Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority

Here’s the Latest on Amtrak’s Plans for New Ohio Service

Brent Warren Brent Warren Here’s the Latest on Amtrak’s Plans for New Ohio Service

Although there have been plenty of promising plans and initiatives through the years, Columbus remains the largest U.S. city without any fixed rail service and the second largest without Amtrak service. So, while the recent news about plans for a new train station on High Street has been greeted by some with excitement, there is still plenty […]

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Study: Amtrak Station, New Plaza Could be Added to Convention Center

Brent Warren Brent Warren Study: Amtrak Station, New Plaza Could be Added to Convention Center

Plans have been drawn up to build a train station on High Street, something that hasn’t existed in Columbus since the 1970s. Whether or not the station is actually built will depend on the fate of the latest plan to connect Ohio’s three largest cities with passenger rail. In response to some promising news on […]

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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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