Carmel City Council is scheduled to weigh in Monday on plans for an upscale Drury Plaza Hotel slated for Meridian and 96th streets, just south of Interstate 465.
St. Louis-based Drury Hotels is proposing to build a 10-story, 304-room hotel and stand-alone restaurant on undeveloped property northeast of the intersection, backing up to Parkwood Crossing office park.
The 6.4-acre site is what will remain after the Indiana Department of Transportation takes about 5 acres for interchange improvements at Meridian and I-465.
The Carmel Clay Plan Commission voted unanimously late last year to forward the Drury’s rezoning request to City Council with a positive recommendation. Councilor Kevin “Woody” Rider, who also serves on the plan commission, praised the project.
“I could not be happier, as a fiscal officer of the city,” he said during the commission’s Dec. 17 meeting. “We’re getting what I think is a gem on a piece of property that is going to soon be flanked by two flyover ramps on 465.”
A vote was scheduled for the council’s Jan. 6 meeting, which was canceled because of inclement weather. If the project is approved, Drury plans to begin construction this spring.
As IBJ reported in October, Drury is planning a hotel of at least 160,000 square feet and a 5,000-square-foot or larger restaurant. A minimum of 380 parking spaces would be provided, along with bicycle parking.
The family-owned hotel chain operates six other upscale Drury Plaza Hotels in the Midwest and Texas. All told, Drury has 130 hotels in 20 states, including two in Indianapolis: a Drury Inn on Michigan Road and a Drury Inn & Suites on Shadeland Avenue.