New hotel coming to Mendota Heights

The Mendota Heights City Council approved permitting Oct. 3 for a new 122-room WoodSpring Hotel that will be near Pilot Knob Road and Interstate 494. submitted graphic

Mendota Heights will be getting a new hotel after a conditional use permit was approved unanimously by the city council on Oct. 3. 

Tim Benetti, community development director, said the permit is for a new 122-room, four-story WoodSpring Hotel located at the southeast corner of Northland Drive and Pilot Knob Road near Interstate 494.

The land is currently zoned industrial, and is 3.76 acres. It is adjacent to a Courtyard by Marriot and Fairfield Inn & Suites to the east, and there are industrial and office spaces to the west and north of the site. 

Code requires one parking space per room, and the current hotel plans include 135 parking spaces. 

While the hotel’s signs are planned to be larger than what’s allowed by city code, the council approved them. Council member Ultan Duggan said he is comfortable with the signs being as large as they are on the side of the building so people can see them. 

A traffic study was conducted on the site in May 2014. Mitigation measures were recommended to make a protected interchange. All the traffic that comes out of the hotel will either have to make a U-turn or go around the backside of the hotel before getting back to I-494.

Council member Liz Petschel said she knew the city was going to end up with a hotel on the site, and the traffic mitigation plan was going to cause a hardships for guests. 

Benetti said he hopes with the advancement in apps like Google Maps and communication from hotel management, guests will be able to get back to the interstate without troubles. 

Duggan asked if there had been any challenges from the Minnesota Department of Transportation in relation to the plans. Benetti said any issues with the state will likely come later on if the developer needs any permits from MnDOT.

Petschel said the reason the site is such a great location for a hotel is because when people search the internet for the Mall of America, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the new Vikings facility in Eagan, the WoodSpring Hotel will be right in the middle of those three places.

Scott Bixler, senior vice president of development for WoodSpring Hotels, said the company is excited about coming to Mendota Heights. 

“We want to get going on it as soon as we can. I understand it gets cool up here, so we’re really wanting to get started on it,” Bixler said.

When asked by Duggan if the hotel will try to get guests to check out small business in Mendota Heights, Bixler said it will try to get involved with the community. 


—Hannah Burlingame

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