After months of negotiations, Carmel VFW Post 10003 and developers of a new hotel have come to an agreement that is acceptable to both parties.
In 2017, Witness Investment announced plans to build a Home 2 Suites hotel at 12845 Old Meridian Street, directly in front of the VFW building. Initially, VFW members expressed concerns that the post would be hidden behind the new building and that it would not have sufficient parking lot space for events.
But at a Carmel Board of Zoning Appeals meeting in June, both sides said they had reached an acceptable plan.
“In the spirit of compromise, (the developers) have proven themselves to be very good neighbors by listening and responding to the concerns of our VFW post members,” said Marla Ailor, lifetime auxiliary member of the Carmel VFW. “We feel they have presented a plan that considers our shared parking lot conundrum, our lack of visibility, our drainage problems and event space issues.”
The Carmel Plan Commission approved the site plan and design for the new hotel at its July meeting. The developers agreed to maintain the parking area, drainage, combined trash facilities and other common areas. They will also design and construct a monument sign and flag presentation to increase visibility for the VFW.
The five-story, 88-room hotel will include an indoor pool, fitness area, meeting room, breakfast area and exterior patio along Old Meridian Street on nearly two acres. Alex Beatty, an attorney representing Witness Investment, said the building will be smaller a typical extended-stay hotel to allow for enough parking spaces for Home 2 Suites and the VFW.