North Loop May Get Boutique Hotel
For quite some time, we’ve seen a sign posted by the old Commutator Foundry building on 1st Street, heralding the upcoming construction of a new office building next door.
But now, according to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, developers are instead asking the Heritage Preservation Commission to approve a new five-level boutique hotel at the site, with 125-130 rooms.
The historic Commutator as well as the former Roe Wolfe building will be restored as part of the project.
The Commutator, built in 1884, was once a hotel itself—the American Hotel. It became a foundry in 1915.
In the Business Journal article, the developers indicated that a hotel group offered the idea of a hotel at the site, but they wouldn’t disclose the name of that group.
By Mike Binkley, North Loop Neighborhood Association