New Hotel Could Jumpstart Downtown’s Southeast Gateway Area
When the Discovery District Special Improvement District commissioned a plan for the southeast quadrant of Downtown over two years ago, it was with the expectation that changes in traffic patterns due to the Interstate 70/71 split project could spur development in an area that has been dominated by surface parking lots and other car-oriented land uses for decades.
A proposal for a five-story Home2 Suites extended-stay hotel at 382-404 East Main Street is the first significant proposal for the area since that plan was released. The new project follows the general guidelines recommended for the district – the plan called for mid-rise buildings with hidden parking and retail on the ground floor – but the Downtown commission was not happy with the details of the design or the quality of the materials proposed for the building.
The developers – Northstar Realty and Alliance Hospitality – were told at the August commission meeting to come back with an improved design.
Commissioner Mike Brown said that it’s important to maintain the high standards and attention to detail that have been established for development in other parts of Downtown.
“That is a nice big lot,” he said, “and I anticipate there will be some increased traffic and development potential (in that area) as the freeway fixes continue.”
Those fixes include the Mound Street connector – which has been completed – and the eventual transformation of Fulton Avenue into the primary east-bound collector road for traffic coming into Downtown from I-70.
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Rendering via M+A Architects.