New hotel opens in Westerville

February 26, 2018 by  

Recently, Westerville officials and community leaders celebrated the opening of a new hotel, the Aloft Columbus Westerville.

The hotel, which offers 101 rooms, is on Heatherdown Drive, at the city’s southern gateway.

Aloft’s general manger, Robby Ryan, said the company chose the south side of Westerville for the new hotel because it is close to people driving on I-270. It is also near Otterbein University as well as the Uptown Westerville area.

The 2.6-acre site now occupied by the new Aloft was once home to an abandoned motel, which some believe gave people driving into the city from the south a poor first impression of the community. Determined to turn things around, the city partnered with Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation (COCIC) and the Westerville City Schools to acquire the site, demolish the existing structure, and reposition the property for development.

Jason Bechtold, Westerville’s economic development director, believes the $20m hotel will spur further development in the city. The work on the property did not happen by accident, but was a deliberate effort. The South State Street Improvements project made safety and infrastructure improvements, including upgrading pedestrian facilities and moving utilities underground, which added to the area’s attractiveness. Bechtold believes people will see that Westerville is committed to this area of the city.

Projects like this benefit when people know about them, so officials might consider working with a brochure printing company to create brochures showing the hotel’s amenities.