County Eyes HQ Hotel Next to Minneapolis Convention Center

After years of consideration, Hennepin County is once again looking into the idea of building a headquarters hotel next to the Minneapolis Convention Center, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported yesterday.

The county reportedly has hired a local firm, Nelson, Tietz & Hoye Inc., to conduct a feasibility study for the proposed project, which encompasses a 1,000-room hotel on a 2.6-acre site that is now home to a county-owned office building. If built, the hotel would overtake the nearby Hilton Minneapolis — which has 821 guest rooms — as the area's largest convention hotel.

"The [feasibility] study will help us determine the best use of the property, and offer us some guidance for the site," Hennepin County Administrator Richard Johnson told the Star Tribune. "At least on the face of it, [a hotel] appears to be the best use of [the land]."

Preliminary findings from the feasibility study — the third such study for the site since 2004 — are expected by the end of the year, with a full report coming next summer.