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4/14/2017 6:22:00 PM
Warrick County to get its first hotel

Shannon Hall, Evansville Courier & Press

Warrick County will get its first hotel in about a year.

Chandler Development, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, is building a Marriott TownePlace Suites north of Indiana 66, near the corner of Grimm Road and the Warrick Trail. The improvement location and building permit were obtained April 3, and the project will cost $5.7 million, according to the permits.

"We love the area and see a lot of growth," said Jeff Anderson, Anderson Hospitality Group president. "We're excited about the opportunity there. We were just looking for a great site with a lot of potential and we feel like that's it."

Anderson's partner, David Chandler, is also developing the Warrick Wellness Apartments, which will be next to the hotel.

"It's got room to stay and work and play," Anderson said.

There are options of studios, one or two-room suites. The hotel will have 108 rooms, all include small kitchens.

"It's an extended-stay product," Anderson said. "We'll cater to both overnight guests as well as people who are going to be there for a while. It's a great place for people who are relocating or need a stay where they have plenty of room and a kitchen."

The plan is to open the hotel in spring 2018.

"Construction will be underway in earnest in the next couple weeks," Anderson said in late March. "It usually takes us about 10 to 12 months (to build a hotel)."

Boonville does claim the Boonville Motel, but the Marriott  will be the first hotel in the county. There's a plethora of hotels along Interstate 69 along the Warrick-Vanderburgh county line, but they all make Vanderburgh County their home.

Larry Taylor, Warrick County economic development director, said both Deaconess and St. Mary's medical centers are expanding, which drives the need for a hotel.

"It represents that there's more development in the area, more business in the area," he said.

One benefit will come curing events in Warrick County, such as the Web.com Tour event at Victoria National in April. The hotel will allow people who come to events to stay in Warrick County rather than going across county lines, which will flush dollars into the county's economy.

"In the past, there really wasn't any place in Warrick County (to stay)," Taylor said. "Businesses really didn't benefit from having anyone stay in the county."

Marlin Weisheit, Warrick County Commissioners president, said he's excited about the county's first hotel.

Hotels have flocked the western edge of the Interstate 69, but now hotels seem more interested in the Warrick County side.

"It's exciting to see all that get developed," Weisheit said. "It's just going to be full in no time."

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