Proposed Hotel Could Push Out Shops in Dinkytown

Updated: 01/21/2014 7:14 AM
Created: 01/20/2014 5:51 PM
By: Kate Renner

A new hotel could be changing the landscape of Dinkytown, but that means some favorite shops in the college neighborhood would get the boot.

"I love having Mesa Pizza in Dinkytown and we want to stay in Dinkytown as long as possible," said Nato Coles, Manager of Mesa Pizza.

"We don't want to loose our spot here, we really like it here," said Greg Lombardi, Dinkytown Tattoo Owner.

A new 130 room hotel proposed by Doran Companies would push out a handful of businesses off 4th Street SE, in Minneapolis. Unless the city's Historic Preservation Committee votes Tuesday to designate the buildings as historic.

The city doesn't think the three buildings are historic enough to be preserved and is recommending demolition.

On Tuesday, the Minneapolis Historical Preservation Committee will vote on the three parcels independently. Doran Company hopes to break ground this summer.

"Everyone would agree there's kind of a certain energy and atmosphere with Dinkytown, that doesn't mean every building in Dinkytown is Historic," said Kelly Doran.

KSTP reached out to several members of the 10-person preservation committee. Linda Mack said she's still undecided.

The Marcy-Holmes neighborhood wants designation as a "Historic District" and Mack doesn't want to be responsible for destroying important parts of it.

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