Doran submits demolition requests for Dinkytown properties
Doran Companies has submitted demolition applications for three Dinkytown properties near the University of Minnesota, with plans to build a mixed-use hotel.
The bulk of the hotel would be on two of the plots, which now house Mesa Pizza , Camdi Restaurant, Dinkytown Tattoo Shop, Publika Tea and Coffee Union and the University LifeCare Center. The Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission could block the project if it deems the buildings historical resources when it meets to hear the applications Jan. 21.
A report from the Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development on the applications said none of the three properties “appear eligible” for local historical designation. The report recommended the HPC approve the applications for demolition.
“I think the staff’s recommendation is consistent with the facts,” Doran said. “I understand some people out there will be upset about this … because they have this view that nothing in Dinkytown should change. We have a different view. We think that adding a hotel in Dinkytown is a positive addition to the area.”
The third property is a single-family home adjacent to Burrito Loco . The house, built in 1887 , would serve as a shared parking area for the hotel, Doran said.
Doran said Wednesday that the plan is to open the hotel in summer 2015 if approved.