Could hotel be the next big thing for Oregon District?

A brand new hotel may be on the horizon for the Oregon District.

Weyland Ventures real estate development firm confirmed it is considering adding a hotel to a parking lot it owns on Wayne Avenue near Troll Pub at the Wheelhouse.

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"We are still in the initial concept stage, but it is something we are definitely exploring," Mariah Gratz, the CEO of Weyland Ventures, said. "We think there are a lot of exciting things going on in the Oregon District."

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Weyland, a Kentucky-based firm, rehabbed the historic Weustoff and Getz building at 210 Wayne Ave.,  transforming it for the 40-unit Wheelhouse Lofts and the Troll Pub, a restaurant and bar.

The company officially purchased the former site of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church at 239 Wayne Ave. in September. 

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Gratz said much of her company’s efforts in Dayton are now dedicated to the renovation of the Dayton Motor Car building at 15 McDonough St.

The Ohio Development Services Agency allocated $1.8 million in state historic tax credits to support that project in July.

Weyland is spending about $18.2 million to convert the six-story building east of the Oregon District into high-tech offices.

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The company is considering what sort of hotel might fit best in the Oregon District, whether it might be a  boutique hotel or something else entirely, Gratz said.

“There’s a lot of energy in that area,” she said of the Oregon District. “And I think it is poised for more growth.”

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