Two more hotels planned for burgeoning Whitestown development off I-65

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Once populated largely by cornfields, the landscape at the intersection of Interstate 65 and Whitestown Parkway has exploded in recent years with retail and restaurant projects. A smattering of hotels has followed, and two more project now are in the works.

Zionsville-based Spiars Engineering LLC and Fishers-based Dora Hotels have teamed up and submitted plans to the city of Whitestown to build a Fairfield Inn and Suites and TownePlace Suites by Marriott in the 6600 block of Central Boulevard.

The hotels would be built directly east of the Hampton Inn on the northeast corner of the intersection of Main Street and Central Boulevard. All three would be within the burgeoning Anson commercial development east of the I-65/Whitestown Parkway interchange.

The Fairfield Inn and Suites would be built first, most likely in the next year and a half. The TownePlace Suites could wait three years or more, and its construction would depend on whether the market can support another hotel, the applicants told city officials.

The two hotels would be built on an undeveloped 3.16-acre parcel. The land is owned by Whitestown Hospitality LLC.

The Fairfield Inn would be built on the western portion, occupying about 1.56 acres. The 51,000 square-foot hotel would be four stories with 92 guest rooms.

The TownPlace Suites, which would be an extended-stay hotel, would occupy 1.59 acres and 47,000 square feet. It would have 79 guest rooms.

The hospitality market in the immediate area is still in its infancy. The Hampton Inn was the first hotel to be developed in the area. A Holiday Inn Express opened last year catercorner to the Hampton Inn at the intersection of Central Boulevard and Main Street. Woodspring Suites, a 122-room extended-stay hotel, is currently under construction several blocks to the west on Central Boulevard.

On Monday night, the proposal from Spiars and Dora went before the Whitestown Plan Commission, but it was continued until next month’s meeting. Members are expected to review the concept plan and a development plan at their September meeting.

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