Ryan Cos., the Minneapolis developer, is adding a new hotel to its five-block Downtown East development project near the new Vikings stadium.
The developer submitted a proposal to the city of Minneapolis for a five-story, 164-room Radisson Red hotel on one of the parcels behind the new Wells Fargo towers that Ryan is now building.
ESG Architects didn't have much room to work with on the block, but the firm designed a black-clad building that leaves a driveway between the Wells Fargo tower and the hotel, offering 11 parking spaces and a loading dock. The firm is also proposing a tunnel from the driveway that connects to an additional 19 underground parking stalls for hotel guests.
Plans include a street-level restaurant, Oui Restaurant and Bar, as well as additional commercial space that will not be associated with the hotel. Design renderings suggest an additional restaurant with an outdoor patio could occupy the leasable space that fronts Park Avenue.
The site, which faces 3rd Street between Portland and Park avenues, will connect to the Wells Fargo tower through an underground tunnel. That would put its guests on the skyway system. Of the two developable parcels behind the Wells Fargo buildings, the hotel will be on the block closer to the stadium.
The city Planning Commission's committee of the whole will discuss the hotel proposal on May 14.
The hotel would also be adjacent to the highly debated, 1,500-stall parking ramp that Ryan is building but that is owned by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.
Ryan originally proposed a Radisson Red hotel and residential tower on a parcel that abuts that ramp, but it scratched the plan based on financial concerns.
And while Ryan still has development rights on that land, the company has to tell the city and MSFA by May 15 if it wants to build an additional level of parking atop the ramp. This additional level would serve residents or visitors for Ryan's project, but the direction of that project is still unclear.
"There are obviously a lot of moving pieces and there is still work being done between the Authority, the city and Ryan on how to operate these structures together," Tony Barranco, vice president of development at Ryan, said in an interview last month.
"We are currently working through a document that would govern how that would work," he said.