Last week, a Savage-based developer got the green light to move on a hotel development in Rosemount—the first for the south metro city, which has seen exponential growth since 2000.
On Nov. 20, the Rosemount City Council approved a proposal from KJ Walk, Inc. to build a 70-room Country Inn & Suites on the northeast corner of the intersection between Highway 3 and County Road 42. The three-story hotel will include a swimming pool and other amenities. It will be coupled with a new SuperAmerica gas station and car wash.
City officials are hoping that the hotel will spur further growth in the area. The site contains eight lots, and the hotel and gas station will only occupy a quarter of the 26-acre space. Eventually, it is anticipated that the site will include a fast food restaurant, pharmacy, general retail, and big box retail developments, according to a traffic study commissioned by the city.
"We are really excited about it and think it will spur other commercial interests in that area," Kim Lindquist, Rosemount's community development director, told the Star Tribune in a recent article. "We've made the jump to the [east] side of Hwy. 3, where our housing has expanded."
Work will likely begin in the spring.
Country Inn & Suites is one of several brands owned by the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, which recently unveiled aggressive expansion plans. The company hope to increase its hotel portfolio by at least 50 percent in less than three years, with a goal of 1,500 hotels in operation by 2015. Carlson Rezidor owns Radisson, Park Plaza, Park Inn and Hotel Missoni in addition to its Country Inn & Suites holdings.