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140 room hotel planned for Essex and Huron

Plans have surfaced showing more details for the hotel project planned for the corner of Essex Street and Huron Boulevard near the University of Minnesota campus. The project will be developed by CPM Development and could begin construction as soon as next month.

The design features a 5 story hotel standing 63 feet tall to be developed on an irregularly shaped site. Underground parking along with surface parking would provide space for 83 vehicles with entry of Huron Blvd. 140 rooms will be included in the project with the first floor including a 3,500 square foot restaurant and also a pool. The second floor would be devoted to meeting space and banquet facilities and along with a covered patio. 

Above: View from Huron Blvd SE (DJR Architecture / CPM Development)

Originally CPM Development planned to construct a 123 room hotel on the southwest corner of the road on a site that had been home to a few homes that were the property of CPM. Those homes were demolished last fall and the site sat primed for construction for what many believed would start this Spring. However, plans changed as they often do in the world of construction. 

A deal changer came into play a few months ago when the University of Minnesota purchased the site from CPM in order to have space for future development. CPM still intended to develop a hotel in the area and was able to quickly find a space for the hotel project and purchased a site directly across the street from the former project. The site currently houses the EverFresh Food Corporation which will move and the building will be demolished.

The overall design of the project is an immense improvement from the first planned hotel. The lobby will located off of Huron Boulevard while outdoor seating for the restaurant and a pocket park will be located at the corner of Essex and Huron. The building had a bit of a challenge when it came to the design process as the site is quite irregular. The design ended up being heavily influenced by pedestrian areas.

Above: Aerial view from Essex Street (DJR Architecture / CPM Development)

Above: View from Huron Blvd SE (DJR Architecture / CPM Development)

Exterior renderings provided by DJR Architecture show a modern design that includes a large use of glass facing the street. The exterior of the building will include dark grey brick, stucco, and metal paneling. 

CPM Development's project will go before the city planning commission on May 11th.  A PROJECT PAGE featuring floor plans and more renderings will be available soon. 

 


Minneapolis selects United Properties for redevelopment of Nicollet Hotel block

Minneapolis has finally spoken about who they are recommending as the developer for the former Nicollet Hotel block in Downtown Minneapolis the MSPBJ reported today. From us here at The Development Tracker we would just like to pat Minneapolis on the back (if that is somehow possible) and say wise choice.

If you're unaware of what's going on regarding the Nicollet Hotel block (located at 30 Third South Street) don't worry as we are here to fill you in. Relax in that seat of yours and let your eyes feast on the words below.

Nicollet Hotel   (Image provided by the Hennepin County Library)

Nicollet Hotel (Image provided by the Hennepin County Library)

Minneapolis put a call out last year for development proposals for the block that use to be home to the grand and iconic Nicollet Hotel. Minneapolis was looking for a new development to be constructed on arguably one of Minneapolis' most development primed sites but there was a catch as Minneapolis didn't want just anything built there. The requirement was for a development that was for sure just not going to be another six story residential project. The new development needed to be grand, iconic, and over 20 stories tall. 

Four groups submitted proposals for the site. Doran Companies submitted plans for a 30 story structure that would include apartments, a hotel, offices, and retail while Mortenson proposed a 31 story structure with 273 apartments. Then there was Duval Development who submitted something truly iconic, an 80 story structure that would stand about 100 feet taller than the IDS building which is currently the state's tallest building. However Duval's proposal was taken out of the running when financially backing could not be proven. The winner of them all was the proposal put forward by United Properties. 

"The Gateway"   Image property of United Properties

"The Gateway" Image property of United Properties

"The Gateway" as viewed from Hennepin Avenue.    Image property of United Properties

"The Gateway" as viewed from Hennepin Avenue. Image property of United Properties

Called "The Gateway" United Properties proposal includes a 36 story building that will include luxury apartment units, a 183 room Hilton hotel, along with restaurant and retail space on the street level and even the possibility for a charter school along with some office space on the skyway level. 

Mortenson worked with Duluth based LHB Corp, StaurtCo which currently is responsible for the development of One Southdale Place in Edina, MN, Aimbridge Hospitality, and FRM associates which is based out of Minneapolis.

More details will emerge today regarding the project. City officials say United Properties proposed a project with the highest development cost along with the highest purchase price which played a large role in its recommendation of the project.

As more details emerge we will be sure have to have them right here at The Development Tracker | Minneapolis.