Friday, August 03, 2007

New hotel coming to town

The Canad Inn complex may have just opened, but now comes word that South 42nd Street will soon be home to yet another hotel. A sign has just gone up on the property between All Reasons Storage and Amundson's Funeral Home announcing that the site will be home to a Country Inn and Suites. The sign says the hotel, which is set to open in 2008, will be designed by Icon Architects and financed by Bank Forward. The County Inn and Suites hotel chain used to have a location in Grand Forks. That location, near Columbia Mall, became the Lakeview Inn a few years back.

Thanks to the Open Thread tipster who let me know about the sign. I just drove by the property an hour ago and I saw the sign myself. I hadn't heard anything about this hotel before. Very interesting to see yet another hotel coming to town. Personally, I think that there seems to be enough business to go around...especially in the busy south side shopping district.

I'm sure we'll be hearing about this soon in the Herald and on WDAZ. I'll be interested to know how many rooms the property will have.

Update - 8/7/2007 - 8:40 PM
I drove by the property again this evening and there was nobody behind me so I slowed down for a couple of seconds to look at the sign. The hotel that is pictured could be a prototype County Inn and Suites, but given the fact that the rendering looks very, very similar to other renderings that Icon Architects has put out, I'm going to assume that the hotel in the picture is the hotel that will be built here. The building appears to be four stories and looks quite nice. Again, I'm not sure how many rooms this hotel will have, but it seems like a four story hotel would have quite a few rooms, doesn't it?

Update - 8/8/2007 - 12:35 AM
It looks like the new hotel will have 100 rooms. At least that's what this ad for a general manager of a "high end nationally recognized hotel" states. The company who put out the ad is called "Yellowstone Management". That company currently owns several properties in Grand Forks including the Holiday Inn Express and several older strip malls.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't know if it's the same company, but there was an ad in the paper last weekend looking for people to work on a new bank building and a 100 room hotel. This should make the wonderful intersection at 38th Street and 32nd Avenue even more interesting. Good foresight by the city to have absolutely no protected green arrows when you're traveling south on 38th from the Alerus Center or leaving Lowes, Furniture Mart, etc. to go west on 32nd avenue to get on the freeway.

Anonymous said...

what bank is going in there????

Anonymous said...

I don't think a bank is going in there, but the same company is apparently going to build Bank Forward's new office and the new hotel.

ben said...

Yup - the city sure does need to do some thinking about traffic and roads in that area...and fast

Anonymous said...

bank forward is going up out by Englestad arena

Anonymous said...

This is definitely a good thing. Between the Canadian holiday and the softball tournament this weekend, the hotel I work at turned away 50+ guests we didn't have room for on Saturday night.

Anonymous said...

What ever happened to the plan on building a hotel near the Engelstad arena which was supposedly imminent a year ago? With all the events near there and the World Curling Championship coming next spring, one would have thought groundbreaking would have been this spring.

Anonymous said...

34th St at 32nd Ave is in desperate need of turn arrows, and westbound 32nd could use two turn lanes. I've seen traffic backed up to Columbia, all turning left onto 34th (during xmas shopping season, but it's a big pain and overloaded otherwise).

I've noticed that many people are so used to the green arrows in town they turn left on green automatically, even if there's no arrow installed...I've almost been hit about a dozen times due to this. Unless they do something about it soon, it's only a matter of time before someone is killed at that intersection.

Anonymous said...

New thread?

:o)

Seems like we're at a standstill the last couple of days.

PartTime said...

Wife and I went and looked around the Canad Inn last Saturday for the first time since it was built, had a few drinks and ate there, it was nice..........anyways, I've heard (second or third hand info so take it for what it's worth) that they are looking at the second tower, business has been good and the hotel has been booked every weekend since they opened. Heard the plans are tentative at this point, so, naturally subject to change. I found the info interesting though.

PartTime said...

Couple of other things that I noticed, the parking lot at the Canad Inns was full of Manitoba license plates, which is good, that was one of the hotels main intentions. Another thing I noticed was all the land up and down 42nd street and wondered why no new developments have gone up yet with the exception of Valley Dairy and the bank.........only thing I could come up with is the the land must have a pretty good price tag on it. I'd like to see more businesses start going up, wasn't to impressed seeing a corn field across from the Canad Inns on 42nd street. Just my thoughts.

vcsuvike said...

A few years ago I heard the Danks Land Company wanted $500,000 an acre on 42nd Street. Whatever they are asking it is way to much and preventing the city from developing that area.

dadingf said...

Wasn't the land for the Alerus given to the city for little or nothing, in the hopes it would mean large profits in the sale of the surrounding land????

MattFacingSouth said...

dadingf,

That's what we in the retail industry call a loss-leader. Sure, you may get that DVD player on the cheap, but you know darn well they're making beaucoup profits somewhere else.

In this case it's a corn field.

Go figure.

Anonymous said...

Isn't Yellowstone Management also part of Innes construction that owns the C'mon Inns? Maybe Im remembering wrong.

GrandForksGuy said...

"Isn't Yellowstone Management also part of Innes construction that owns the C'mon Inns? Maybe Im remembering wrong."

Yes, I believe that's correct.

ben said...

well, that is promising, as it seems all of their properties are run well and very well taken care of. This hotel will surely follow suit.

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