West Elm Hotel to form part of Indianapolis mixed-use development

US: Hendricks Commercial Properties has broken ground on the $300 million Bottleworks development.

The adaptive reuse project will convert a former Coca-Cola bottling plant in to “a vibrant food hall and entertainment hub”.

The 12-acre urban mixed-use development will feature the city’s first food hall, a West Elm Hotel, residential options, as well as 180,000 square-feet of flexible office space and 175,000 square-feet of retail space. Designed in conjunction with RATIO and Eppstein Uhen Architects, the first phase of the transformation is expected to be completed in spring of 2020, with three phases to follow in the coming years.

“We are excited to see neighbours and visitors enjoying the Bottleworks District,” said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett. “The work being done on this site is bold, it’s forward-thinking, and it speaks volumes about the vibrancy and strength of Indianapolis.”

The 150-room boutique West Elm hotel will occupy a majority of the bottling works administration building.

“We’ve selected cities with rich histories and vibrant communities. Cities that are on the precipice and that represent unique real estate opportunities,” said Kim Phoebus, principal of West Elm Hotels. “The historic Coca-Cola bottling factory in Indianapolis is an incredible building, a perfect location for our hotel.”

West Elm Hotel – Indianapolis will feature a restaurant and bar, a central atrium, room service, and “impeccable hospitality and design”. Opening in the spring of 2020, it will “reflect the brand’s signature modern style and community-focused environment, as well as the local character and traditions of Indianapolis”.

Launching in late 2019 will be the West Elm Hotels Academy – a 10-week, 25-hour, intensive and immersive introduction to all facets of the hotel industry, aimed at hiring as many locals as possible for the hotel launch.

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