Construction starts next month on extended stay hotel after late start

Mason-based Crestpoint Companies has obtained the necessary property easements and building permits to build the Home2 Suites Hilton, a process that took longer than expected, said Crestpoint’s President and Chief Executive Officer Kal Patel.

When plans to build the four-story hotel were announced last year, Patel said intentions were to start construction work by the end of 2014 and open this year. Now, the opening is slated for sometime next year, or 10 to 12 months after the $9 million construction project starts, Patel said.

“We were trying to break ground end of the year, but then we had to get a couple easements and things like that resolved,” he said.

The four-story, 92-suite hotel will be built on Liberty Centre Drive, a roadway off Cincinnati-Dayton Road. Crestpoint Companies will build and manage it.

Thanks to dual expansion projects at the nearby Cincinnati Children’s Liberty Campus, and corporate office tenants at the nearby $350 million Liberty Center development, Patel said he expects customer demand to still be just as strong next year when the suites open. The average length of stay is three to seven days, he said.

Cincinnati Children’s is spending more than $160 million to add a fourth floor and a proton therapy and research center for cancer treatment at its Liberty Twp. pediatric hospital.

Construction is underway on the mega retail project Liberty Center. Set to open this October, the complex, at the intersection of Ohio 129, Interstate 75 and Liberty Way in Liberty Twp., will include a mix of retail, dining and entertainment options as well as its own 130-bed hotel, AC Hotels by Marriott.

“We’ve spoken with the folks at Liberty Twp. They indicated they would like to have us open as soon as possible due to the demand,” Patel said. “It will just get better.”

The Journal-News reported last August that retail development and tourist draws along the Interstate 75 corridor was feeding a hotel building boom, and at least six hotels carrying more than 700 beds were in various stages of construction. That list included Home2 Suites.

The list has grown to include a new hotel in the works at Miami Twp.’s Austin Landing development. There, S & S Management and Hospitality is proposing to build an Extended Stay Residence Inn for approximately $12 million.

Also helping spark new hotel construction along the Interstate 75 corridor is the construction of a 150,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops in West Chester Twp. near Union Centre Boulevard, as well as a 75,143-square-foot Cabela’s along Liberty Way. Add to those, ongoing lease negotiations for the second phase of The Streets of West Chester, which is projected to add 200,000-square-feet of retail and dining floor space to existing shopping options such as Barnes & Noble.

Additionally, last year, 22 multipurpose, natural grass athletic fields opened at West Chester Twp.’s Voice of America Park.

Of the three new hotels slated for West Chester Twp., the 125-room Hilton Garden Inn on Schulze Drive has since opened last year. Centre Park of West Chester, which includes a Holiday Inn and banquet center, is planning a September 2015 opening, according to its Facebook page.