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Continued: Excelsior's much-anticipated hotel, grocery store still on hold

  • Article by: KELLY SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 13, 2014 - 3:00 PM

Neil Weber, the architect behind the hotel, said via e-mail that documents for the final plan approval have been submitted to the city.

That vote could come in June. The 40,000-square-foot hotel would be the first one on Lake Minnetonka since 1964, reminiscent of the early 1880s, when dozens of hotels dotted the shoreline and drew tourists to the lake and its legendary amusement parks.

The project has drawn some criticism, with some residents questioning its success or that it was approved so the city would get tax-increment financing, which could exceed $1 million toward port and water-treatment upgrades.

The city’s Heritage Preservation Commission voted to block the project, citing its size and scale. But the City Council overturned the decision last spring, saying that the hotel will boost tourism and revenue and be a landmark on Lake Minnetonka.

Kelly Smith • 612-673-4141 Twitter: @kellystrib

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