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New hotel is coming to downtown Akron
The city's one downtown hotel may get company soon
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI


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Akron may get another new hotel -- or two or three in the coming years. City officials will announce plans tomorrow for a new hotel downtown, near the John S. Knight Convention Center.
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Earlier this year, University of Akron officials toyed with the idea of converting their Quaker Square residence hall back into a flagged hotel because it's within walking distance of the city’s convention center. Instead, they decided to shut down its remaining hotel rooms and turn them into dorm rooms.

Now, Amerimar Realty Co. wants to build at 131 South High St., the site of the former High Street Christian Church, also just yards away from the convention center. The church congregation moved last year to new digs in Green.The new hotel, which city officials call a unique, destination hotel, will collaborate with the luncheon and banquet business at Greystone Hall next door.

In April, Amerimar signed an agreement with the city of Akron to purchase Firestone’s former headquarters and campus for $5 million.

Currently, Akron has only one downtown hotel – the City Centre Hotel, formerly a Radisson. But developer Joel Testa is planning to build a boutique Marriott Courtyard in the Northside neighborhood.  And developer Stu Lichter is planning a 135-room flagged hotel at East End, the former Goodyear headquarters complex north of I-76.    

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