WESTERVILLE, OH—The City of Westerville has made an agreement with Concord Hospitality to build a full-service Marriott Renaissance hotel and conference center at Westar Place, the site formerly known as Altair Business Park.
Continental Realty/Continental Real Estate was also announced as the City’s development consultant and brokerage team for the site, a tract of 62 acres of land acquired by the city for commercial development in Westar, located east of Interstate 71 along Polaris Parkway in Westerville.
Since its purchase in May, the city has been working closely with planners, developers and economic advisors to plan for office and retail development, as well as hotel and conference space along underdeveloped portions of the Westar area. The land is situated between Cleveland Avenue and Africa Road south of Polaris Parkway, which is already home to corporate headquarters and businesses in the healthcare, technology and financial services sectors.
The centerpiece to the city’s strategic vision for this site is the proposed Renaissance hotel and conference center. Concord Hospitality, the company selected to develop and operate the hotel, expects to begin construction in 2015.
“The Westar Place project is a great example of the kind of strategically planned, well-balanced mixed-use urban development that considers the current needs of the community and the projected demands of future generations,” said Mark Laport, president and CEO of Concord Hospitality. “We started our company here in Ohio nearly 30 years ago, making us particularly pleased to be working with Marriott International toward the goal of bringing their terrific, upscale Renaissance hotel brand to Westerville. Renaissance is the right combination of a familiar brand with best-in-class traveler amenities and distinctive design that I believe will resonate well with the community and help attract businesses to this visionary town center.”
According to Laport, the eight-story hotel will feature 224 guestrooms and suites, and nearly 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting and convention space. The full-service hotel also will offer the latest in in-room dining options, as well as a three-meal restaurant. Like all Concord hotels, it will be designed to meet LEED standards.
Continental Realty/Continental Real Estate will coordinate development for Westar Place, leading the site’s marketing and sales efforts for mixed-use development.
“We are very excited to have been selected by the City of Westerville to coordinate the development of Westar Place. Continental’s entire team of real estate professionals will be engaged in the process of delivering an upscale, mixed-use development to this wonderful, strategically located site. I will be personally committed to the project and look forward to beginning the process immediately,” said Frank Kass, chairman of Continental Real Estate Companies.
Westar Place is among the most significant projects planned in the district that involved the annexation of 941 acres of land for expansion along the city’s northern commercial corridor. Development of the Westar area was funded by an approximately $30 million public infrastructure investment in the late 1990s, extending Cleveland Avenue, Polaris Parkway and County Line Road, along with the associated utilities.
“This is all part of the tradition in Westerville of establishing our vision, finding the right partners and marshaling the needed resources to undertake bold economic development initiatives,” said Westerville City Manager David Collinsworth. “Westar Place is going to be the ideal complement to the Medical Mile and we are very excited about the opportunities presented to the community with Concord’s Renaissance project.”