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BOUTIQUE HOTEL PLANNED FOR HISTORIC NORTH LOOP BUILDINGS
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A new boutique hotel is in the works for the North Loop neighborhood. 

Located at 117 1st Street N, the hotel would be located within a mixed-use project that has been planned for a number of years.

The Commutator Foundry Development would include the demolition of two non-contributing buildings, the renovation/restoration of two additional buildings and the construction of a new building. The two buildings that would be rehabilitated include the historic Commutator Hotel and Foundry Buildings, both of which were built in the 1900’s and most recently were home to office space and retail space. 

Now, you might remember that there were plans for this site already that were proposed a few years back. Those plans included pretty much the same amount of ground floor retail space but also included office space on all of the upper levels.  

Since those original plans were proposed the developers were approached by an independent boutique hotel that was interested in the project. Luckily the developers were at the point of planning where they could make the switch from office space to hotel space. 

THE DESIGN  

In total, the entire project would be home to around 130 hotel rooms, 22,000 square feet of ground floor retail, restaurant and lobby space and a rooftop bar and restaurant with views of the Downtown skyline. Two levels of underground parking with 50 stalls will be also be constructed within the new building. 

Snow Kreilich Architects is responsible for the design of the project which needed to pay close attention to the Minneapolis Warehouse Historic District Design Guidelines. With that being said they ensured the design of the new building included a defined base, middle, and top and that it was constructed as close to the street as possible in order to maintain the historic street wall.

The height of the new building will be six stories which is taller than both of the existing historic buildings. However, the new building has been designed in a way that the floorplates on the lower levels will match the height of the floorplates within the existing buildings allowing for seamless levels throughout all structures. The new building will be clad in a cast stone custom unit masonry along with an insulated clear glazing.  

Want to know an interesting construction tidbit? When construction is underway, 121 N 1st Street will actually be stabilized, and the structure moved off site temporarily while the underground parking is constructed. Once that is complete the building will be moved back to its original location.  Crazy huh? 

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THE HOTEL

At the moment it is unknown as to who the independent hotel is that is planning to open within the Commutator Foundry Development. 

Many rumors are swirling around that it could be a West Elm Hotel, especially since it was just announced that their retail store will be opening in a new development directly behind the Commutator Foundry project (you can read about that here).

However, we don’t think it is a West Elm Hotel at the moment and here’s why.

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It’s been a few years since West Elm announced they there were not only planning hotels across the country but that they were also planning one in the North Loop neighborhood. Things were going well for a while and planning was underway and at one point we even saw plans for their hotel to be constructed on the site of what is now an under construction mixed-use project across the street called “The Archive.” But then things got rough for the West Elm Hotels concept.

First, they were sued by the hotel management company that they were working on the projects with. The management company eventually walked away from the concept altogether which left West Elm without a hotel operator. 

It seemed like a new hotel management company could be secured but then another shocking announcement came last month when West Elm Hotels cancelled their Indianapolis hotel that was already under construction. And just this last week it was announced that the West Elm Hotel planned for Detroit was also put on “hold” with the future of the other planned hotels being in limbo.

Now, don’t let us kill all your hope for an ultra-trendy first of its kind hotel setting up shop in the North Loop. Maybe we will magically see the stars align and we’ll be the first place to become home to a West Elm Hotel… and maybe they won’t.

Plans for 117 1st Street North will go before the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission for review at 4:30pm later today. Construction on the project is anticipated to begin in early 2020 and take 12 months to complete.

 
WEST ELM PLANS NORTH LOOP HOTEL

A mock-up of a potential design for West Elm's new hotel guest rooms | West Elm

A well known home retailer is planning to enter the boutique hotel market with one of their first properties being planned for Minneapolis' North Loop neighborhood.

West Elm, a company that is part of the William Sonoma and Pottery Barn family, opened its first retail store in New York City's Dumbo neighborhood in 2003. Since then the company has expanded to include over 100 locations across the United States and Canada including one right here in Edina, MN. 

Last week the Wall Street Journal reported that West Elm was venturing into a new area of business, the hospitality industry. The company isn't going to provide just the linens for hotel brands, rather they're creating an entirely new brand of boutique hotels.

A DIFFERENT BOUTIQUE HOTEL

It makes sense when you think about it. Why wouldn't a retailer that provides everything for the home enter the hotel business? 

That's what West Elm is looking to capitalize on. The company will be able to provide everything from the sheets on the bed to the nightstand and the glass that contains water sitting on top. West Elm will also be able to use their vendor relations in order to provide nicer furnishings for their guest rooms at significantly reduced rate on their end.

Guests who choose to stay at a West Elm Hotel will be able to purchase any of the items within their hotels room. And when we say any of the items, we literally mean ANYTHING.

Upon check-in guests will be prompted to download an app that will reveal more information about the furnishings within their room, even allowing guests to order furnishings at any point during or after their stay.

THE DETAILS

West Elm has been perfecting what will ultimately end up as their boutique hotels. In a Brooklyn warehouse they have been assembling mock hotel rooms, testing what works and what doesn't work in order to create a one of a kind boutique hotel.

Their new boutique hotels will be designed depending on their location, the same way West Elm retail stores are. That means each one will be different and unique, something that is a drawing factor to those business and leisurely travelers looking for something different than just the repetitive standard hotel chain.

Dimly lit hallways will grace West Elm hotels, a design feature that they've found encourages hotel guests to soften their voices and move about quietly in common spaces. Custom designed marine blue tiles will adorn the bathrooms, marble coffee tables will provide a space for your morning cup of coffee, and 280 thread count sheets will keep you warm and provide a good nights sleep.

THE FIRST LOCATIONS

In late 2018 the first West Elm Hotels will open in Detroit and Savannah. Following those first two initial openings three more hotels will open in Charlotte, Indianapolis, and right here in Minneapolis' North Loop neighborhood.

Details regarding where exactly West Elm will locate their hotel in the North Loop have yet to be revealed. The size of the hotel is expected to be between 100-250 rooms with room rates raning from $175 to $400 a night.

Inspiration for a West Elm Hotel guestroom | West Elm