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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, May 09, 2019 1:00 am

Hotel eyed for Coventry

Public hearing on proposal June 10


Another large hotel is proposed for southwest Fort Wayne, this one on part of a parking lot at the Village of Coventry shopping center. 

A primary development plan filed with the Fort Wayne Plan Commission lists the project as Lakany Hotel. Lakany is the surname of principals of Superhost Enterprises in Naperville, Illinois, according to the company's website. 

Superhost describes itself as “an emerging leader in the hospitality industry” involved in “developing hotels in prime locations” and managing and rebranding existing hotel properties.

Superhost lists affiliation with Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites and Holiday Inn Express in Fort Wayne.

The new hotel would be four stories, if a proposed waiver of development standards is approved. The zoning ordinance allows for only two stories.

The height waiver is justified, the application states, because other nearby hotel properties, including a Comfort Inn & Suites, already have four stories.

Without the waiver, the “financial viability will be in question and the project may be terminated,” the application says. 

The hotel, which would use Coventry Lane as its address, would occupy 1.37 acres adjacent to the former Apollo Coventry Cinemas building, which was recently torn down after it was condemned last year for health and building code violations.

The hotel is described on the application as having 18,000 square feet with 46 dedicated parking spaces and sharing 36 more on an “underutilized” parking lot.  No number of rooms or project cost is provided. 

The project will have a public hearing at 5 p.m. June 10 in Room 35 of Citizens Square.

Also having hearings that day are primary development plans for a project that will create Indiana University Health's third medical office in Fort Wayne and allow traffic on the interior of the Jefferson Pointe shopping center in southwest Fort Wayne.

IU Health's project is at Lahmeyer and Stellhorn roads on the city's northeast side.

The project will provide 30,000 square feet of medical office space in one building with a proposed second building consisting of 22,000 square feet.

There are no immediate plans to build the second building or whether it will have a medical use, according to the developer, Stellhorn MOB LLC, Angola.

The developer is proposing an unusual “compensatory excavation site” on adjoining property where a small portion of flood-plain area disturbed on the building site will be relocated.

The new Jefferson Pointe plan is a resubmission that reorients some traffic and provides more detail than the earlier proposal, said Todd Bauer of Foresight Consulting, Fort Wayne, assisting with the project.

The proposal allows traffic to access the area near the fountain and provides parking and direct access to interior storefronts, according to a site plan submitted with the application.

If approved, construction could start this summer and be finished in time for Christmas holiday shopping, Bauer said.