Back in 2010 the City of Rosemount was “seeking investors and developers to see if there is interest in,” building a hotel in the city to support the two businesses of note in the area. While most people realized at the time that Rosemount is definitely not in need of a hotel, especially when the nearby hotels in Apple Valley are generally empty, according to this article which appeared in SunThisweek, Rosemount is ever closer to realizing this needless dream.
From the article:
A hotel and a gas station may soon be coming to the northeast corner of County Road 42 and Highway 3 in Rosemount, but not as fast as the landowner might like.
KJ Walk Inc.’s plan for a future Super America gas station and Country Inn & Suites was generally well received during Tuesday’s Planning Commission meeting, but changes to the gas station lot design and concerns about traffic counts will mean the review will continue to the Oct. 23 meeting.
Now let’s assume for a minute that Rosemount was a bustling suburb and not some tiny, po-dunk town adjacent to heavily contaminated wasteland. If you were going to come to town and wanted to stay at a hotel, wouldn’t you want to have this hotel right next to a SuperAmerica gas station? You know, so you could wake up in the morning and breathe in the fumes from the pumps and running cars as they pull up to the station to get a Diet Coke, a pack of Krispy Kremes, some 3.2 beer, and a carton of cigarettes? Well, if so, you’re in luck right there at the Rosemount Country Inn and Suites. But wait, there’s more! Not only will you get to have that as a special memory of your stay in gorgeous downtown Rosemount, you’ll also get a chance to hear the soft and comforting rumble of the freight trains as they roll through town right next to your hotel and shake and rattle your windows to help rock you gently to sleep. Want to be closer to this action, just $5/person more per night! It’s called the “Evening Touch Massage Room” and you’re guaranteed a happy ending or your money back!
Now, at least one Rosemount resident commenting on SunThisweek‘s site seems to believe this is a great idea and there should be room for a restaurant too:
Hoepfully there is space available for a restaurant pad so lodging patrons can walk to food.
Yes, because there aren’t ANY restaurants within walking distance of that quiet and peaceful intersection already. I mean, if anything, Rosemount needs yet another pizza parlor as the 312 they have already, rivaling even Manhattan, aren’t enough and the fast food chains down CR-42 and the several restaurants across the street just won’t be enough to support the droves of people who come to Rosemount to meander through its stunning and historic downtown.
If you were going to put up a hotel in a town, would you pick the corner that is adjacent to a busy intersection and a road-grade railroad crossing? If you were going to stay in the South Metro, would you rather drive to Apple Valley or Eagan and stay there or would you stay in right there in Rosemount next to the train and gas station? Do you think Rosemount really needs a hotel? Will this thing become The Stanley after it goes vacant? Whatever you have to say about this one, go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.