Friday, April 09, 1999

Hotel looks to classic design

I-71/Galbraith building planned

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP — The influence of architect Samuel Hannaford, who designed such buildings as Cincinnati City Hall and Music Hall, will be seen in the designof a $5 million extended stay hotel at Interstate 71 and Galbraith Road.

        Developer Jim Schiear, owner of Hannaford Suites in Newport, plans to retain much of the old feel of the 19th century architect whose local works have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

        “I think the detail designs he used will fit in perfectly with what we want to do,” Mr. Schiear said.

        Mr. Hannaford in 1902 designed Hannaford Suites, where Mr. Schiear's office is located. It had been Our Lady of Providence girls' school.

Corporate market
        Mr. Schiear said the 79-room hotel will be built on 2 acres of vacant land once designated for an exit ramp. Construction is expected to start in June.

        “It will take about nine months to complete once we get started,” Mr. Schiear said. No contractor has been chosen.

        Denis L. Back & Associates of Walnut Hills is the architecton the project.

        Mr. Schiear said the structure will be mostly brick siding and will cater to the corporate market, especially those traveling for training purposes.

        “We think we have a good location for what the hotel will cater to,” Mr. Schiear said. “We will be right in the middle of office buildings.”

Approval needed
        He said the hotel will have large suites with connecting rooms, full kitchens, exercise rooms, and large meeting rooms.

        “We will have a valet service, a swimming pool and a grocery shopping service,” Mr. Schiear said.

        A final hearing on the project was Thursday night before the township trustees.

        “The trustees will probably vote on the project next week,” said Lori Thompson, township administrator.

        She said the area is zoned for overall office planning.


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