The Brooklyn Park City Council unanimously approved a final plat and conditional use permit for a Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott at 5651 96th Avenue North.
The 100 room hotel will be four stories tall, and offer select services, such as breakfast, a fitness center and a swimming pool.
As an upper-middle market hotel, average daily rates for rooms are expected to be $120 to $125 per night.
“We love to use the phrase of ‘this pad here could be the restaurant site,’” said councilmember Mark Mata. “At the end of the day, what could be never happens, and that’s a fact…at Fairfield with Marriott here, do you have restaurants that you would work with?” Mata asked.
Specific restaurants are not typically delivered with a select service hotel, said Tom Nobel of West Real Estate. “I do believe and agree with you that we need full service sit-down restaurants in this area,” Noble said.
“It is not clear as of yet that a full service sit-down restaurant is ready to be developed here, but we are working with my counterparts at Opus to identify those prospects and have them in there, because it does nothing but benefit the experience for the hotel guests, as well as everybody living in the neighborhood,” Nobel added.
The hotel is not expected to see its full user maturity until approximately three years after opening.
Drainage for the site, which is part of the larger 610 Crossings development, is shared with other adjacent sites. While the original proposal included a new drainage basin at the southeast corner of the 610 Crossings site near the Wickford Village development, the applicants adjusted their plans to move the basin further from Wickford Village, at the request of residents.
Resident responses to the application were mixed, with some residents submitting letters both in support and opposition of the proposal. One resident thanked the applicants for adjusting their drainage basin plans.
The site will share access to 96th Avenue with the Kwik Trip to the north of the property, along with a new access point point constructed to the south.
The proposed hotel conformed to the city’s land use plan and zoning codes. No variances will be needed in its construction.
Parking plans for the site were calculated on a one spot to one room basis, which conforms to city code and industry best practices, according to Cindy Sherman, planning director.
The Brooklyn Park Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the development.
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