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Mills Park Hotel Open In Yellow Springs

Jerry Kenney

A new 28 room, hotel has opened up for business in the village of Yellow Springs.

The Mills Park Hotel was named for William Mills, an early settler to the area, who financed the first railroad and helped to build the town’s infrastructure.

The hotel is owned by developers Jim and Libby Hammond and has been under construction for about two years.

Early reaction to the design and location were mixed, but Yellow Springs resident Angela Moore says the three-story Victorian style hotel fits in with the “front porch culture” that’s present in the village.

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The Mills Park Hotel encourages Yellow Springs residents, like Angela Moore and friends, to enjoys the hotel's rocking chairs along the front porch.

“You know everything, like The Emporium has the tables and chairs outside. There’s benches all up and down  both sides of the street. I think this is a great addition because you can watch the people and and traffic go by or you can just rock.”

Mills Park staff says weekend reservations are already pretty steady. The hotel includes a restaurant, banquet hall, conference room, and gift shop.

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Early construction estimates were about $3.6 million for the hotel and township officials say the new property taxes and income for the 40 full and part-time employees will be an economic boost for the village.

Jerry began volunteering at WYSO in 1991 and hosting Sunday night's Alpha Rhythms in 1992. He joined the YSO staff in 2007 as Morning Edition Host, then All Things Considered. He's hosted Sunday morning's WYSO Weekend since 2008 and produced several radio dramas and specials . In 2009 Jerry received the Best Feature award from Public Radio News Directors Inc., and was named the 2023 winner of the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Best Anchor/News Host award. His current, heart-felt projects include the occasional series Bulletin Board Diaries, which focuses on local, old-school advertisers and small business owners. He has also returned as the co-host Alpha Rhythms.