Hotel height drops at Lake & Emerson

Credit: A revised hotel design at Lake & Emerson stands six stories on Lake and five stories at the building’s south end. Rendering by Collage Architects, image courtesy of CARAG

A hotel proposed for the corner of Lake & Emerson has dropped from nine stories (84 feet) to six stories (69 feet).

The hotel is now reduced from 144 rooms to about 120-122, and the building’s south side would step down to five stories (58 feet). A Minneapolis Planning Commission hearing is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 8 to vote on the height, building footprint, floor area ratio and rezoning, according to the CARAG neighborhood group.

Ben Graves of Graves Hospitality said they decided to make design changes after hearing concerns from the neighborhood. 

While some neighbors have raised concerns about height and parking, others are welcoming new development.

Nearby resident Scott Merth said a hotel would be good for the area, and said he’s interested in seeing the neighborhood lose some of its surface parking lots.

“We’ll get some life back into that corner,” he said.

The CARAG Land Use & Transportation Committee voted 3-2 to recommend denial of the project applications, according to committee member Aaron Rubenstein. The full CARAG board is expected to consider a resolution on the project in a meeting Jan. 19.