August 1, 2014

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New hotel could be coming to Avon

AVON — A top-tier hotel is being proposed for The MarketPlace at Avon retail project.

The city’s third hotel, a 112-suite Cambria Suites Hotel, could start construction this spring. It would be the 20th location for the upscale hotel chain.

“It’s a new and upcoming member of the Choice Hotels family,” developer Stu Friedman said.

Plans for the four-story hotel are set to come before the city Planning Commission tonight, Friedman said.

“There are only 20 of these in the country,” Friedman said of the small chain, which he described as “very cool, hip properties that offer a level of service a notch above the rest.”

Cambria Suites has locations at the Akron-Canton Airport and at Polaris Fashion Center in the Columbus area.

The hotel would join businesses including an insurance agency, barber shop, day-care center, bank branch and Mitchell’s Ice Cream. The MarketPlace at Avon is immediately south of the Avon Commons shopping complex.

“We’re trying to fill in the rest of the vacant land there,” Mayor Jim Smith said. “There’s about 35 percent of the space yet to be filled in, and the hotel will take up a big spot and produce a nice income for the city.”

Smith touted the presence of another hotel in the city that will be able to house business travelers who often stay at hotels in nearby communities such as Westlake while they visit some of Avon’s businesses, such as ShurTech, Custom Culinary and North Coast Bearings.

“We want them to stay here in town,” Smith said.

With the way the city has grown, it can now offer out-of-town travelers more places to eat and shop during their business trips.

And it offers the city what Smith called “money under the pillow.”

“The city doesn’t have to expend much money in terms of services,” Smith said.

The city splits a 6 percent hotel-motel bed tax 50-50 with the county. In the case of a Fairfield Marriott hotel off Colorado Avenue, that tax amounts to more than $50,000 a year for the city.

When income and property taxes are added in, the city realizes about $200,000 a year.

“That’s pretty good for a two- to two-and-a-half-acre piece of land,” Smith said. “Hotels work very well for us.”

The city also has a Value Place Hotel on Moore Road facing Interstate 90 near state Route 611.

Assuming the hotel receives approvals, construction could begin in the spring.

The city could look to add two or three more hotels near the $93 million Richard E. Jacobs Cleveland Clinic Avon Family Health and Surgery Center off Chester Road.

“I know one hotel is looking at other places in town, and there are a couple others that have looked at Route 611,” Smith said.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.