Full service hotel seeks land purchase

By Greg Smart - gsmart@civitasmedia.com

HUBER HEIGHTS — Monday night, the Huber Heights City Council voted 6-0 to authorized the city manager to negotiate and enter into a Real Estate Purchase Agreement for the sale of a portion of Lot 5 of the Music Center at The Heights for a purchase price of $300,000 per acre for up to two acres and to execute any and all documents necessary to consummate the subsequent sale of Lot 5 for the purpose of developing and constructing a full service hotel. This is part of a six acre parcel next to the Rose Music Center which the city has been marketing.

In a memo from City Manager Rob Schommer to Council, he indicated that at this time, the developer does not want to be disclosed, as the developer is in final stages of getting agreements with the hotel flag company, which includes the ability to acquire the prime site. In addition, full development details of the hotel are not yet public until such time as the developer submits plans.

“I couldn’t be happier,” Schommer told the Courier concerning this potential project. “It’s really directly on the schedule that we projected. We had a successful first year of the Music Center, saw over 60,000 people there. We continue to get calls today about interest in sites because they see the value of the land — the interest that our economic catalyst has provided. And, as we expected, once things start to go in motion there, it’s going to be hard to stop it. I think we’re going to be limited only by the amount of land available.”

Schommer told the Courier he hopes to have a signed agreement within the next 30 days.

Council heard the first reading of a resolution authorizing the renewal of a contract to provide public safety communication dispatch services to the city of Riverside. This partnership began in 2011. In a memo to Council, Schommer said that during the first term of the current agreement, Riverside was very satisfied with the partnership and service provided, as it has offered them substantial cost savings through this regional shared services approach.

Council will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23.

By Greg Smart


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