ELYRIA — The first new development to come as an offshoot of Elyria’s state Route 57 reconstruction project has been announced: a proposed 108-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel to be owned and operated by the owners of the less than two-year-old Hampton Inn and Suites nearby.
Mayor Holly Brinda said Sunrise Hospitality Inc. is planning to build the 70,000-square-foot, four-story hotel with indoor swimming pool, spa, fitness center and conference room on undeveloped property near the Hampton Inn and the Atlas Cinemas at Midway Mall.
It is a $6.6 million project, she said.
In December 2012, Sunrise Hospitality purchased at auction an 11.4-acre parcel for $290,000 near the Ohio Turnpike’s Exit 8 behind Dick’s Sporting Goods and Giant Eagle supermarket.
Sunrise Hospitality President and CEO Raj Chandat did not attend Monday’s City Council meeting.
Brinda said construction is to start in June with a grand opening in June 2016, just in time for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The national event will take place from either June 27 to June 30 or July 18 to July 21, 2016, at Quicken Loans Arena.
The convention could draw 50,000 people to Northeast Ohio.
The new hotel will be near both Interstate 90 and the Ohio Turnpike, making it about a 30-minute drive to downtown Cleveland.
“We are very excited about this project,” Brinda said during Monday’s Council meeting. “The owners of the Hampton Inn have been able to do something we should be very proud of and that is recapturing global business travel in and out of Elyria. There are a lot of international companies in Elyria. Before the Hampton Inn opened, companies deferred traveling associates east toward Cuyahoga County.”
The company also has a stake in the Homewood Suites by Hilton Hotel being built on Transportation Drive in Sheffield.
Elyria is offering several tax incentives totaling more than $1.5 million over 15 years toward the Midway Mall-area project, including a Job Creation Opportunity Incentive and a Community Reinvestment Area Tax Abatement. At least 12 full-time jobs must be created as part of the incentive package.
Brinda said the hotel is the first of three projects around the Midway Mall area because of state Route 57 improvements. Crews are removing the 49th Street bridge, alleviating confusion associated with the complicated cloverleaf on- and exit-ramp system.
“The $22 million reconfiguration of state Route 57 and the 49th Street bridge is remedying a high-crash zone, improving access to Midway Mall, area hotels and neighboring commercial properties, and opening up over 140 acres for further development,” Brinda said.
No information was available on the additional projects planned for the area.