Nothing has been proposed formally, but Upper Arlington's second hotel could be in the works.
Upper Arlington could be home to a second hotel if plans proceed for a Home2 Suites on West Lane Avenue.
A development group that includes Columbus-based Meyer + Associates Architecture is considering construction of a six-story, 118-room Hilton Home2 Suites that would feature a J. Liu Restaurant + Bar and retail space at 1640 W. Lane Ave., which is at the northeast corner of West Lane Avenue and Westmont Boulevard.
Members of the development team met with neighbors of the site in January. Pending the submission of formal development plans, the Upper Arlington Board of Zoning and Planning could review the proposal at its March 21 meeting.
"The ground floor has 5,000 square feet allocated for a J. Liu Restaurant and another 2,500 square feet of retail space," said Michael Forejt, a Meyers + Associates associate. "A 118-room Hilton Home2 hotel is planned for floors two through six, with a jump lobby on the ground floor."
Forejt said the northern portion of the site could have surface parking and a single-deck parking structure with space for up to 163 vehicles.
"We are looking forward to working with the city of Upper Arlington and the neighbors to develop a project that continues to add to the vitality of Lane Avenue," he said.
"In terms of schedule, we are very early in the schematic phase and still have a number of steps to get through before the schedule can be finalized."
The city's first hotel was a 109-room Homewood Suites by Hilton that opened in August 2013 at 1576 W. Lane, just east of the tentative Home2 Suites site.
Upper Arlington Senior Planning Officer Chad Gibson cautioned that the project is only in the conceptual phase; a rezoning process would follow if it is formally proposed.
"An application (for rezoning) has not even been submitted," Gibson said. "Until such time as plans are submitted, I am unable to offer anything other than general commentary."
The city placed an update of the concept on its website Feb. 3 and said that in addition to surface parking, tentative plans included a two-story parking garage on the north side of the building.
"The proposed development would require the rezoning of five residential properties along Westmont Boulevard to a planned mixed-use designation," the update stated. "Formal applications have not yet been submitted to the city, but are anticipated in advance of additional public hearings in March.
"BZAP will review the merits of the development plan application and then vote to approve or deny the request. The board will also make a recommendation to (Upper Arlington) City Council concerning the rezoning component. It is up to city council to approve or deny the rezoning application."