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Jun. 28, 2013

Minneapolis Officials Weigh Mortenson’s Proposal for Downtown Hampton Inn

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor

Mortenson Construction is proposing a new 210-key Hampton Inn & Suites that would be the largest new hotel in Downtown Minneapolis since the recession.  The city planning commission was scheduled to discuss the proposal on June 27.

Located at 19 8th Street North, the site is located in the Downtown Parking Overlay district and is identified as mixed-use on the future land use map by The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth.

Designed by Elness Swenson Graham Architects Inc., the nine-story hotel will feature a lobby, divisible meeting space and breakfast room opening to a 1,600-square-foot exterior courtyard. A link to the skyway system is planned, and parking would be available nearby in an existing parking ramp.

According to a memorandum from Kimberly Holien, senior city planner, so far the following land use applications have been identified:

  • Conditional use permit to allow signs that exceed 28 feet in height on a building that is greater than six stories in height;
  • A variance to allow a sign on a non-primary building wall;
  • Site plan review.

City planning commission staff have singled out several items that may need to be tweaked before the project gains approval. On the 1st Ave. side, the first floor is short of the city’s minimum window requirement. Planning commission staff has also raised concerns about an architectural screen wall, which will exceed 25 feet in height. Feedback from the City Planning Commission was also requested regarding the amount of signage proposed on the first floor.

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