ANDERSON — A Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites will be the first of what city officials hope will be several new business investments to locate in Anderson because of the expansion of Hoosier Park.

Caroline Sanfilippo, specialist in corporate communications for InterContinental Hotels Group, confirmed Thursday that construction on a 104-room hotel would start in spring of 2009, for a tentative opening date in the spring of 2010.

The hotel will locate close to the Clarion Inn on Scatterfield Road, which was a Holiday Inn until shortly after Vipul Modi, general manager, took over in October 2005.

“We had some disagreements on franchise agreements,” Modi said.

However, Modi said he saw the new hotel as a sign of growth for the area.

“I think it’s going to be positive for Anderson and for the other hotels as well,” he said. “They are going to attract more clientele. The exit is going to be growing, new business is going to be coming in.”

Linda Dawson, director of Economic Development for Anderson, said the city has been working with businesses to find services for casino visitors.

“We fully expect this just to be the beginning of what you’re going to see in the way of service and retail establishments, all brought about by the casino opening at Hoosier Park,” she said. “We are always working with different entities to try to create a well-balanced recreation venue for not only adults, but family with children.”

The Holiday Inn Express is a mid-priced hotel for travelers, according to information from InterContinental Hotels Group. Amenities offered in a Holiday Inn Express include a complimentary breakfast bar, free high-speed Internet and free delivery of USA Today, according to the information packet.

The company has 730 hotels “in the pipeline.”

Modi said his hotel attracts different clientele than that of the Holiday Inn Express.

“Any new hotel is going to have higher rates, so it’s only somewhat competition,” he said. “By then, we will have more people visiting Anderson, and it’s going to offset the room count that’s needed on that exit.”

Dawson said she hoped to see the same service growth at Anderson’s southern interstate exit near the Flagship Enterprise Center.

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