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5/10/2017 6:13:00 PM
Notorious I-65 hotel in Tippecanoe County sold, will be hotel again
The former Holiday Inn and Days Inn hotel Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Ind. 43 and I-65 in Battle Ground. The hotel, which was abandoned in 2003, has been sold. The new owners plan to reopen a hotel at the location. Staff photo by John Terhune
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The former Holiday Inn and Days Inn hotel Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Ind. 43 and I-65 in Battle Ground. The hotel, which was abandoned in 2003, has been sold. The new owners plan to reopen a hotel at the location. Staff photo by John Terhune

Dave Bangert, Journal and Courier Columnist

BATTLE GROUND – What was Mike Petty’s first impression when he walked into the moldy, abandoned remains of the former Days Inn, the neglected embarrassment of broken windows at the Indiana 43 exit off Interstate 65?

“I kind of wondered, what have we gotten ourselves into?” said Petty, project manager of an Illinois-based investment group called MGM Rave. “But you could tell, once you got past first impressions that there’s something there.”

This week, MGM Rave closed on a deal with REI Limited Partners, a Northbrook, Ill., firm, to buy the 6.5-acre property and four-story, 106,383-square-foot hotel that last checked in guests in 2003.

What’s the plan now? Petty said he figures he knows the community’s first reaction on that, too.

MGM Rave plans to clean up the property, strip the hotel back to its concrete structure and then market the property as a hotel.

That’s right. A hotel.

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