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BATTLE GROUND, Ind. (WLFI) — A Battle Ground eyesore could be up and running as a new business by the spring of 2019.
The former Days Inn Hotel on State Road 43 has been considered a blemish in the community since it was left empty back in 2003, but the owners said it's well on its way to being restored to its former glory.
"It's been ran down," Battle Ground resident Dean Summerfield. "It's been that way for quite a while."
"It's just been really run down," said Tippecanoe County resident Jannelle Knapp. "The windows are broken, and it's an eyesore to the community."
In May 2017, Illinois-based MGM Plaza LLC bought the property and began clean up.
"We've spent a lot of money so far," said managing partner Mark Petty. "So, it might not look like there's much going on, but there was a lot to clean up there."
The work may not be obvious for those driving by, but a close up look shows quite a transformation, and people are appreciative of the effort.
"It's encouraging to see something because, I mean, it was getting pretty bad with mold and everything else that could be hazardous to whoever," explained Summerfield.
"You don't want to see debris and broken glass everywhere," added Knapp. "So anytime someone can come and clean that up, I think that's a great thing."
On top of the cleanup, a fence now sits around the property to keep unwanted guests out, but according to Petty, it could soon become a place where people are welcome to stay.
"We've got, obviously, a lot of architectural work and everything to do on it before any of that starts," Petty explained.
Right now, Petty said they've been working on a preliminary budget for reconstruction, and are working on a deal with a hotel franchise. He said construction could begin as soon as late winter, and the new hotel would open sometime in the spring of 2019.
"It'd be good for the area," said Summerfield. "This area, to me, is up and coming and it's just a matter of time."
The next step for the property is the clean up of all the brush that's overgrown there. Petty said that will be done later next week.