Medina city center could see a new hotel

MEDINA – Discussions are starting around the possibility of a 99-room hotel coming to downtown Medina.

The proposed location for the unbranded hotel is 257 S Court Street and the developers are investigating the possibility of a new building.

“An unbranded hotel allows for more flexibility and leeway in design specifications, i.e. the historic district,” said Kimberly Marshall, director of economic development.

The proposal was first discussed earlier this month at the Historic Preservation Board meeting. It was not a formal application by the developer but just a discussion. The developer is currently working on their due diligence at this time.

More than 90 rooms have been proposed. The developers have a goal of 12 extended-stay rooms with kitchenettes, but that’s yet to be determined, according to Marshall.

“It will be beneficial to stabilize the businesses we have. Many companies have indicated that they would use a hotel in the city if that was an option to accommodate their guests and visitors who come to Madinah for various reasons,” Marshall said.

Jim Gerspacher is the potential developer of this project. Marshall shared that he conducted a feasibility test that determined the Medina market could support a hotel like this.

There are currently no hotels like this in the city, and according to Marshall, according to Ohio Tourism Statistics, the hotel has the potential to generate $16 million in tourism spending annually.

She explained that with the city and Main Street Medina working to make Medina a tourist destination, a hotel would help achieve this goal.

The next step in this process after the close of talks would be a formal submission to the city of Madinah for consideration by the city boards and commissions.

David H. Henry