Upper Arlington's second hotel, a 5-story TownePlace Suites by Marriott, is expected to open in September.

Work began June 2019 on the 119-room hotel on West Lane Avenue, as well as a mixed-use project that will feature condominiums, professional offices and restaurants at Lane and Westmont Boulevard.

The entire project is being developed by Dublin-based Crawford Hoying.

The hotel phase of the project is being called The Lane, and the hotel is at 1640 W. Lane Ave.

Homewood Suites by Hilton, a 109-room hotel, was the city's first, opening at 1576 W. Lane Ave. in August 2013.

"Work began on (the entire) development in June of 2019, with demolition of the previous structures on both sites," said Emma Speight, Upper Arlington community-affairs director. "Construction work for the TownePlace Suites Hotel, on the east side of Westmont Boulevard, has been in progress since July (or) August.

"At this time, 5 stories of walls and floors have been built, and significant progress has been made with utility work for both sites.

"The hotel is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020."

Nelson Yoder, principal at Crawford Hoying, said the hotel would be 70,000 square feet and contain "suite-style rooms, designed with the intention of allowing extended-stay travelers to feel at home and stay productive."

"Each suite is equipped with a full kitchen, a dedicated home office and room to relax in a separate living space," Yoder said. "Common areas of the hotel include an expansive lounge with soft seating and areas to collaborate, a high-end business center and an easy-to-access 'In A Pinch' market, open 24/7.

"Crawford Hoying has strategically designed a larger-than-prototypical, state-of-the-art fitness center that will boast expanded equipment offerings, expansive windows and high ceilings. In addition, the hotel will offer on-site parking."

The portion of the project to be called Westmont at The Lane will include eight for-sale townhomes at 1690 W. Lane Ave., as well as 133 rental units, a 395-space public parking garage, a 110-space public parking lot and an additional 32,000 square feet of office, retail and restaurant space.

"We are still actively leasing the ground-floor restaurant (and) retail space and second-floor office space," Yoder said. "Thus, we are not commenting on any potential tenants at this time."

Speight said construction on the 5-story, mixed-use building is expected to begin this month. The building and the condos are scheduled for completion in spring 2021.

To make way for the project, a commercial building at 1640-50 W. Lane Ave. was razed, along with single-family homes at 2506, 2488 and 2480 Westmont Blvd.

Three homes at 1690, 1678 and 1670 W. Lane Ave. also will go, as will homes at 2500, 2492 and 2480 Chester Road.

However, houses previously eyed for demolition at 2516 Chester Road and 2512 Westmont Blvd. will be renovated and remain single-family homes.

"The first phase of The Lane, and the second phase, Westmont at The Lane, provide an opportunity to enjoy a vibrant, urban lifestyle in the heart of Upper Arlington," Yoder said. "With Class A office space, hotels, ample parking, townhomes, apartments and upscale restaurant and retail, this mixed-use development offers an array of high-end experiences to the community."

Speight said initial revenue projections, based on hotel revenues and office-space income taxes -- assuming an average of 80% room occupation for the hotel and full office space occupation -- show a total of $452,270 annually to the city.

"This project provides a desirable mix of uses in a multi-story format, which furthers numerous master-plan objectives," Speight said. "New Class A office space will add jobs and bolster the city's income-tax base. The residential components provide alternate housing choices for residents within a vibrant, walkable area.

"The new hotel will provide a much needed service to the community while also generating additional hotel/motel tax revenues for the city -- while complementing the existing Homewood Suites hotel, which typically experiences extremely high occupancy rates."

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