Remark Hospitality, Core Redevelopment Propose Mixed-Use Plan for Old SCPA

Cincinnati-based Remark Hospitality Development Company (RHD) in conjunction with Core Redevelopment is working to transform the historic Woodward High School / former SCPA building into a multi-use development. RHD will present its plan to the Pendleton Neighborhood Council at 7pm, Monday, March 11 at the Main Public Library in the 3rd floor Tower Room. The new project outline includes a hotel and a bevy of amenities listed below as well as the preservation and enhancement of the adjacent three acres of greenspace and the construction of a 250-space parking structure near the proposed hotel’s arrival/check-in at the building’s existing west entrance.

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Highlights of RHD’s plan include:


  1. 100-unit Hilton Garden Inn TM, Doubletree by Hilton, or a Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, yet to be determined
  2. 36 residential apartments, including 2 luxury 3,000 sq. ft. penthouses, each with their own pool
  3. 4,000 sq. ft. upscale fine dining restaurant, with adjacent banquet space, accomodating up to 200 for events
  4. 4,500 sq. ft. day spa & salon
  5. Starbuck’s Café lobby kiosk
  6. 6,000 sq. ft. fitness center with running track, basketball courts, steam room, sauna, and whirlpools (to serve apartment residents and hotel guests, local Pendleton homeowners, with availability for public use through membership)
  7. Entertainment venue featuring stage shows/dinner theatre offering both traditional theatre-style and tabletop/booth back seating
  8. An HGI American Grill TM coffee shop with a daily all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, or other specified restaurants
  9. A beautiful public-use recreational park on the existing green space, to be architecturally designed to compliment the Pendleton community.


The project is to be completed as a Certified Historic Tax Credit Rehabilitation maintaining all of the exterior existing architectural fabric while maximizing the use of interior features such as the existing student auditorium, student gym, cafeteria, and library, which will remain intact for use by apartment residents and hotel guests. The marble columns, colonnades, windows, original Rookwood Pottery water fountains,and ornate stairwells all will be restored to like-new condition.


The subject property contains 4.6 acres and is bordered by 13th Street to the south, Sycamore to the west, 14th Street to the north and Broadway Street to the east. The proposed hotel arrival/check-in is intended to be located at the existing west entrance. Current parking has been determined to be inadequate for the proposed mixed use development. Subsequently, RHD is in the process of formally requesting assistance, from local municipalities, for an adjacent parking structure with a minimum of 250 parking spaces to serve arriving hotel guests, restaurant and retail patrons, and long-term residents of the apartment units.
Contiguous to the north of the SCPA building are three acres of green space currently being used as a neighborhood park and gathering space. Although the entire parcel, including the green space, was conveyed without restriction, it is the intent and desire of RHD to redevelop this area and create a sense of place and connection to the neighborhood with a state-of-the-art recreational park, featuring a walking trail and a variety of contemporary landscaping to both serve as an amenity to the hotel guest and an enhancement to the surrounding residential community. RHD’s plan is to preserve greenspace for this important community.

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In an email sent to the Pendleton Neighborhood Council, RHD described its portfolio of past redevelopments:

The company’s management has had many successful projects that have included top quality hotels, many have included fine restaurants, premier amenities, and of course, architecturally award-winning use.

A few example projects for your reference include:

1) The Hannaford Newport, a historical building located in Newport, KY, which was renovated in the year 2000, and featured in the New York Times. The project included apartments and extended stay facilities, stunning landscaping, private outdoor sitting areas with greenspace and an entire host of architectural features and support.

2) The Jefferson Clinton Hotel, located in the historical Armory Square district of downtown Syracuse, NY. This project was restored to exacting specs for the historical area, and won “2003 Hotel of the Year” by Hawthorne Suites by Hyatt, as well as the Top Customer Service rankings from Trip Advisor. Features of the 11-story high rise structure maintained the original integrity and architectural design of the historical building, similarly to what will be accomplished at the SCPA site.

3) The Hilton Garden Inn Cincinnati NE, located off I-275 at Wards Corner, which was the 10th Hilton property of the upscale Hilton Garden Inn brand. Having received numerous industry accolades, the HGI NE has a background of the highest customer standards. While this particular HGI is no longer managed by RHD management, the brand has gone on to expand to over 550 Hilton Garden Inn locations.

In 2008, 5chw4r7z shared some photos of the Hannaford Newport which RHD renovated into apartments and an extended stay hotel in 2000. By 2008, the building had become condos.

Again, RHD will present its plan to the public at the Pendleton Neighborhood Council on Monday, March 11th at the Main Public Library, 3rd Floor Tower Room at 7pm. The regular council meeting with start at 6pm to be followed by RHD’s presentation.

14 Responses to “Remark Hospitality, Core Redevelopment Propose Mixed-Use Plan for Old SCPA”
  1. Julie says:

    I don’t know that I’d say Hilton Garden Inn is “upscale”, but hey, we need some hotel space in OTR/Pendleton.

  2. RyanLammi says:

    Would the parking structure be on-site or across the street? I find it next to impossible to build a parking structure on site without reducing green space. It didn’t seem clear in this article. Thanks!

  3. Ryan Santos says:

    there are FOUR indepedent coffeeshops within walking distance (two of them all of a block away) we DON’T need starbucks and it’s drive thru clientele in the neighborhood.

  4. Ryan Santos says:

    why was my comment deleted?

  5. Eric Douglas says:

    Thank you for using “multi-use” instead of mixed use like every other media in this town-…. And with the amount of parking structures the city has subsidized lately, they’ll probably get what they want since we all know Downtown and OTR can’t be successful without parking structures.

  6. John Spencer says:

    it’d be nice if they invested in a automatic parking garage, they’d get 60% more cars in the same space… I’m guessing it’s going to be across the street too.

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