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Re: Lake Minnetonka Hotel - Excelsior

Postby Rich » February 21st, 2013, 9:23 am

This is probably the most complete recap:

http://lakeminnetonka.patch.com/article ... f-13419145

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Re: Lake Minnetonka Hotel - Excelsior

Postby lordmoke » February 15th, 2014, 3:08 pm

Tucked in this article- not dead! Breaking ground in summer:
http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/tr ... 36871.html

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Excelsior Vacant Space

Postby grant1simons2 » May 8th, 2014, 4:21 pm

This has been bothering me for a couple years now. There is a very large crappy looking vacant space next to Excelsior theater, and I have found no plan for redevelopment. I've found some old streetview of what it used to be, a nice parking lot and some strange retail space.

Here's the streetview: https://www.google.com/maps/@44.903996, ... 7jWdmw!2e0

And what it looks like now: https://imgur.com/gallery/EJ1Tn/new

I mean the least they could do is repaint the wall!

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Re: Excelsior Vacant Space

Postby Rich » May 8th, 2014, 5:44 pm

They're putting a boutique hotel there. It's been in the works for a few years now. Haven't heard much about it lately, but I think they must be getting close to breaking ground.

http://www.minnpost.com/twin-cities-bus ... rs-tourism

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Re: Excelsior Vacant Space

Postby grant1simons2 » May 8th, 2014, 5:57 pm

Strange. I looked on the cities website. Nothing. I looked up the address. Nothing. Are there any renderings of said hotel?

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Re: Excelsior Vacant Space

Postby Rich » May 8th, 2014, 6:31 pm

Here's another story that includes an image.

http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/b ... after.html

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Re: Excelsior Vacant Space

Postby Nathan » May 9th, 2014, 6:35 am

here is our thread:

https://forum.streets.mn/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=202

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Re: Lake Minnetonka Hotel - Excelsior

Postby grant1simons2 » May 9th, 2014, 11:11 am

I'd like to see a nice hotel instead of a flooded dirt and grass patches when it's raining and I'm at Dunn Bros

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Re: Lake Minnetonka Hotel - Excelsior

Postby Nathan » May 9th, 2014, 12:00 pm

grant1simons2 wrote:I'd like to see a nice hotel instead of a flooded dirt and grass patches when it's raining and I'm at Dunn Bros
it would be nice to see it go up. I think it would be great for excelsior. I didn't realize they had torn down the existing building. but maybe by the time it goes up you'll have better views from the mpls dunn bros. ;)

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Re: Lake Minnetonka Hotel - Excelsior

Postby grant1simons2 » May 9th, 2014, 1:13 pm

I'm a serial Dunn Bros hopper. Each one is really unique in its own way. The Eden Prairie one is in a farmhouse from the 1860's. The Excelsior one feels like a living room. The Chaska one is really different, it's in this very old brick building on main st. I love the Linden Hills one as well. Warehouse I think takes the cake though.

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Re: Lake Minnetonka Hotel - Excelsior

Postby Tom H. » May 9th, 2014, 1:55 pm

It's been torn down for several years at least - I've been going to Excelsior for a few years now, and I have never seen the building.

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Re: Lake Minnetonka Hotel - Excelsior

Postby grant1simons2 » June 16th, 2014, 7:27 pm

There was a meeting about it tonight, it was a special/work meeting for the city council. This hopefully will give us some new information on it. Although I couldn't go there will be video of it up soon

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Re: Lake Minnetonka Hotel - Excelsior

Postby grant1simons2 » June 21st, 2014, 10:00 pm

Videos up here are some highlights:

-10-12 months to be completed
-Post Tension Concrete
-Rooftop pool
-New Renderings
-Graves operated
-Restaurant attached
-Spa also
-Guy who came in front of the city hall is stupid and doesn't know what he's talking about (and has no money and didn't study this at all)
-120 days until he has to submit the final final application

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Re: Lake Minnetonka Hotel - Excelsior

Postby FISHMANPET » June 22nd, 2014, 2:30 am

Do you have a link to the video? Is this "guy" with the developer or working against the development?

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Re: Lake Minnetonka Hotel - Excelsior

Postby grant1simons2 » June 22nd, 2014, 10:15 am

He is with Graves but he's more of a local of Excelsior who had the idea for the hotel and has done property management in the past. But here's the link, http://lmcc.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.ph ... c9cb9cac89, sound is kind of janky. The hotel stuff is at 2:15:00

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Re: Lake Minnetonka Hotel - Excelsior

Postby Rich » July 2nd, 2014, 8:21 am

Here's another update/summary. I'm rooting for Charlie James to get the hotel done. He's just a local dude pursuing his dream for this bit of land he's owned for decades. It'd be great if it all works out. Also included is news on the much needed Kowalski's that could open next spring on the south end of Water Street.

http://www.startribune.com/local/west/2 ... IDd8wZx.97

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Excelsior and Lake Minnetonka Cities - General Topics

Postby grant1simons2 » March 18th, 2015, 10:10 pm

So I walked around Excelsior last week and looked around at some of the construction happening further away from the lake, and I've gotta say it's coming along pretty well. I'll try to update this as best I can being the person who lives closest to Excelsior ,I think. There's a lot of new construction planned for this year. Also the latest news on the hotel has the final plan approval by summer!

Although I'm not thrilled to see a parking lot next to the street, I am happy to see Kowalski's building onto their chain to Excelsior. I also saw a sign on the "Oppidan" building for I think a new restaurant:

ImageWP_20150309_006 by grant.simons, on Flickr

"Oppidan" buidling:

ImageWP_20150309_007 by grant.simons, on Flickr
ImageWP_20150309_003 by grant.simons, on Flickr

Kwals:

ImageWP_20150309_004 by grant.simons, on Flickr
ImageWP_20150309_005 by grant.simons, on Flickr

New Library that opened last year. Has entrance close to the trolley stop and regional trail. Parking is behind :D:

ImageWP_20150309_008 by grant.simons, on Flickr
ImageWP_20150309_011 by grant.simons, on Flickr

Extension of current row houses across from Excelsior Brewery. I wouldn't want to be living there on a Saturday night:

ImageWP_20150309_010 by grant.simons, on Flickr
ImageWP_20150309_009 by grant.simons, on Flickr

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Re: Excelsior General Development

Postby lordmoke » March 19th, 2015, 12:23 pm

No movement on that lakefront hotel, I'm guessing?

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Re: Excelsior General Development

Postby grant1simons2 » March 19th, 2015, 1:30 pm

The "developer" has been working on getting funded and final design plans down for almost 2 years now and finally he claims he'll be done by summer.

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Re: Excelsior General Development

Postby MNdible » March 19th, 2015, 2:13 pm

Dang, somebody blew the budget on the rendering for that Row Houses at Excelsior project.


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