Plans for a new 103-room, extended hotel in southwest Rochester are starting to move ahead.
North Rock Real Estate, a tandem effort of Jeff Brown Jr. and Mike Zirbes, is proposing building a four-story Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel along the Zumbro River, next to the under construction Red44 luxury apartment complex.
Both projects are located at Mayowood Road and 16th Street Southwest, just across the river from the Apache Mall.
The Red44 developers, Minneapolis-based CPM Cos. and Roers Investments LLC of Long Lake, Minn., plan to have their 159-unit apartment complex ready to open late next summer.
North Rock hopes to start construction of the Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel in the spring. It will stand near 16th Street and along the river.
"The idea is to target people staying for a days with a place to be comfortable with unique amenities," said Brown Jr.
The hotel, as proposed, will include a large grilling patio overlooking the river as well as a pool and easy access to the adjacent bike path. Details for the hotel have not been completely finalized yet.
Next to the hotel, North Rock would like to build a commercial building of up to 6,000 square feet to house retail shops and/restaurants. Plans for that project are not as far along as the ones for the hotel.