DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) — A hotel with a rooftop restaurant and bar is coming to downtown Dayton, and it’s all a part of the redevelopment of Mendelsons.
Since 2010, there’s been over $1.5 billion worth of investments made in downtown.
“I would have never imagined that it would have come so soon,” said Sandy Gudorf, president of Downtown Dayton Partnership.
Now even more money is being spent there.
Crawford Hoying, the developer behind Fairfield Inn and Suites, Delco lofts and Water Street Apartments and Flats, is constructing an AC Marriot Hotel in the Water Street District.
It will be located right across from the Dayton Dragon’s stadium.
“We’re just really excited about it,” said Bob Hoying. “We feel like it’s going to add a different aspect to the district and provide amenities that don’t exist currently down there.”
Our partners at the Dayton Business Journal said the hotel will have 134 rooms and a 6,100-square-foot rooftop restaurant and bar with indoor and outdoor patios.
“We really feel this will compliment all the restaurants that have opened,” said Hoying.
Gudorf said adding a new hotel is another step in the right direction.
“Most of our hotels’ occupancy rates seem to stay very high,” said Gudorf.
Gudorf said bringing more people to the area benefits surrounding businesses.
“They shop, they eat, they visit our brewpubs, they catch shows at the Schuster Center and other things,” Gudorf said. “It’s just an all-around win for everyone.”
The new hotel will be built across from the 550-thousand square foot Mendelsons building.
Hoying said that structure will be redevelopment not demolished.
“There’s so much character there, and we’re so excited to renovate this larger building,” Hoying said.
Sandy Mendelson, who has owned the building for 40 years, said that’s one of the reasons he sold it to Crawford Hoying. He knew they would keep its historical value.
Mendelson is glad to see a hotel will take the place of one of his buildings.
“People want to come downtown, and they need to be able to stay downtown.”
Crawford Hoying expects work to begin on the new hotel in the next month or two.
As for the massive eight-story Mendelson building, Hoying said they still plan on turning it into a mixed-used building for office spaces, retail and restaurants.