Hotels sprouting along I-75 in southwestern Ohio

WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) — Major new retail developments and plans for more have helped spur a boom in hotel building along Interstate 75 in southwestern Ohio.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports (http://bit.ly/1oODfI6 ) that more than 700 new rooms will be added to market over the next 12-18 months.

Some plans delayed by the recession are now moving along with construction of a new Bass Pro Shops and a Cabela's in the Butler County area.

Both of the sporting goods stores are expected to open next year. The Streets of West Chester shopping and entertainment area just off I-75 north of the Interstate 275 is expected to add more retail and dining space in late 2015.

MetroParks is offering many new sports fields, expecting to attract out-of-town teams to tournaments.

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Information from: The JournalNews of Hamilton, http://www.journal-news.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$sch=jnfront?jnfront

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