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East Louisville Aloft Hotel construction begins; BBQ restaurant planned nearby

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Near the busy intersection of Indian Lake Drive and Westport Road in East Louisville, you can't miss the sound of construction at the entrance to the Indian Springs neighborhood.

An Aloft Hotel will soon be built on the first hole of the former Indian Springs Golf Course.

Construction on the $23 million dollar project started this week.

“You'll see mobilization going on this week and probably early next week you'll actually see a lot of dirt starting to be moved,” said Craig Turner, a co-developer of the project.

The section near Westport Road is being redeveloped and an Aldi grocery story already opened earlier this year.

Craig Turner is the Managing Partner of M and T, LLC, the ownership entity of the Aloft at Indian Springs.

Turner says the Gene Snyder Freeway and nearby businesses make this the perfect location for the boutique hotel.

“In particular the Ford Motor Plant across the street, and the limited amount of hotel sites that were available also was a factor,” said Craig Turner.

The hotel will be 5 stories and have 126 rooms.

A full-restaurant was originally planned, but developers now say the hotel will instead include a patio and bar area.

“It will be a large landscaped area outside with some covered shelter and so-forth that I think will be advantageous for both the business and social aspects after work,” said Craig Turner.

Developers say they hope to start the hiring process for the hotel in the next 6 months, and plan to open it around the 4th of July of 2016.

Across Indian Lake Drive, several local businessmen plan to rent the former clubhouse from the neighborhood homeowners' association, bringing in a new restaurant.

“To do a Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint out of Nashville, Tennessee. So these three folks have almost 60 years worth of restaurant experience,” said Todd Hall with the Indian Springs Board of Directors.

It is still going through planning and zoning, but construction could start next month and possibly open in the fall.

“This will be the first location in Kentucky,” said Todd Hall.

Hall says the back patio of the clubhouse will also be redeveloped, which overlooks what was the 18th hold on the golf course and a nearby creek.

“So they'll be able to have a lot of outdoor seating as well,” said Todd Hall.

Last year, the previous owner of the golf course wanted to close the course, which was struggling financially.

He kept a few acres along the front of Westport Road to develop, and turned the rest of the golf course over to the neighborhood association. The association converted the golf course into green space for neighbors to use.

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