OCTOBER 25, 2018
Chris Haydocy, President of Haydocy Airstream & RV, Road Adventures of Columbus, and Haydocy Buick GMC, is pleased to announce Road Adventures Resorts (RA Resorts, LLC) has reached an agreement in principal with Hollywood Casino of Columbus and Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. (“GLPI”) for the purchase of approximately 20 acres of Hollywood Casino’s excess land for the development of the first Road Adventures “5 Star” RV Hospitality Resort.
Road Adventures Resorts combines the flexibility of many different RV hospitality needs with specific destination experiences, including the Columbus Hollywood Casino, major Columbus sporting and festival events, and access to the Ohio to Erie bike trail, with Haydocy Airstream & RV providing an abundance of Sales and Service to meet the experience-based traveler’s needs.
Chris Haydocy believes this is another key step in the ongoing revitalization of Columbus’ West Side. “We expect over 40,000 RV guests per year staying in the resort and purchasing goods and services at many of our local businesses,” said Haydocy. “The location of Road Adventures Resort at the Hollywood Casino is also very strategic as it is located at the intersection I-270 and I-70 and will also serve to meet the many RV Hospitality needs of the central Ohio area.”
Jason Birney, General Manager of Hollywood Casino Columbus, said: “We’re excited by the prospect of Road Adventures Hospitality Resorts coming to the West Side. This planned upscale RV Hospitality Park will be a great complement to Hollywood Casino, and we’re confident it will have a positive impact on our community.”
Road Adventures Resorts will feature 135 upscale sites with an urban Community Lodge, Fitness Center, and Salt Water Lagoon with lounge. Shuttle service will also be provided to and from Columbus Hollywood Casino. In addition, Road Adventures Resorts is located near the Ohio to Erie Trail, and will provide easy access and bike rental for cyclists.
Road Adventures Resorts plans to begin construction in Spring 2019 with an opening in Spring 2020, subject to finalizing its agreements with Hollywood Casino and GLPI, a real estate investment trust that owns the property on which the Hollywood Casino is located.
Partial funding to Road Adventures Resorts is expected to be provided through the “Enterprise 360 Opportunity Zone Fund ” initiative. Opportunity Zones are a new community development program established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to encourage long-term investments in specific census zones nationwide.
Kaz Unalan, Director of Tax & Business CBQ Advisory Services stated “This property is a designated Opportunity Zone and this new Federal initiative is designed to attract investment into properties and projects like this.”