By Chris Bavender
Whitestown’s first extended stay hotel could open by next year. The 122-room WoodSpring Suites in the Anson development near I-65 and Whitestown Parkway started construction late last month and is set to be complete by 2018. It will be the third hotel for the Whitestown area.
“The free market, not government, chooses which specific businesses make a decision to take a risk and invest in a certain area,” said Dax Norton, Whitestown town manager. “I’m confident the business owners and corporations do sufficient market research to ensure their business will succeed before investing millions. The hotel owners must feel certain that Whitestown can support another hotel or they wouldn’t invest in building it here.”
Dale Johns, president of Loftus Robinson Hotels, the developer of the site, said the $7.7 million hotel will serve the needs of customers not currently served in the market.
“This hotel is designed to welcome guests that are in town for a longer period of time and provide the comforts of home, such as larger rooms, a kitchenette and on-site laundry,” Johns said. “Whitestown has been the fastest growing community in the state for six years now and shows no signs of slowing down. It is also the second largest industrial area near Indianapolis. With all that growth, an extended stay hotel is needed to support both the residential and business communities.”
Norton agreed it’s an important addition.
“Whitestown is now home to several global companies, like REGO-FIX, Daimler and AmerisourceBergen, to name a few,” he said. “We’re happy to be able to welcome executives from those companies and others who are visiting our community from around the country and around the world.”
The addition of the WoodSpring Suites is among several new developments in Whitestown. It’s growth that Norton said doesn’t just happen, but takes residential growth and “years of planning and a commitment to excellence to bring about a change that’s both purposeful and relevant.”
“Our residential growth is fueled by the fact we are a very safe community, we are conveniently located and we are served by two of the best public school systems in the state,” he said. “Our residential growth draws more businesses and amenities. We’re committed to growing smart and making sure we add walking and biking trails and green space as we grow.”