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90-room hotel proposed for southwest side

Elkhart developer to bring 30 jobs

An Elkhart developer hopes to break ground on a $3.5 million hotel in southwest Fort Wayne before year’s end.

Shamrock Hotels wants to build a four-story lodge that would cater to business travelers and traffic associated with nearby Lutheran Health Network, according to paperwork recently filed with the Allen County Department of Planning Services.

Peter Gensic is the site engineer on the project. He said the hotel will need primary plan and rezoning approvals to move ahead. The Allen County Plan Commission will address the matter in coming weeks.

A Shamrock representative said the 90-room hotel would be a well-known brand, but legal teams are finalizing the franchise agreement that will create up to 30 jobs. The lodge’s address is listed as 7737 W. Jefferson Blvd., north of Olde Canal Place Drive, just south of Aboite Center and Engle roads.

Amenities at the hotel will include Wi-Fi throughout the building, 42-inch flat-screen televisions in all rooms, a conference area, business center and indoor pool.

The Shamrock establishment would join neighboring hotels along West Jefferson. The Hampton Inn, Comfort Suites, Residence Inn and Hilton Garden Inn are among them.

The last hotel to open in the area was Homewood Suites by Hilton in 2011. The $7.5 million extended-stay hotel debuted after a nearly two-year construction delay.

In 2009, the lodge was halfway completed when Building Commissioner David Fuller ordered work to stop. The building had to be demolished because a faulty underground drainage system caused one side of the hotel to sink.

The six-story, 79-room Homewood features condo-like living and average nightly stays at $109.

The Shamrock property will cost guests $100 to $129 a night.

According to Visit Fort Wayne, the area’s tourism agency, hotels in Allen County accounted for $4.2 million in hospitality taxes in 2012, up from $3.7 million the previous year.

Huntertown subdivision

In other business, Granite Ridge Builders filed paperwork with the Department of Planning Services to construct a 33-lot subdivision in the 1000 block of Gump Road in Huntertown.

Dubbed Canyon Bay, the project will have single-family residences. It also needs primary plan and rezoning approvals. Officials at Granite Ridge were unavailable for comment Friday.

The Plan Commission may address the project during the same public hearing with the Shamrock hotel proposal.

pwyche@jg.net

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