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.

 

PROJECT UPDATE: Park Point Marina Inn

We battled the elements... ventured through the mounds of snow... over the icy waters of Lake Superior... and to the Park Point Marina Inn in order to bring you a much deserved update on the project. We can all dream of summer... right?

It might be hard to currently think of spending a blissful weekend on the beautiful warm shores of Lake Superior on Duluth's iconic Park Point... when there are still three feet of snow left covering every vacant area of ground space. Well, let's try to picture that serene image together and imagine how much nicer it will be this summer when Park Point Marina Inn officially opens for business... and you and the lake can finally become one... well... almost.

This is the hotel project that has been in development for a few years now and finally is coming to fruition this summer. If you're not quite remembering the project, it's probably due to the fact that it was proposed around the same time as the larger 9 nine story hotel that was proposed to be built kiddy corner to the site. That project fizzled out after opposition from the surrounding neighborhood, while this project pushed further into its planning and design process. Park Point Marina Inn was designed off of the architectural nodes of the former Duluth Rowing Club building that stood on the site many years ago and is unique not only for it's small size, but also for the picturesque views that guests will have from their rooms balconies. 

The hotel is meant to be an intimate experience connecting it's guests with not only the past, but also the current. Each of the 68 hotel rooms have a balcony that gives unparalleled views of the shores of Lake Superior and the surrounding harbor area. In some areas the hotel is no more than 50 feet from the shoreline, thus allowing it's guest to get close and personal with the areas wildlife populations and the nearby marina life. The hotel itself will feature an indoor pool, hot tub and sauna, along with banquet spaces. There also will be lounge with a bar, 24 hour fitness center, 24 hour business center and even self service laundry! And if you're a guest... those freebies included with your stay will include a hot/cold buffet breakfast each morning, WIFI, and of course parking. The only negative... Fido and LuLu will have to stay home for the weekend as not pets are allowed. 

Rooms will come in four formats. All will be deluxe rooms, however there will also be suites that include a jacuzzi or fireplace. The rooms will feature hydromassage shower heads, pillow top beds with premium bedding, refrigerators and microwaves, and a 39 inch LED TV. As most know with hotels in Duluth, during the summer months they can be quite expensive. Look for rates during the Duluth's nicest months to start around $130 and go all the way up to the $300 mark per night. During the cooler months room rates can be expected to start around $80 and go up to around $200 per night. Guests can book one of the following room types for their stay.

Deluxe room with 2 Queen Beds and a city view (ADA)

Deluxe Room with 2 Queen Beds and a city view

Deluxe Room with 2 Queen Beds and a harbour view

Deluxe Room with 1 King Bed and a sofabed with a harbour view

Deluxe Room with 1 Queen Bed with a city view.

Suite with 2 Queen Beds and a harbour view

Suite with 2 Queen Beds and a jacuzzi

Suite with 1 King Bed and a fireplace

If you're interested in booking a room at the new Park Point Marina Inn, visit their website here for more information. And we might suggest that if you're looking for a room during the summer months, put some haste in visiting that site as they seem to being quite quickly.