NORWOOD, Ohio - Business is booming at the Rookwood Exchange - before the first hotel can open, another one is on the way.
With the new Courtyard by Marriott set to open in a few days, developer J.R. Anderson confirmed that he's working with Marriott to bring another hotel property into the development.
The Seasons 52 restaurant has already caught the attention of diners.
"I go to Rookwood a lot and am in and out of those stores a lot," said Katie Moreno, referring to the popular first phase of development across Smith Road. "I was in the area and wanted to check it out. I haven't been here before and drove past and decided to meet a co-worker for lunch here."
"This is my first time on this side of the street," said Judy Schlagheck. "I had heard about the Seasons restaurant and it was supposed to be wonderful, so we decided to give it a try."
Another hotel is exciting, Schlagheck said.
"Quite often we have folks from our corporate area come in to visit us and this is a wonderful new place for them to stay," she said.
Another restaurant, Capital Grille, will open in August. Construction is already underway on underground parking and an office building, which will also leave room for retail spaces. Those projects are scheduled to be complete at the end of next year and the beginning of 2015.
Developers announced a luxury apartment building Tuesday with concierge services and a pedestrian link to the office building.
Besides the benefits to the community, Norwood Superintendent Rob Amodio is grateful that the developments have enlarged the tax base for schools.
"Anything that's good for our community is good for our school district. It works together, so that's exciting. It brings positive development to our school district and to our city and it's nothing but great things," Amodio said.
The second hotel will cost between $15 million and $18 million. The total for the second phase of development will be more than $100 million.
Anderson believes the partnership with Norwood and the improving economy have had a lot to do with the success of the development.
He says that the new businesses waiting to get in are a combination of restaurants, fashion outlets and some service-oriented businesses.
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