Developer proposes hotel at BP site at Lake & Excelsior

Gretchen Camp of ESG Architects and Corey Burstad of Elevage Development Group present a hotel concept at 3012 Excelsior Blvd.
Gretchen Camp of ESG Architects and Corey Burstad of Elevage Development Group present a hotel concept at 3012 Excelsior Blvd.

Elevage Development Group is proposing a 10- or 12-story hotel at the BP gas station site at 3012 Excelsior Blvd.

Residents of the West Calhoun neighborhood saw a first glimpse of the project on Tuesday, seeing options for a taller, slimmer building or a shorter, lengthier building.

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Elevage President Corey Burstad said the hotel would likely include 100-125 rooms and a 100-seat restaurant. Parking stalls would number 115 above and below ground, with one below-grade parking level. Two floors of the hotel might be set aside for residences, he said.

Portland-based Provenance Hotels would manage the hotel. Elevage is also collaborating with Provenance on a boutique hotel project in Stillwater.

“We want it to be an iconic building,” Burstad said, adding that a design scheme hasn’t been finalized.

The site is zoned as a Community Activity Center District (C3A), and the hotel proposal would not require rezoning, according to the architect. However, the plans would require a conditional use permit to build above two-and-a-half stories inside the Shoreland Overlay District.

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Some meeting attendees raised concerns that the hotel would block views for residences north of West Lake Street. Staff from ESG Architects suggested in response that the taller design option would reduce the impact on surrounding views.

“The biggest concern I have is ugliness and more density and people not being able to function in the neighborhood that they knew and loved. And it’s all of a sudden a completely different city than what we want,” said resident Victoria Hoshal. “Our parks and lakes are what makes Minneapolis unique, and we are systematically steamrolling them and ruining them and all of our uniqueness is going to be gone if we keep on at this pace.”

The developer plans to commission a traffic study to compare trips generated by the current gas station with a potential hotel.

The discussion comes at a time when West Calhoun is also seeing a proposal to add four new buildings to Calhoun Towers at 3430 List Pl. Bader Development is proposing 739 additional units in two 22-story buildings and two six-story buildings. In response, the West Calhoun Neighborhood Council has raised concerns that include traffic and parking. For more information on the Calhoun Towers project, visit westcalhoun.org/neighborhood-news.

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  • Sans Comedy

    “The biggest concern I have is ugliness and more density and people not being able to function in the neighborhood that they knew and loved. And it’s all of a sudden a completely different city than what we want,” said resident Victoria Hoshal. “Our parks and lakes are what makes Minneapolis unique, and we are systematically steamrolling them and ruining them and all of our uniqueness is going to be gone if we keep on at this pace.””

    This is in response to a moderate development intended to replace a gas station that is a contributing factor to the traffic at this intersection. We’ve reached peak NIMBY

  • Curmudgeon

    There will be views still. Just a bit to the side. It’ll be fine.

    No gas station here, replaced by a 10–12 story hotel is a major victory. Less traffic from this hotel than the station.

  • peacekimi

    I am so sick of looking at huge Owellian patternalized society apartment buildings in our city. They are ruining our quaint neighborhoods.
    The notion the city counsel is pushing “affordable housing” is all talk not much action these apartments cost $2000-14,000 a month. How does a person making minimum wage afford these apts? Answer they don’t.
    The key to affordable housing is easy lower property taxes.

  • peacekimi

    When has any developer ever been denied Shoreland Overlay? Why have regulations to protect our waterways if Z&P hands out variances like Halloween candy?

  • Sans Comedy

    This is a hotel, not housing. And it’s replacing a gas station, also not housing.

  • Sans Comedy

    Why wasn’t a gas station denied Shoreland Overlay?

  • peacekimi

    It was there before the reg

  • peacekimi

    Still an eye sore . New developments should not exceed the tree heights.

  • James

    The city is on its way to being ruined. It started with Taj Mahal sized suburban houses in Linden Hills. Why people who live in a city want the biggest ugliest suburban style house on the block is a mystery. The city will hand permits to all of the developers. The city wants the property tax. That’s what it’s about.
    The corner cited is an eyesore. But will a hotel make it better?

  • JDO1947

    And you were worried about a little train running THROUGH your neighborhood….!!!

  • cameraniko

    We just moved to Calhoun Isles, north of the Greenway, in August. Much of our view of the Lake will be eliminated by the Brickstone apartment building replacing a 3 story office building. Now there is a 12 story hotel proposed for the BP site. When we bought our condo, the assessor came to our unit and said our taxes are based in part on our “million dollar view”. We love being able to see the lake and are heartsick about these tall buildings. We were naive, I guess, to think we wouldn’t see the shorter structures replaced by bigger buildings, but we didn’t think it would happen so quickly after relocating from out of town. I don’t understand why the existent zoning codes are being ignored in favor of density. We are following closely the debate over the size and density of the Sons of Norway site.

    I agree with previous comments about the size and quality of developments. Most of the new projects on Lake Street are not only very expensive, they are so ugly. Can’t there be some design standards applied?

  • JDO1947

    Sure glad light rail isn’t coming through, rather have high density housing instead. Maybe we can “bump” crime up and increase pedistrian/vehicle deaths.

  • JDO1947

    Central Park makes New York unique! Get over it!

  • JDO1947

    Of course they want the property taxes! How else can Frye pay for the housing he proposes? Or is it Hosing?

  • Joshua Richard Smith

    Tree heights??? According to who?? Sorry, but Minneapolis is a major city, not a quaint little burgh like Rochester or Mankato. High time we start developing like one. You seriously think this fugly GAS STATION is less of an eyesore than an 8 story, beautifully designed low/mid rise hotel that will bring taxes, visitors, *less traffic* and much needed density to our city?

  • Joshua Richard Smith

    Why people move to a major city and then complain that tall buildings are being built within 3 miles of the core is over my ability to understand…

  • cameraniko

    One consideration for our selection of this condo was the view. There is shoreland overlay zoning that sets height limitations that are now routinely broken. Ironically, at a neighborhood meeting tonight there was discussion of limiting access to Whole Foods off West Lake St. and we were informed that WF was “promised” access from Excelsior BV and Market Place. Safety be damned. I laughed to think that a corporation was promised something that is more binding than the zoning promises made to the citizens of the city. Theodore Wirth didn’t donate the lakes to the city only to see walls of concrete blocking them off from the public view.

    Not to quibble, but we are 4 miles to Nicollet Mall.

  • Joshua Richard Smith

    I understand what you’re saying, but Theodore Wirth had absolutely no idea the development patterns that the city would evolve into. You could use that argument about any major city. What about Central Park NYC? At one point in history it was Wilderness. But times change, populations grow and cities grow. Minneapolis is absolutely no different. Cities evolve, and they grow around their natural Parks and water features. As long as the park land and water features are not inaccessible, there’s no reason why development can’t happen near them. In fact, I feel personally that it creates a sense of urbane-ness that is very unique, and found nowhere else but in our urban centers (MPLS proper, etc). And yes, while it is 3.9 miles by car to the IDS Center, I was speaking in terms of radius (and honestly, 3 miles means nothing. The whole of mpls proper is the core of the metropolitan area). And, as far as the Shoreland overlay District goes… Applying for a conditional-use permit is well within the law of permissible development. How high up does your condo building go?

  • Joshua Richard Smith

    I guess I just don’t understand why people move into a neighborhood with already- existing mid-high rise development, and they don’t consider that things might not remain the same for eternity. I mean, I’d expect that in Blue Earth. ..but Minneapolis?

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