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The City of Sharonville, Ohio, announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Rolling Hills Hospitality Group to begin work on an anchor hotel at the Sharonville Convention Center.

Offering 120 rooms, the first-class, select-service hotel will bring additional economic impact to the region by attracting more conventions and tradeshows. The $14 million project will also reinforce the city’s commitment to the multi-million dollar redevelopment of Sharonville’s Northern Lights Entertainment District.

“We are excited about joining forces with Rolling Hills to bring a top-notch hotel property to the newly renovated Sharonville Convention Center,” said Kevin Hardman, mayor of the City of Sharonville. “This is a crowning achievement to the ongoing transformation of our Northern Lights District.”

The Sharonville Convention Center underwent a $25 million expansion and renovation in 2013 to accommodate the region’s need for a state-of-the-art meeting and events facility.

Jim Downton, the center’s executive director, said the building of an anchor hotel is critical for the center’s continued success.

“While our event business has grown significantly since the expansion, our convention and tradeshow customers have continually communicated their need for a first class hotel that is attached to our center,” Downton said.

The Memorandum of Understanding is the first part of the formal development agreement between the city and Rolling Hills Hospitality, who are currently working to secure a national hotel flag. Once ground is broken, it is expected to take 16 months to complete the construction.

“The Sharonville Convention Center is a key selling tool for our region,” said Dan Lincoln, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The Convention Center increases the types of groups that we are able to attract, and this new hotel property will enhance Sharonville’s already compelling meeting features.”

In an effort to revitalize Sharonville’s Northern Lights District, the city has also secured more than $200 million in public and private investments for initiatives, including the creation of pedestrian-friendly streetscapes and roadway improvements.

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