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October 27 — ANDERSON – Plans to build two new hotels in Anderson have moved forward with hopes of opening their doors within the next 18 months.

The Anderson Plan Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday for a modified main platform at the request of Amerilodge Group and New Born Logistics for the property east of the current Fairfield Inn.

The two hotels will have four floors, will have 92 rooms and will have parking for 96 vehicles.

One hotel should be a Tru by Hilton hotel and the second an Avid by IHG hotel.

Steve Aldridge of the Amerilodge Group said Anderson’s location was chosen because of the proximity to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, the north side of Indianapolis and the potential for future economic development.

He said they hope to innovate by winter; construction normally takes 14-18 months.

Tim Stires, deputy director of Anderson’s municipal development department, said the development will require a special exception approved by Anderson’s board of directors on zoning appeals.

Stires said the modified main platform creates three properties for commercial development, with the two hotels occupying 5.2 of the 45.7 acres available.

Municipal development staff have recommended approval of the modified main property for development to be known as Scatterfield Commons.

Steve Servies of Servies Engineering & Surveying said the properties would drain north into a retention basin near Interstate 69.

The properties were dezoned for commercial use in 1994, with Fairfield Inn built in 2019 and the 64th Street extension east of Scatterfield Road completed about 10 years ago – and dead ends at the east end of the Sherwood Forest Subdivision.

The property was originally intended to be part of the baseball / softball training complex known as “The Farm” which was never developed.

Amerilodge Group is located in Michigan.

Amerilodge has several hotels in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

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