chester Rd. corridor for a few years. The convention center is the main attraction and there is space for new retail shops.

"We're looking for full service restaurants, sandwich shops, donut shops, possibly a drug store," said Sharonville economic development director Chris Xeil Lyons.

Lyons said new retail is a must since she expects more visitors in the area for conventions, and sports and arts events at the Viking Village at Princeton High School. She wants guests to be able to walk to the shops and other attractions.

Meanwhile, Bedi said he's looking forward to making his hotel one of the best in town.

"That's why whatever it takes basically. We're going to be here whatever amount of hours it takes."

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