New Style Holiday Inn Eyes Exit 10

New Style Holiday Inn Eyes Exit 10

New Style Holiday Inn Eyes Exit 10

December 6, 2007 - Paraphrased Article from Indianapolis Star

By: Chris Sikich

NOBLESVILLE -- An upscale Holiday Inn could be coming to Saxony Corporate Campus in Noblesville.

Janeen M. Sprague said her company, J Enterprises Inc., based in Columbus, Ind., has closed on four lots at I-69 Exit 10 in Saxony for about $2.2 million and plans to build two hotels there. The first could break ground on 3.21 acres late next year and be finished in late 2009.

Sprague isn't sure what the second hotel on 3.48 acres will be or when it will spring from the ground. Both are on Tegler Drive, which is where an upscale, 130-suite Cambria Suites also is planned.

The Holiday Inn would be a prototype for a new line of upscale hotels, she said, and would cost about $15 million. It will have 120 rooms, including 58 suites. She said it will have an indoor pool, fitness center, dining room, bar, shops and business center with meeting space. She's not yet sure of the square footage, saying her architect is still designing it.

Sprague said it will be on the same level as a Hilton Garden Inn.

Kevin Kelly, the city's economic development director, said the accelerating development of Exit 10 is exciting. "The confidence that is represented by high-end hotel investments is indicative of the opportunities available in Noblesville."

He still hopes someone will come to the table with significant meeting space, filling a void left since the 640-seat Arbortorium closed at the end of 2005. It's now Noblesville Honda.

Brenda Myers, executive director of the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the county has 26 hotels with 2,667 rooms. She said seven more are coming on line, including the Holiday Inn and Cambria Suites in Noblesville.