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North Loop May Get Boutique Hotel

By Mike Binkley, North Loop Neighborhood Association

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.