MINNEAPOLIS - A proposal for a new hotel at the intersection of W. Lake Street and Emerson Avenue S. in Uptown is receiving some push back from neighbors.
Originally, Graves Hospitality proposed a nine-story, 145-room Moxy hotel at the site of the former Tadka Indian Bistro.
After hearing neighbors' concerns about the height, Graves Hospitality scaled it back.
"We did a lot of adjustments to our original design to really fit within the neighborhood," said Ben Graves, president and COO of Graves Hospitality.
The new design is a six-story hotel that drops to five stories on the neighborhood side. It would have 123 rooms; two of the guest rooms would have a small balcony on the rooftop. The main floor would hold a small restaurant with about 40 seats. The hotel would also provide valet parking.
"It's a very sought out neighborhood with some very vibrant, creative companies... and there's a big need for a hotel in the Uptown neighborhood," Graves said.
But some residents in the CARAG neighborhood say the revisions still go against the Uptown Small Area Plan--a guide for future development in Uptown. Minneapolis City Council adopted the plan in 2008.
The plan calls for hotels to be located in the Activity Center--the core of Uptown.
"A hotel in Uptown would be a fine idea but this is not an appropriate location," said Aaron Rubenstein who lives a couple blocks from the proposed hotel site.
The current plan for the hotel would require rezoning from a C2, Neighborhood Corridor Commercial district to the C3A, Community Activity Center district. A conditional use permit would be needed to allow the hotel to go above the maximum four stories, as well as multiple variances.
"So the Small Area Plan calls for concentrating height and development intensity and use intensity in the core [of Uptown] and not right by this low-density residential neighborhood and it's a great prescription that we just feel strongly the city should follow," Rubenstein said.
Rubenstein and neighbors started a petition on Change.org in opposition of the proposed hotel. As of Sunday night, the petition had 117 signatures.
"When I saw the proposal, it's just huge. Even the revised version is a very large building. Way too large for that lot," said Ginny Buran, a CARAG resident who also helped start the petition.
Buran said she would not be opposed to a boutique hotel with up to 20 rooms but said she is against rezoning the site.
"There's no other properties on the south side of Lake Street that have that zoning and that zoning allows for a nightclub which is not prescribed in the Small Area Plan to be on this side of Lake Street," Buran said.
Despite the push back, a petition in support of the proposed hotel had 94 signatures as of Sunday night.
"I think the hotel is going to be wonderful. This building has been here for a long time. Nothing stays in there," said Barry Walhof. Walhof lives across the street from the proposed hotel site in the Lumen on Lagoon condos.
The proposal was on the agenda for the city's planning commission Monday. However, Graves and Rubenstein both said the meeting will be pushed back to February 8. There will be a public hearing at that time.
Click here to sign a petition in opposition to the hotel.
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