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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.”

Hol August 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM
I cannot believe we don't have a hotel in a city with more than 50,000 residents, just minutes from downtown Cleveland and minutes from the airport. I hope it happens.
Alexandra August 22, 2012 at 12:10 PM
But where would it go is my only question? Would we have to tear down an existing structure?
Catrina J McLelland August 22, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I think a Bed and Breakfast would be a better fit for downtown Lakewood.
Renee August 22, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I am not a great fan of the hotel idea. I think of Fairview Park and the issues they have had in the past with some of their hotels/motels on Lorain Road. I am sure Lakewood would never let it get to that point (I hope) but I would definitely welcome a bed and breakfast operation much more than a hotel. I think it fits more in line with Lakewood and the community. It is more of a hometown feel and would add to the uniqueness of the bicycle initiative in this community. I am not aware of anywhere relatively close that offers this type of lodging. I think it would be a great draw. I recently came across some photos a friend took of Amsterdam (I think) and it had the exact same bicycle symbol that Lakewood has and cobblestone streets. It reminded me of our brick crosswalks. I think a bed and breakfast operation would be a great addition to the look and feel of Lakewood these days.
Brandon Scullion August 22, 2012 at 02:04 PM
If they do it they must do it right. Make it a boutique hotel. This doesn't mean super expensive, it just means it is unique and incredibly stylish. Somewhere that even Lakewoodians would like to stay for a "staycation". http://travel.nytimes.com/2010/06/20/travel/20hotels.html?_r=0pagewanted=all&
Amanda August 22, 2012 at 04:11 PM
High hopes we won't get a chain hotel. Lakewood to me is more in the style of bed and breakfasts. Imagine one of the Lake Ave. homes as an independent hotel, that says Lakewood. I also think following in the footsteps of Ohio City with a hostel would be in line with the culture of Lakewood.
AL Resident August 22, 2012 at 06:45 PM
I like the idea of a hotel for downtown Lakewood. Tear down that church that was recently declared a historical landmark and put it there. At least the property will be used for something. Better have a parking garage though. I wouldn't mind a national chain so long as it was done nicely. Trust the planning dept...I think they've done pretty well with preserving design standards in all the recent commercial developments in Lakewood.
Mark justmark August 22, 2012 at 07:00 PM
There is a Days Inn on Clifton and a Travel Lodge on Edgewater (such as they are). http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g50532-Lakewood_Ohio-Hotels.html
Susan Kaminski August 22, 2012 at 07:08 PM
How about the big empty lots on the east end of Detroit? Brandon, I agree, boutique style hotel would work. Even a Holiday Inn Express or similar. The small restaurants around would get nice breakfast business. Or what about the empty lot on Madison close to 117th where the eyesore of a rooming house was finally torn down? We have friends come in for Indians and Browns games, dont' want them staying at the motels on Clifton or Lake Ave. and something in town would be nice.
Betty August 22, 2012 at 07:16 PM
I also feel that Bed and Breakfasts or a boutique hotel is the way to go in Lakewood. Many years ago someone wanted to purchase a home on Lake avenue to turn into a B & B and the city would not change the zoning to commercial. The city really needs to look into this again, as there could be lots of potential with large homes that come up for sale. What about the mansion on Clifton and Nicholson that's been for sale for a couple years? That would make a great B& B .
Sonny Yereb August 22, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Lakewood is looking into attracting a Hotel to the city? Umm we have one. It's on Edgewater Dr. Maybe the Mayor and Council members don't get out much? Why would the spend 7grand on something that we already have? If they are looking to add more rooms for availability, Why would anyone suggest a B&B?
Steve August 22, 2012 at 09:20 PM
@Susan, most Lakewood homes have 3-5 bedrooms. My friends come into town to see the Bbowns and Indians also, but they stay with me, with their own room. Then they return the favor when I visit them, for the same reasons. The city should not be spending MY money on a what if, if you get my drift.
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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