LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A new 7-story 180 room hotel is planned to go up on South Street in Lafayette, changing the skyline off I-65. Lafayette City Engineer Dennis Carson said the Drury Inn is expected to break ground in June.
The new hotel is expected to go behind the Burger King near South Street and Park East Boulevard.
Visit Lafayette/West Lafayette President and CEO Jo Wade said she believes this will be a 'medium-end' hotel. It would add 180 beds to the 2,700 total in the county.
When completed, The Drury Inn will be the second largest hotel in Tippecanoe County. The Purdue Union Club Hotel, which is closing for renovations June 3, is the largest with 192 rooms.
Wade said the Drury Inn makes other chains in the area nervous. Wade describes the company as a small, family-venture that runs their own show.
There are no franchise fees, and the company has their own construction company, accoding to Wade.
"We have a lot of Hilton's and Marriott's that pay that franchise fee," said Wade. "And 180 rooms is a big chunk to add to the community as well."
The Drury Inn has several locations in Indianapolis suburbs and in Terre Haute, according to its website
Coming up Tuesday on News 18 This Morning, the Purdue Union Club Hotel is closing for renovations on June 3. We take a look at how that will trickle down into the rest of Greater Lafayette's hotels.
A new 7-story hotel is coming to @City_Lafayette. The Drury Inn is set to go up off South Street behind the Burger King beginning in June. Per @HomeOfPurdue, it will have 180 rooms and be a 'medium-end' hotel. Second largest in the county behind @PurdueUnion Club Hotel. @WLFI pic.twitter.com/FOJJJFGIUu
— Trevor Peters (@TrevorPetersTV) April 15, 2019