Roseville City Council reviews design for hotel, conference center

Conceptual design to be fine-tuned by consultant
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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Roseville residents got their first peek into what a proposed full-service hotel and conference center might look like during a design workshop June 11.

This project involves a public-private partnership and an estimated price tag of $63 million.

Three digital renderings were presented by consultant P3i with the Roseville City Council leaning toward the conceptual design that features a large outdoor area surrounded by the hotel and conference center. The consultant will now fine-tune that design and present it for the council to consider this fall.

“Council agreed this creates opportunities for outside, as well as inside, activities and for a flow to the outdoors. This takes advantage of our climate here,” said Assistant City Manager John Sprague.

The building will be prominent along Highway 65 and likely six stories high, according to Sprague.

“Part of that is economics,” Sprague said. “When you add stories there are additional code requirements, and fire safety requirements change above a certain height.”

The conference center is a proposed 45,000 square feet, and includes a large ballroom that can accommodate up to 1,000 people seated, and which can be broken into smaller rooms. The city intends for the ballroom to host “high-quality” events and entertainment. There will also be separate conference rooms, a kitchen onsite for catering and a restaurant.

The hotel is currently designed at 180,000 square feet with 250 rooms, according to P3i President Jeroen Gerrese.

Efforts to construct a hotel and conference center in Roseville began in the 1990s, but then fell by the wayside until the city purchased land next to Westfield Galleria on Conference Center Drive for $1.9 million in December 2011.

A public opinion survey in November found 61 percent of voters and 75 percent of local businesses in favor of the project.

“The chamber has been supportive of this project and recognizes the need for a facility of this size in our region,” said Wendy Gerig, CEO of the Roseville Chamber of Commerce. “I attended the workshop where the conceptual designs were reviewed and the preliminary concept works very well on the site.”

Some respondents, though, have expressed concern over the proposed use of taxpayer money needed for the public-private partnership.

When P3i comes back with the revised conceptual design in late September or early October, the City Council will also get a more accurate cost estimate with updated market and demand analyses. At that time, the council will vote on whether to move onto the next phase, which is preparing construction documents and opening the project up for bids.