Drury Hotel Update

Recently I wrote about Drury Hotel’s plans to erect an 88′ foot structure behind Bob Evans at 71st and Marsh. Last night at the PTRA meeting we learned more about. They have modified their plans considerably to scale back the height of the facility. In all other respects it appears to be a magnificant project – steel and poured concrete – unlike sticks and bricks so common with suburban hotels. There was a consensus that Drury should proceed and they will file their new plans with the city very soon. They have agreed to lower the elevation from 7 stories to 5 and they have expressed interest in having close dialogue with the neighbors about all matters pertaining to the project and the adjacent parcel between the proposed hotel and Chestnut Hills. There were several residents from CH and one of them was very opposed and felt personally attacked by the prospect of this use. I think he may believe that the property will harm his property values. In fact, his neighbors were reassurring and realize that the current zoning does permit a low budget extended stay facility such as the one on the south side of 86th Street near Traders Point Shopping Center. The Fire Chief pointed out that these extended stay facilities are much more negative on property values than a hotel such as the proposed. Evidently they can be populated by migrants and transients and even drug dealers and crack heads. The group in attendance began to realize that addressing committments for use and landscaping, signage and lighting for the entire parcel is far superior to doing it piecemeal over a period of years and that this does represent a very high end user that will retain ownership (rather than most hotels which are franchised and resold within the first three years of completion). Drury does appear to be a first class operator and I have verified with my contacts that they are respected throughout the industry. In fact one of the school board candidates was there and he is employed by Marriott. He said Drury is admired within the Marriott corporation for their attention to detail and quality.

I think the group was also very impressed with the Drury architect and his interest in landscaping and berming and agreeing to a low intensity use such as office on the parcel that separates the hotel site from Chestnut Hills. Kevin Durcholz in heading up a committee that will fine tune the Drury plans. I am also on this committee.

In response to our request for a line of sight drawing showing how a two story project on the site to the south would compare to a five story project on the site just north of Bob Evans, they showed convincingly that the effect would be the same visually because the taller building is further away from the housing than the lower two story building could be.

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About Ross Reller

I am pleased you have expressed interest in learning more about the historic Traders Point area in Indianapolis, Indiana. From 1980 to 1982 I was employed in the PR department at Conner Prairie Museum in Hamilton County. There I learned about William Conner, an important figure in Indiana's pioneer days. A decade later I became interested in the history of the Traders Point area and was surprised to learn that William Conner had been the first land owner in the area. In 1823 he acquired, through the Federal land office in Brookville, a patent for an 80 acre tract carved by Eagle Creek and an Indian trail that was about to be named the first toll roadway through the township (Lafayette Road). Thirty years later a village took shape within this tract. A grain mill on the creek, houses, churches, stores, restaurants, and two gas stations would take shape here in the creek valley hamlet of Traders Point. By 1962 all improvements (except a farmer's co-op) had been removed by the Indianapolis Flood Control Board to make way for Interstate 65 and a new reservoir. This blog is dedicated to preserving evidence of this historic area but I will occasionally use it to discuss related topics. To activate this follow, simply click the confirm button below. If you don't want to follow, ignore this message and we'll never bother you again. I am also a member of the Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery, a non profit association still selling burial plots for those who would like to spend all eternity in Traders Point, and I am an officer in the Pike Township Historical Society and the Traders Point Association of Neighborhoods.
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