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Could a Hotel Work in Downtown Lakewood? City Wants to Know

City hall issues a request for proposals for a feasibility study.

Lakewood is looking into whether it could attract a . 

But first, city officials want to know if it could work.

issued a request for proposals on Tuesday that would “invite qualified consultants to gather data, analyze and develop a feasibility study to evaluate the community’s potential for further development in the hotel and leisure industry.”

“We’re hopeful we’re going to find a great consultant and do a financial analysis that will give us a bevy of good information, and a better understanding of Lakewood,” said Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development.

“There’s been a lot of discussion anecdotally about the need for a new hotel in the center of the city. Instead of guessing, we need to do a hard-line analysis.”

The following was included in the city’s request for proposals:

In addition to traditional drivers of occupancy, such as business travel during the week we would be interested in the impact of non-traditional sources:

  • weddings
  • funerals
  • family visiting relatives at the hospital or senior care facilities
  • youth sports tournaments
  • events at our Civic Theater
  • the trend towards staycations and quaint getaways over bustling tourist traps
  • and the return to walkable, authentic communities

The deadline for submissions is Sept. 17.

Last month, city council unanimously OK’d spending $7,000 — from the city’s economic development fund — on a feasibility study.

Ward 3 city councilman Shawn Juris, who first pitched the idea to council in April, has been active on a committee that's been looking into the proposal for a few months.

The group talked about capitalizing on some of the development in downtown Cleveland — think casino and Medical Mart — as well as the development along Detroit Avenue in Lakewood.

“From the feasibility study, but also without any preconceived ideas, I would expect that an operator could come in and convert office spaces,” he said last month, adding that could be a potential location.

“But it may not be that simple.”

Some of the early feedback suggested that a hotel off of Interstate 90 would make the most sense.

But the study would specifically seek the feasibility of a boutique hotel. "We would also be interested in data related to a banquet facility or a bed and breakfast operation," according to the request for proposals.

“Nothing is off the drawing board,” Juris said last month. “Everything is on the table right now.”

Steve August 22, 2012 at 09:32 PM
@Brandon, How about building something in the Metro-Parks, by us as it is totally underutilized. But not in Lakewood itself, that would be a no brainer with 7grand saved.
bill August 23, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Haven't lived in this city for too long, but "where the heck will they put it" was my first question too. this 'boutique' hotel business could work for me, but my fear with that would be it would end up too kitschy.
Marilyn Casey August 25, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Have you ever stayed at one of Lakewood's "hotels." My son, who's pretty liberal about where he must sleep told me he'd rather sleep in the park than one of these pest holes.
Robert Horrocks August 25, 2012 at 09:34 PM
@Steve: No more buildings in the Metro-Parks! ... @Brandon- aren't Lakewood residents called Lakewooders?
Brandon Scullion August 30, 2012 at 03:53 PM
@ Robert. NO! It's Lakewoodians or Lakewoodites. Period, end of story ;)

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