by Adriana Pop, Associate Editor
A new four-star hotel has recently opened in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, as part of the CityWay development.
Called The Alexander, in honor of Alexander Ralston, the engineer and architect who in 1820 led the creation of the city’s plan, the property offers 157 guest rooms with stunning views of the city, along with 52 extended stay suites. Amenities include a fitness center, multiple restaurants and meeting rooms totaling 16,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.
The new hotel has been developed by Indianapolis-based Buckingham Companies and designed by the Gensler architecture firm. Dolce Hotels and Resorts, of Rockleigh, N.J., is managing the property.
“The Alexander is our new model for urban hotels, a hybrid between a center-city lifestyle and conference hotel,” said Steven Rudnitsky, Dolce president and CEO.
CityWay is a $155 million project north of South Street that will encompass high-quality residences, office and retail space, as well as a public park and state-of-the-art YMCA.
In regional news, developers have broken ground on a $14.4 million health and wellness center in Avon. Inside Indiana Business reports that the new community is a joint project between Life Care Services and Mainstreet.
Scheduled to open in July 2013, Wellbrooke of Avon is expected to generate up to 100 full-time jobs and as many as 300 construction jobs. The center will feature 70 all-private accommodations for physical, occupational and speech rehabilitative and long-term care, as well as 30 service-rich apartments for full-time residential living.
According to Mainstreet’s Chairman and CEO Zeke Turner, Wellbrooke guests experience concierge-based health services in a hotel-like atmosphere.
“The design will feature multiple social destinations, including several different dining venues and private and public areas with fireplaces,” Turner stated. “An emphasis on social features encourages interaction with family and friends, making Wellbrooke of Avon a destination for the entire community.”
Currently, there are three similar communities under construction in Crawfordsville, Wabash and Westfield, Indiana.
Photo credits: www.thealexander.com