Dual-brand Marriott, Residence Inn replacing University Plaza by OSU

Construction has begun on two linked hotels at the site of the former University Plaza Hotel and Conference Center near Ohio State University in Columbus.

Site preparation and demolition work began in June at 3110 Olentangy River Road to make way for a 240-room full-service Marriott Hotel and a 114-room Residence Inn being developed by Columbus-based Continental Real Estate Cos. and Concord Hospitality Enterprises Co. of North Carolina.

The twin-brand property, a first for the Marriott chain, is expected to be ready late next year. The project’s cost is pegged at about $50 million.

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