The Brooklyn Park Planing Commission unanimously recommended the approval of a conditional-use permit and plat for a Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites at 5691 96th Ave. N. at its April 12 meeting.
The proposal, which was brought to the city by West Real Estate, is for a four-story, 100-room hotel with select services such as breakfast, a fitness center and a swimming pool.
Tom Noble, president of West Real Estate, said the hotel’s intended market will be for short-term, corporate stays.
“I can assure you that the Marriott product is top of the line stuff. This is not a budget hotel by any stretch of the imagination,” Noble said. “It’s intended to be an upper-middle market select service hotel, so everything about this is going to be done with the highest quality.
“As hotel developers, or developers in general, we need to meet what we perceive is the quality aspect of what you’re trying to accomplish with your development with what we perceive is efficient in the marketplace,” Noble added. “So, I mean there’s always a balancing act. So, in this case, after looking at the top brands that were available, this was … the best way to achieve an efficient outcome. Full-service hotels in today’s world are a different animal.”
The approximately 2-acre site is part of the larger 610 Crossings development. The 610 Crossings master plan did not identify a building in this exact location. A larger hotel or office site was shown in the plan approximately 200 feet south of the site along the Highway 610 off-ramp.
“I’m rather pleased to see that this is a brand new Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriot,” said Commissioner Amy Hanson. “I am a meeting planner, and I support a vice president and several directors at a company, and we have a location out of state and they ask to stay at the brand new Fairfield Inn and Suites every time they travel,” Hanson said.
The hotel would be constructed with two styles of fiber cement siding, exterior insulation and finishing systems and stone. The front entryway will be covered with a stone and metal canopy.
The property is accessed form 96th Avenue. Parking ratios for the parking lot are one space per room.
No drainage basins are proposed on the site. Rather, a new drainage basin will be constructed at the southeast corner of the 610 Crossings site near the Wickford Village subdivisions.
Utilities for the site are provided under 96th Avenue.
Opus, the property owner, has been working with the city to develop properties in the 610 Crossing area and the nearby Park Place Promenade and Oxbow Commons.
The proposal meets the city’s standard for trees, shrubs and other landscaping. Large shrubs such as dogwood are being recommended for installation to better screen the development from 96th Avenue. Replacement of the chain-link fence installed by MnDOT during Highway 610 construction is also recommended.
The site is currently zoned Town Center.
Park dedication will be collected with the plat.
Roan Bollard, a resident who lives nearby, said she and her neighbors are worried about the increase in traffic and noise that could be the result of new development.
“Our property values are just now starting to go back up and putting all of those things in that area, is concerning … if we have a hotel that was a different level of a hotel, when I look at prices, its like, $80 to $100 per night, so it’s going to be something that’s not necessarily going to drive the type of traffic that I’d like to see,” Bollard said.
A second hearing for the proposal is scheduled to go before the city council on April 24.