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I eldued to the fact that the convention center area was in need of more hotel rooms in an earlier post. It looks like it's definitely in the planning stages.

 

Report: Add more rooms

Hotel eyed as key to boosting convention biz

Brian R. Ball, Business First

 

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Read more at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2005/10/31/story1.html

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It reminds me of Top of Troy in Troy, Michigan...with a curve.


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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I just got back from a week long stay in this hotel, and they certainly appeared to be packed and tons of adjacent activity daily.  This area is so successful that any project here would be a success.

 

It looks in the drawing that the new tower would project out towards the corner.  I know they cannot easily expand north of this because of rail lines under the street level.

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It looks in the drawing that the new tower would project out towards the corner.  I know they cannot easily expand north of this because of rail lines under the street level.

 

judging by the rendering, the new tower will be to the south, and that would make it a really slender tower.

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Wow this sure is some hottt news..

 

These past weeks have brought some great "big" project announcements for Columbus. 

Has anyone else noticed how many cranes are now visible in the downtown Columbus skyline.  Last week I counted six.  It sure is nice to see so much progress.

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Courtesy of ColDayMan

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It's definitely one big, ugly, shiny, structure. In fact, I think it's only redeeming factor is that it makes for a really cool reflection of part of the skyline.

 

It looks like the addition would be built on the turnabout on the northeast corner of the intersection of High and Nationwide, where that series of trees currently exists. Personally, I think the addition pictured in the Business First article would complement the current hotel well, while at the same time adding some modernity to the skyline. It would look great in the skyline overall, especially with Miranova on the other side of downtown. The two structures would frame the downtown area quite nicely, especially when approaching from the west.

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Wow this sure is some hottt news..

 

These past weeks have brought some great "big" project announcements for Columbus. 

Has anyone else noticed how many cranes are now visible in the downtown Columbus skyline.  Last week I counted six.  It sure is nice to see so much progress.

 

I was downtown last week for a Blue Jackets game and didn't see any cranes......where are they?  Anyone with a recent skyline shot that shows them? 

 

 

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As for those cranes.

 

- Two working on the Lazarus Building Renovation

- Construction on the Lofts at 106 at High & Long St.

- On and off doing work on the Broad & High residential/retial project

- Constructing a new retail building on the Columbus State Community College Campus (east downtown/Cleveland Ave&SpringSt.)

 

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^ sweet, now just imagine how nice the skyline would look with a 28-story building u/c at the same time as the new Nationwide building, Grange mid-rise, and new Franklin County Courthouse addition!

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Leaders thinking conventionally

Move afoot to expand hotel offerings Downtown to attract bigger events

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Marla Matzer Rose

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

Proposals being considered would involve expanding the Hyatt Regency Hotel adjoining the convention center or building an upscale hotel across High Street from the center, on land controlled by the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority.  For the past year or so, a committee led by the authority and including input from the city and private concerns has met to consider the options.

 

The group is armed with outside studies suggesting that Columbus could use and support up to 500 new full-service hotel rooms. Meeting planners often have chosen other cities because of a lack of hotel space in Columbus, reports say. One major issue confronting the group is that both proposals likely will require millions of dollars worth of public-money incentives. Experts say this follows a nationwide pattern of cities aiding pri- vate development of convention hotels as an economic-development tool.

 

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Read more at  http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2006/08/24/cooper_future.ART_ART_08-24-06_B1_GIE7OF2.html?sid=101

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Uh...the design definately leaves something to be desired, but nonetheless Cbus should take all the towers/density it can get (not trying to open a can of worms).  So please save me the typical:

 

-Cincinnatians think they're superior to everyone else

-Cincinnati isn't perfect the last time I checked

-Cbus really isn't as bad as everyone portrays it to be

-Parking is neccessary and Cbus actually doesn't have too much

.....

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You forgot:

 

-Typical UncleRando


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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Am I the only one that thinks The Hyatt is like one of the top 5 greatest high-rises in Columbus? Its actually my favorite building. It's not the tallest and most space efficient but it's a great design and its pretty unique. Besides, Columbus has plenty of room to build up in its inner core :]

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It reminds me of Top of Troy in Troy, Michigan...with a curve.

 

Obscure Architectural Reference of the Year, Nominee.

 


By the way, allow me to weigh in on how abhorrant I find the Columbus Hyatt. From my post-visit feedback to Priceline.com:

 

The Columbus Hyatt Regency is the slumbering behemoth

of downtown hotels. If you're looking to book a sci-fi

convention, tour group or key club getaway, consider

the Columbus Hyatt. Business travellers, families or

anybody on a budget, look and book elsewhere. On the

plus side, you're in the center of it all. On the

minus side, you'll pay a premium in time, trouble and

tips to experience it. While the Columbus Hyatt ranks

as a three-star hotel with Priceline, you wouldn't

know it from the sanitary conditions. Perhaps the

acrid aroma of the rooms and persistant evidence of

bodily fluids therein are a testament to the titanic

managerial difficulties of running an equally titanic

hotel. For me and my dollar, the Columbus Hyatt evokes

three little words: "Don't go there."

