Developer eyes spring groundbreaking for 10-story Drury Plaza Hotel

January 31, 2014
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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.

druru plaza hotel 15colConstruction of the Drury Plaza Hotel could begin this spring. (Rendering courtesy of Drury Development Corp.)

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.

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  • Great Addition
    This will be a great addition to that area, and I suspect a very fruitful venture for Drury with the premium location with access to Meridian and 465.
  • Hotel will suffer
    With all the other hotels in the market why does this area need another? There are several brands already represented. I understand Drury is trying to clean up their look and make it more "upscale". Kudos to them. However, maybe they should focuse on cleaning up the two they already have in the city before bringing in a new hotel. The one on Michigan Road is a dump. It's run down and it's in a sketchy location. The one in Castleton isn't much better. Why not fix the problems in the other two; before opening a 3rd? If they aren't going to fix them, at least remove the name to the other two hotels. I think this will prove in the long run a bad idea. It will drag down the market, and the other hotels in the area will suffer because of this. This is, a really bad idea.
  • Unreal
    I live down the street from this intersection and this is going to make it an even bigger mess. There is already tons of traffic and several hotels within a mile of it. Drury really isn't that upscale and some of the aforementioned hotels are much nicer than Drury. I disagree with Councilor Woody about "not being any happier" about this project.
  • Can't agree with the negatives
    I've stayed at Drury Inns and Suites before and been very comfortable. The last one was downtown Cols OH. It scores 4.5 stars on yelp. Nothing fancy but nice and clean and aimed to please. Traffic is always going to be an issue at that location regardless of what kind of development goes in. This is probably as good as it gets for not impacting traffic. People don't generally check in during rush hour as they are on their commute. You may notice a little outbound morning traffic but it should have little impact as the majority of the 8am traffic will be going in not out.
  • Drury on 96th
    the city needs more Hotels to accommodate the Super Bowl when it returns. That is why we are seeing more hotels go up. I think it will be great. I work in the Parkwood business park and have no issue with a hotel going there. Much better than another office building or apartment building being built there. Also I have stayed at the Drury Plaza downtown St Louis and it was very nice and very clean.

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