CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - The Hoosier Heartland Corridor connecting Delphi and Lafayette opened nine months ago. In the short time it's been open businesses have already noticed the convenience of the new roadway.
"With the new opening of the highway it just makes sense to have a more centrally located facility to allow easier access for my patients from surrounding counties," Indy Spine and Rehab owner and Delphi native Ryan Van Matre said.
Dr. Van Matre is closing his practice in downtown Delphi and moving out near the intersection of US 421.
It's the first business to break ground along the Hoosier Heartland.
"We're very accessible, and we're so close to Lafayette and Purdue and so close to Logansport," Carroll County Chamber of Commerce executive director Julia Leahy said. "As a business it's going to bring more people to our community. Just another reason for them to get off the highway and come in for a visit."
Leahy said Indy Spine and Rehab isn't the only business expressing interest in areas along the corridor.
"We hope to have a hotel here someday too," Leahy said. "A lot of great things are happening. We've had hotels look at us and now that they're seeing some action, I think it's really what it's going to take to finally get a shovel in the ground for them too."
"I think it's exciting. I think it says great things about Carroll County and surrounding areas that we are now in a growth mode. I expect to see great things in the future," Van Matre said.
The announcement of another business making its home along the highway next to Dr. Van Matre's office may not be far off.
"He's building extra space so he has an opening for a tenant, so we hope to indeed make an announcement of a brand new business that will be going in beside him," Leahy said.
The building is expected to open this fall.
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