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Could Dayton get its first ‘dual-brand’ hotel?

Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 11:40 AM

            The Vandalia Home2 Suites near Benchwood Road and Miller Lane. CORNELIUS FROLIK/STAFF
The Vandalia Home2 Suites near Benchwood Road and Miller Lane. CORNELIUS FROLIK/STAFF

A developer would like to open the first dual-branded hotel in Dayton, offering rooms with both Hampton Inn & Suites and Home2 Suites.

But the project is in its infancy and only will happen if the franchise is approved by Hilton Worldwide and a feasibility study reaches favorable conclusions to help acquire financing, according to the developer.

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Shaun Pan, who co-owns the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton in Kentucky and other hotel properties, proposes constructing a five-story hotel in the Carillon neighborhood. The building would be at the southeast corner of Hopeland and Albany streets, just south of Medical Center at Elizabeth Place.

Pan said he has the grassy lot under contract and that he has applied to establish a two-brand property with Hilton Worldwide, which owns 13 hotel and resort brands.

The proposal is to create 100 rooms with Hampton Inn and 75 rooms with Home2 Suites.

Hampton Inn offers a “great stay at a great value,” the company said. Home2 Suites is a “hip” extended-stay hotel targeted at business and leisure travelers.

Home2 Suites have silverware, full-sized furniture, fridge, microwave and other features.

Pan said he expects to hear back from Hilton within the next several months about his franchise request. If approved, Pan said a feasibility study would be necessary for financing for the project.

This would be the first dual-branded hotel in the Dayton area, Pan said. A dual-branded Marriott Hotel and Residence Inn opened in Columbus last year. Cincinnati’s first dual-brand hotel opened in 2014 in the former home of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Dual-brand hotels provide travelers a choice of different types of accommodations in one place, based on their needs, Pan said.

Hampton Inn is an “upper mid-scale” property best for travelers staying a few nights, and Home2 is mid-scale product best for stays of three nights or more, Pan said.

The project remains very preliminary, Pan said.

But it took a small step forward on Tuesday night when the Dayton Plan Board agreed to amend the city’s zoning map, which would permit the construction of a new hotel.

Hilton has approved dual-branded hotels in other parts of the country, like in Tampa, Fla., and Williamsville, N.Y.

Dual-branded hotels can blend unique brands into one place, providing lodging options to meet a variety of styles, travel needs and price points, according to Williamsville hotel property management.

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The multi-brand concept offers larger and enhanced communal areas and amenities than what would be standard at a standalone property, said Hilton in a statement.

Hampton Inn and Home2 would share a meeting room, fitness room, pool and other amenities, Pan said. There would be about 1,500 to 2,000 square feet of meeting space.

According to Forbes, dual-branded hotels are becoming increasingly popular to serve different segments of the hospitality market under one roof.

“The benefit of this effort was twofold: it brought the best of both brands to more guests, and consolidated back-of-house operations like housekeeping,” Forbes says.

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Officers respond to shooting, stabbing in Fairfield

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:16 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:56 AM

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Officers are on the scene of a shooting and stabbing that occurred in Fairfield Friday morning.

The incident was reported around 6 a.m. in the 1500 block of Gelhot Drive. 

A medical helicopter was requested to the scene, but was unable to fly.

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Officers were reportedly on scene when the shooting happened. No officers were injured, according to initial reports.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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Patchy fog this morning; showers, storms return for the morning and afternoon 

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:57 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini tracks the chance for more storms Friday.

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  • Patchy fog this morning
  • Few downpours early
  • More storms in the afternoon & evening

>> 5-Day Forecast


TODAY: Some passing downpours and patchy fog this morning with a little dry time later in the morning into lunchtime. It’ll be partly to mostly cloudy today and mild with highs around 80 degrees. We’ll see isolated storms redevelop in the afternoon hours as we heat up. Localized heavy rain and strong winds are the main weather threats. Activity for the early evening will then taper off. 

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SATURDAY: A stray shower or two early on. We’ll see broken clouds into the afternoon as highs peak around 80 degrees again. A few showers or storms pop into the afternoon, but expect it to dry out later in the day into the night. 

SUNDAY: It’ll feel muggy with sunshine, scattered clouds, and highs in the low 80s. We can’t rule out a stray shower, but most will stay dry. 

>> County-by-County Weather 

MONDAY: Quiet to start the work week with highs in the low 80s. Expect sunshine. 

TUESDAY: Sunshine and a few clouds for the day. It still feels muggy with highs peaking in the middle 80s. 

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Reward offered for missing guest book of Harrison Twp. stabbing victim

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 1:50 AM

Harrison Twp. family searching for missing guest book

The family of Amber Hoover, who was found with multiple stab wounds behind a Harrison Twp. home last week, are offering a reward for anyone with information on the whereabouts of the guest book that is missing from her funeral.

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Hoover, 42, was found stabbed behind a residence on Embury Park Road on June 10, and was pronounced dead at Grandview Medical Center.  The coroner's office ruled the incident a homicide and said Hoover died of multiple stab wounds. 

Hoover’s mother and daughter, who are still mourning the loss, are now focused on finding the missing guest book.

“We absolutely don’t care who has it or why you have it”, said Kelsey Jewett, Hoover’s daughter. “If you have it, we just want it back”.

They are not accusing anyone of stealing the book and are aware it could have simply been misplaced, as there were plenty of visitors at Hoover’s funeral last week. 

“That’s our one last memory to speak of Amber”, said Theresa Jones, Hoover’s mother.

According to a Montgomery County Sheriff's incident report, deputies found two witnesses and a possible suspect when her body was found. 

Sheriff's investigators know who fatally stabbed Hoover, but they have not arrested the person. 

Anyone willing to come forward with the guest book are urged to contact the family directly or the funeral home. 

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Fire at Greene County home rekindles, displacing family

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 2:10 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:47 AM

A family is displaced after a fire rekindled in Greene County early Friday morning.

Fire crews originally responded to the house in the 500 block of Golden Willow Court Thursday afternoon for a fire in an upstairs bathroom. The fire was quickly knocked down, said Miami Twp. Fire Chief Colin Altman.

Around 2 a.m. Friday, crews were called back out to the house when the fire rekindled.

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“At this point we’re suspecting some of the insulation kept the heat in, and fans stirred it up and got the fire going,” Altman said.
The fire was through the roof directly above the bathroom when crews arrived. The fire was again knocked down quickly, he said.

The fire was contained to the second floor, but the family is displaced.

No one was injured.

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