Feb 22, 2024 - News

Minnesota United's owner unveils plans for hotel, hoping to kickstart development around Allianz Field

A computer rendering of a proposed, not-yet-constructed hotel with a green lawn and a parking ramp in the background with animated people walking along a sidewalk in the foreground.

A rendering of the proposed hotel, restaurant, and parking ramp near Allianz Field in St. Paul as viewed from the south. Image courtesy of Snelling-Midway Redevelopment, LLC

The owner of Minnesota United FC has filed paperwork with St. Paul officials seeking permission to build a hotel, restaurant, and parking ramp near the soccer team's home stadium.

The big picture: If city leaders approve, the hotel complex would be the first major piece of the long-awaited "United Village" superblock development around Allianz Field to start construction.

Why it matters: Many along University Avenue have watched the project for years, hoping it could bring new vitality to the Midway neighborhood. The corridor was battered by the pandemic and the 2020 civil unrest.

What they're saying: "It's exciting to see stuff happening on this site … which, prior to the development of the stadium, was underdeveloped for years," said Mike Hahm, a former city parks director now advising the developer group led by team owner Bill McGuire.

Details: McGuire's group is planning an eight-story, 150-room hotel with a full service restaurant on University Avenue directly north of the stadium, according to a zoning application filed last week.

  • The complex would also include a five-story parking ramp with 300 stalls.

Flashback: Plans for the urban village have been circulating since at least 2016, when the city approved a master plan for the site that calls for housing, office space. and entertainment options around Allianz Field.

  • Less than a year after the stadium opened, the COVID-19 pandemic began, delaying the project.

What's happening: Construction is already underway on a playground and a sculpture of a giant loon at the corner of Snelling and University.

  • Developers also hope to build an office building as part of the project's first phase.

The intrigue: Hahm noted that they're starting with buildings that could be "community assets" which bring visitors to University Avenue, and potentially have a "cascading effect" along the corridor.

Between the lines: It will still be years before the entire site is completed. After the first phase is finished, roughly one-third of the superblock will still be parking lots.

What's next: Developers hoped to break ground on the hotel this year, but they'd first need the city to grant zoning variances in order to move ahead.

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