The location of New Albany's newest events center has been a boon for business, according to its management.

The owners of Brookshire events venues in Delaware and Hilliard opened the Estate at New Albany, a 14,000-square-foot facility for weddings and social and corporate events, in December at 5216 Forest Drive, off U.S. Route 62.

New Albany has only one other major events venue for rent within city limits: Noah's Event Venue on East Main Street, which opened in 2016. A few others, such as Jorgensen Farms, are nearby, but the city has had few options since Winding Hollow Golf and Events Center on Babbitt Road in Plain Township closed at the beginning of 2015, leaving several community organizations without a venue for large events.

Brookshire decided the northeast quadrant of central Ohio was the best market opportunity for a third events venue, said Brookshire partner John Brooks. The combination of community and business support in New Albany made the city an ideal location, he said.

The venue is on 5 acres and represents a $5 million project investment, Brooks said. As many as 30 full- and part-time jobs were created for the Estate.

National businesses with a local presence -- downtown Columbus, for example -- are booking events at the Estate, Brooks said, because the site is secluded yet easily accessible from the freeway.

The property's proximity to hotels also is convenient for out-of-town guests or travelers, he said.

Since the venue opened, Discover, EMH&T and M/I Homes have hosted events at the Estate, Brooks said.

"Since we've been open, we've seen strong support from the business community," Brooks said.

The Estate even has shown a stronger combination of weddings, nonprofit fundraisers and business events than the company's Delaware and Hilliard venues, he said.

It also has had a strong draw for social and philanthropic events, Brooks said.

This year, for example, the new venue will host all events for nonprofit group Canine Companions for Independence, which has a New Albany facility.

Cherie Nelson, executive director for the New Albany Chamber of Commerce, said the Estate provides an alternative option for events in the city.

She said she appreciates that the facility provides on-site catering and that Brooks and his family have a strong reputation as a longtime central Ohio business.

"They really want to be a part of the community," she said.

The chamber is expected to begin using the Estate for its own events this year, Nelson said.

"It's an impressive facility," she said.

For more information about the facility, including rental information, go to theestatenewalbany.biz.

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