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Renderings Released for 28-Story Downtown Hilton Hotel

Walker Evans Walker Evans Renderings Released for 28-Story Downtown Hilton Hotel

One of the biggest (literally) development announcements in 2018 was the news that the Greater Columbus Convention Center would expand its hotel footprint with a 22-story tower to be managed by Hilton. Last week, it was revealed that the building would be growing taller to 28 floors as the first renderings were unveiled by Atlanta-based architectural […]

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New Concept Revealed for 26-Story Convention Center Hotel

Brent Warren Brent Warren New Concept Revealed for 26-Story Convention Center Hotel

The latest plans for a new hotel attached to the Greater Columbus Convention Center were presented yesterday to the development committee of the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority. The new hotel will technically be an addition to the existing Hilton Downtown Columbus, located across North High Street from the convention center. The two buildings together […]

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New 22-Story Convention Center Hotel Proposed Downtown

Walker Evans Walker Evans New 22-Story Convention Center Hotel Proposed Downtown

It’s no secret that the leadership at the Greater Columbus Convention Center have been wanting more hotel rooms for the past decade. An official recommendation for a 1,000-room hotel was proposed in 2015, just three years after the completion of the 532-room Hilton across High Street. Last May, Experience Columbus identified multiple sites around the Convention […]

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Plans for New Convention Center Garage Moving Forward

Brent Warren Brent Warren Plans for New Convention Center Garage Moving Forward

Plans for a new parking garage behind the Greater Columbus Convention Center are moving forward. The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority (FCCFA) has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for the design of the garage, and will soon issue a second RFQ for firms interested in managing its construction. The FCCFA board authorized those steps […]

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Columbus Hotel Occupancy Rates Rise, New 1000-Room Hotel Recommended

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Hotel Occupancy Rates Rise, New 1000-Room Hotel Recommended

Columbus isn’t typically regarded as a tourist destination, but that isn’t stopping our visitor numbers from growing steadily. Experience Columbus released a new report today that says that visitor volume grew by 200,000 people between 2013 and 2014 to a total of 37.9 million last year. Additionally, between mid-year 2014 and 2015, hotel occupancy rates […]

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Convention Center to Expand, But Abandons Mixed-Use Concepts

Brent Warren Brent Warren Convention Center to Expand, But Abandons Mixed-Use Concepts

The convention center will be getting a $125-million makeover, but that money will mostly be spent on improvements to the interior of the building. Plans for a large mixed-use development at the corner of Goodale and High Street have been abandoned. The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority, which earlier this year considered a number of large-scale proposals […]

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Modern Towers Proposed for Convention Center Expansion Project

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Multiple companies have answered the call for new development on the north side of the Convention Center, including Wagenbrenner, Pizzuti and Starwood Hotels. A collaborative proposal has also been submitted from Daimler, Kaufman and Continental, which include two 12-to-15 story towers that would house a hotel, new residences, retail and office tenants. “It’s all pretty […]

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