70 room hotel planned for Park Point

A new 70 room, three story hotel is proposed for 1000 Minnesota Avenue on Duluth's iconic Park Point. The hotel if approved likely would begin construction in Spring 2016. 

The new design is a drastic cut back in size compared to the nine story glass tower originally proposed for the site. That design drew great concern and criticism from the surrounding neighborhood as it was considered to be too large for the area. Concerns also were centered around the increase in traffic for such a large hotel.

What will go before the Duluth Planning Commission at their September 8th meeting is a three story structure that will feature 70 hotel rooms, a pool, lounge area, and great views of the Lake Basin Marina. Unique to the plan would also be a 900 square foot convenience store.The store would be located within the font lobby and would be open to the public, most of which would likely be customers from the marina steps away from the front door.

While it is unclear at the moment if this hotel will be independently run or feature a brand name documents suggest that it could potentially be branded as an AmericInn. The company is based on of the Twin Cities and currently has 203 locations mainly in the Midwest. The hotels are known for their continental breakfasts along with the up to 14 different guest rooms floor plans.

Click the images below to see plans for the hotel. Any additional details regarding this project will be availble on our website as they become available.

Exterior elevations of the new three story hotel. 

Floor plans for the new hotel. 

Site plan for the new hotel. 

Hotel project planned for Park Point... Again.

Could the third time be the charm for a local developer hoping to construct a hotel on Duluth's Park Point?  

Island Inn and Suites, LCC will be presenting plans to the city of Duluth at their September 5th meeting for a new hotel at 1000 Minnesota Avenue. This is the site where two other hotels have been proposed in the last five years, both of which were large scale hotels that would be have unique to Park Point.  

SO WHAT'S THE ISSUE? 

Height. The first time the owner of the site proposed a 9 story hotel and it was approved by the city as it went pretty much under the radar through the Planning Commission. However construction did not begin within the set time period that the permit was issued for and the project was cancelled.

When the plan went back to the Planning Commission for a second round this past March, this time with the name Park Pointe Inn at the Lakehead Basin, the hotel remained pretty much the same as before. What was needed for the project to move forward was a height variance so it could construct the nine stories as originally planned. The height variance was not granted due to due to neighborhood opposition. 

THIS TIME AROUND

It's unclear what is exactly planned for the site this time around but it is most likely is not going to be the size of the plans that we have seen in the past. If it were, we honestly would be surprised.

What can be expected is something on a smaller scale, but don't expect anything too small. It's a coveted site on Park Point and the amount of money that will be required to develop it will in turn mean that something of a larger size would need to be built there in order to make it feasible.

We'll have more details on this exciting project soon.