Lake City Hospitality LLC, comprised of Eagan-based JR Hospitality and Iowa-based Hawkeye Hotels, is partnering with Stahl to convert the vacant office tower and the surrounding site at 317 Second Ave. South in downtown Minneapolis into a dual-branded Hilton hotel.
The eight-story, neo-classic building will undergo an $18.8 Million renovation and 41,129-square-foot addition. The newly transformed space will feature 201 Tru by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton guestrooms, and ground level and skyway public activations.
Originally built in 1900, the existing 76,000-square-foot building was previously known as the William E. McGee Building. The skyway-connected facility was occupied by Hennepin County’s Office of the Public Defender for over 20 years, but the property has been vacant since 2012. JR Hospitality originally acquired the structure in 2017 before evolving the ownership group to Lake City Hospitality LLC in late 2018.
Stahl has completed more than 1,500 wood-frame units, totaling more than 1.2 million-square-feet, and nearly $140 million of multi-unit construction projects in the past 10 years. The Lake City Hospitality team has developed a number of hotels across the Twin Cities suburbs, with this project being their first venture in downtown Minneapolis.
Stahl and Lake City Hospitality LLC have partnered with architect firm Ramaker & Associates, Inc. for the hotel project.
Construction will start spring of 2019 and is scheduled for completion by May 2020.