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11.19.15
Downtown Columbus Home2 Suites caters to families and friends of patients at nearby hospitals
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The Downtown Commission has cleared the way for an extended-stay hotel on E. Main Street that will cater to families and friends of patients in nearby hospitals. The commission on Tuesday approved a certificate of appropriateness for a 104-room Home2 Suites by Hilton at 382-404 E. Main St., where a Kleen-A-Car car wash now operates.

The Downtown Commission has cleared the way for an extended-stay hotel on E. Main Street that will cater to families and friends of patients in nearby hospitals.

The commission on Tuesday approved a certificate of appropriateness for a 104-room Home2 Suites by Hilton at 382-404 E. Main St., where a Kleen-A-Car car wash now operates.

Construction is to begin by spring.

The hotel would be near OhioHealth Grant Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, as well as Franklin University.

“There’s nothing like that on that side of town,” said Tom Brigdon, president of Northstar Realty, one of the project’s developers.

The building also would have ground-level retail and restaurant space.

The commission also approved facade changes to the two Lifestyle Communities apartment-building projects along S. High Street: the eight-story Trautman Building at 205 S. High St. and the nine-story Beatty Building at 229-245 S. High St.

Work on the Trautman Building has been delayed because the developer needed to work out some problems with the building.

“There were a number of things we needed to get right about the building,” said Chase Miller, director of development for Lifestyle Communities.

He called the building the company’s flagship project.

Passersby will see the Trautman Building begin to rise by March, with work on the Beatty Building trailing by six months. The Trautman Building is supposed to have 106 apartments, the Beatty Building, 137 apartments.

The commission also approved a certificate of appropriateness for the first phase of Nationwide Realty Investors’ Parks Edge condominium project at the northeast corner of Spring Street and Neil Avenue in the Arena District.

Nationwide plans to begin work soon on the first of three residential buildings, a 12-story, 69-unit condominium unit. The commission approved a four-level parking structure, too.

The condominiums will range in price from $450,000 to more than $2 million.