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New motel coming to Spiceland?

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com

First a wine company and now a new motel. Spiceland Town Council members have had an eventful beginning to 2019.

Town Council members heard a proposal last week from John Montgomery, owner of Montgomery Steakhouse, who inquired about possible tax abatement for construction of a motel in a field he owns near the restaurant.

Meanwhile, council members heard an update on PRP Wine International’s interest on acquiring a building in Spiceland to locate a business office and storage facility.

Here’s an update on both proposals.


Clerk-treasurer Dawn Mogg said council members were in favor of scheduling a public hearing to consider Montgomery’s tax abatement request.

A special meeting has been planned 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20. The agenda will include:

• Resolutions needed to grant tax abatement for Montgomery’s motel project;

• A public hearing on a comprehensive plan; and

• Opening bids for resurfacing Academy Avenue and making the sidewalk there ADA compliant. Spiceland received $33,607.50 in Community Crossing grant funds.


Last month, Spiceland Town Council members heard PRP officials say they were interested in the former grocery store building.

“They determined the store part of that building is not feasible,” Mogg said. “But they are still interested in coming to town and are looking at the white garage next door. It’s a long building and they said it would work.”

In other business, the council approved a 10-year contract with Leary Construction for repair, maintenance and inspections on the town’s water tower. Leary also has a contract to perform similar services with Knightstown. Cost of the contract is $11,880.