The new owners of a banquet facility at the former Red Roof Inn headquarters in Hilliard are in the final phases of renovations and upgrades of the facility.
John Brooks, a real-estate agent, and his parents, John and Joy Brooks, took ownership of the WatersEdge Event and Conference Center at 4643 Trueman Blvd. in December. The facility most recently was the Four Seasons Columbus.
The Brooks family has owned and operated Brookshire, a banquet facility in Delaware, since 2006.
"We absolutely love the location," said John Brooks, who accepted an offer to take control of the property from the land owner, Equity.
The facility was in need of upgrades, Brooks said, and the family invested about $100,000 to replace furniture, improve lighting and upgrade the exterior landscaping and kitchen.
Brooks said his market research indicated the site was a "prime location" for a high-quality banquet facility.
"At the same time, we thought it was the right time for us to expand," he said.
Brooks' mother, Joy, was a successful wedding planner, he said, and had for years listened to what brides wanted.
"From all those years of listening, she worked to develop the perfect facility at Brookshire," he said.
The 15,000-square-foot, two-story WatersEdge facility will provide the best amenities for wedding and corporate events, Brooks said.
In corporate settings, employees can work in small groups in ground-level conference rooms and have an after-hours dinner event upstairs, Brooks said.
WatersEdge has booked more than 20 weddings for 2014 and 2015, but the number of corporate events is keeping pace.
"We're seeing an increase in the number of corporations and businesses who want to plan daylong events, as well as interest from nonprofit organizations for fundraising events and other programs," Brooks said.
WatersEdge can accommodate groups as large as 300, he said.
"We want people here to have an experience of a lifetime in a beautiful facility," Brooks said. "A wedding is meant to be the most important event of a lifetime, and corporate events, the most important event of the year. Expectations are high and we want to deliver on those."
Information about WatersEdge is available online at watersedgeevents.biz.