The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority, Mayor Ginther, and Franklin County Board of Commissioners President Kevin Boyce are committed to bringing a 22-story hotel expansion to downtown Columbus.
The 1,000-room convention hotel will be an expansion of the Downtown Hilton. City leaders have long believed that the addition of this type of convention hotel could change the way the city and planners work together to bring cons here.
“In the past, Columbus’ lack of a 1,000-room convention hotel might have discouraged our associations from considering Columbus as a convention destination,” said Scott Wiley, immediate past board chair of the American Society of Association Executives. “This project is a game-changer.”
The new hotel expansion would offer 470 rooms, giving Hilton Columbus Downtown a total of
1,002 rooms. If the project earns city and county approval, a design team and construction manager will be hired. Initial design elements include it’s connection to the existing hotel by a hallway leading to the Michael B. Coleman Skybridge.
The project could break ground as early as this fall and the tower is planned to open in late 2021. The hotel is estimated to come with a $165 million price tag. Additional parking has already been announced for the convention center, including 650 spots total.