 

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IN BRIEF

Convention center seeks hotel proposals

Thursday, September 14, 2006

 

Proposals for a new full-service hotel connected to the Greater Columbus Convention Center will be sought before the end of the year by the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority, Executive Director William Jennison said. The authority is looking for possible competitors to two proposals, which would add about 400 rooms to the existing Hyatt Regency or back a new hotel from Dublin-based Platinum Ridge Properties near the convention center. The goal is to attract more large, highprofile events to Columbus.

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Columbus has added many hotel rooms around the Convention Center, but most of them are not upscale enough to attract high level executives and dignitaries.

 

When looking at this situation, and the loss of attendees to shows, you have to seperate conventions and trade shows. Both were affected by Sept. 11th, but while convention attendace and the number of events has almost rebounded, most of our (I work for an expo service in town) trade shows are getting smaller. Why? The Internet. People can get much of the info they need on the website and often order online. More high-quality hotel rooms in the vicinity will have a positive effect on both conventions and trade shows, but more so on conventions.

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Sounds like pretty encouraging news to me!

 

Fear of losing convention business puts downtown hotel on fast track

BRIAN R. BALL | BBALL@BIZJOURNALS.COM

March 2, 2007

 

COLUMBUS - Plans to add up to 750 hotel rooms in downtown Columbus can't come soon enough for the region's convention center and those booking conventions and shows in town.

 

With the Greater Columbus Convention Center stuck at about 60 percent occupancy, public officials have put construction of a major hotel on the fast track amid growing fear the city could begin losing some of its largest conventions.

 

 

http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/othercities/columbus/stories/2007/03/05/story16.html?b=1173070800^1426050

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Boutique hotel suggested

Talk of 155-room inn near convention center riles backers who want a full-service property

Saturday,  January 12, 2008 6:48 AM

By Mike Pramik and Marla Matzer Rose

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

A funky novelty store predating the Greater Columbus Convention Center and today's trendy Short North may play a key part in the future of both.  The owners of Yankee Trader have enlisted a real-estate broker to seek a buyer who will convert their aging brick building at 463 N. High St. into an upscale hotel.  The downside: The potential development could hurt plans for a larger, convention-style hotel being considered a block away on property controlled by the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority, local officials said this week.

 

Yankee Trader co-owner Lynette Howard said she's not planning to close the quirky store, known for Halloween costumes, rubber eyeballs and plastic rats. But she says she might move. "I would never sell the business," she said. "If the price were right, I might sell the building."

 

Read more at http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/business/stories/2008/01/12/Downtown_hotels.ART_ART_01-12-08_C10_3G91L81.html?sid=101

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500-ROOM, $160 MILLION proposal

New hotel should help attract conventions

Thursday,  March 5, 2009 - 3:38 AM

By Marla Matzer Rose and Barbara Carmen

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

After years of talk and planning, a 500-room, $160 million hotel across from the Greater Columbus Convention Center is one step closer to reality.  Officials from the county, city and the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority are prepared to announce an agreement this afternoon to finance the project on land controlled by the convention authority, directly across N. High Street from the Downtown convention center.

 

The hotel would be controlled by the convention authority, which will oversee everything from the design to negotiating a deal with a hotel chain and hiring a management company to operate it. Local political and tourism officials agree that such a hotel is long overdue.

 

Read more at http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2009/03/05/convention_hotel.ART_ART_03-05-09_A1_LBD4GI9.html?sid=101

 

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Thursday, March 5, 2009, 9:06am EST

Convention center hotel gets new life

Business First of Columbus - by Brian R. Ball

 

Plans for a second convention center hotel downtown are moving forward after two years of discussions about how to finance the $160 million, 500-room project.  The city of Columbus and Franklin County have joined with the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority on a financing plan for a publicly owned hotel across North High Street from the Greater Columbus Convention Center. If the plan is approved, the hotel could open in 2013. The project would include a $10 million, 300-slot parking garage.

 

The plan, which was set to be announced March 5, calls for the city and the facilities authority, the owner and operator of the convention center, to divert nearly $1.9 million in additional bed tax revenue that the hotel would generate to help pay off bonds. The city may also divert $1.4 million in downtown parking revenue that it had considered as a way to subsidize a High Street streetcar. The Convention Facilities Authority would commit about $1.7 million in rent it receives each year from Nationwide Arena and the Hyatt Regency hotel.

 

Read more at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2009/03/02/daily31.html

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CMH: I posted the Dispatch story on the new hotel proposal while you were posting the Business First story.  I didn't see the old topic, so I merged my new posting in with your thread.  I also changed the name to reflect the newer hotel proposal.  Thanks.

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Does the CVB currently own the Hyatt Regency as well? If not, that wouldn't really be fair to the Hyatt to plunk the revenue they provide into a competing hotel.

 

That's a good question.  According to the Auditor's website, the land under the Hyatt is owned by the City of Columbus.  However, the City of Columbus is also listed as owning the land under the old Ohio Center, the newer Convention Center and the Drury Inn hotel on E. Nationwide.  The tax mailing address for the Convention Center is the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority (FCCFA).  But the tax mailing address for the Hyatt is a Cleveland realty company. 

 

I would guess that the City and FCCFA operate to jointly develop these properties similar to the way the City and Capitol South developed the City Center property.  Typically, the public entity owns the land and the private developer owns the building.  Although there typically would be a lease agreement spelling out maintenance issues, taxes, incentives etc.

 

So as to whether this new hotel proposal is fair to the Hyatt - if would depend on the deal Hyatt got and is probably still getting.

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