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Boutique hotel proposed for Bloomington Trades District



Bloomington, Indiana – A proposal for the construction of a 150-room boutique hotel in Bloomington’s Trades District has been made by developer Alluin Development, LLC.

Alluin Development, LLC’s application for the hotel was accepted by Dimension Mill, Inc., a nonprofit coworking and entrepreneurship center in charge of managing the growth and promotion of the Trades District.

The hotel that is being considered would have 150 rooms, conference rooms, a restaurant, and a bar. At the intersection of North Roger Street and West 10th Street in Tract Three of the Trades District, it would be constructed.

In the Trades District, bids have still not been submitted for three land parcels. The parcels are priced anywhere from $560,000 to more than $2.5 million. According to John Fernandez, Senior Vice President for Innovation and Strategic Partnerships at Dimension Mill, Inc., Alluin Development, LLC spent about $1 million for the land.

According to the City of Bloomington’s website, the Certified Technology Park, a 65-acre area containing high-tech firms, includes the 12-acre Bloomington Trades District. Northwest of the central business district is the Trades District.

The Trades District’s Tech Center will be managed and advertised by Dimension Mill, Inc., according to a contract approved by the Bloomington Redevelopment Commission. John Fernandez, a former mayor of Bloomington, will oversee the creation and promotion of the Trades District.

According to Fernandez, the concept of the boutique hotel will draw a lot of tourists to the area (Indiana Public Media).

“We want to be very focused and targeted on the kinds of development we want to have happen that really does integrate into this kind of campus-like environment that we are seeking to create,” Fernandez said.

For the construction of the Technology Center in the Trades District, the city was awarded a $3.5 million federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act grant in 2021.

Before submitting the project for approval to the Redevelopment Commission, Dimension Mill, Inc. and Alluin Development, LLC still need to hammer out some additional specifics, according to Fernandez. The hotel may open as soon as the fall of 2025, according to Fernandez.