Tri-Village News

Visitors bureau could rev up Grandview Ave. business


Representatives from the new Destination Grandview Convention and Visitors Bureau outlined a 2013 budget of $37,301 in a report Monday, March 4, to Grandview Heights City Council.

The organization expects income to total $39,000 this year, Treasurer Greg Kidwell said.

Most of that will come from Destination Grandview's share of the bed tax at the Hyatt Place hotel at Grandview Yard, he said.

"We hope as we go forward we can build the bed-tax revenue part of the budget," Kidwell said.

Destination Grandview also will budget $3,000 in revenue from the Grandview Hop and $1,000 from the Tour de Grandview Cycling Classic.

Expected expenditures include $13,865 for staffing and administration; $9,500 for marketing the organization and the community; $6,500 for events; and $4,000 for covering meeting expenses and travel costs for conferences.

Council President Steve Reynolds, who attended the bureau's February board meeting, noted Destination Grandview is approaching its budget as council does the city's: by being conservative in its projections of revenue.

If revenue ends up being higher than anticipated, more money may be available for marketing projects, Reynolds said.

Destination Grandview board member Steve Weaver, co-owner of the Candle Lab, said Grandview has been lacking the asset of a visitors bureau -- something he appreciates in the other communities in which he operates his stores.

The Grandview Avenue corridor has the best collection of restaurants in a small area in central Ohio as well as unique retail stores, Weaver said.

"We've done a bad job as merchants of telling the story of this as a great shopping and dining destination," he said. "The CVB will fill that role. It will be the single best economic development engine for the avenue."

Also at this week's council meeting, Mayor Ray DeGraw reported lower-than-expected bids for street-improvement projects will allow the city to add three projects to the list for 2013.

The city now will be able to make improvements to Virginia Avenue from Northwest Boulevard north to the corporation line; Parkway Drive from Parkway North to Edgehill; and Elmwood Avenue from the top of the hill to Goodale Boulevard.

Alphonse Cincione also was honored during the meeting for his 30 years of service to the city's civil service commission.

Cincione served on the commission from Jan. 3, 1983, to Dec. 31, 2012, including the last 28 years as president.

DeGraw presented Cincione with a proclamation declaring March 4 as Alphonse P. Cincione Appreciation Day in Grandview.