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Developers choose Radisson Red for planned St. Paul hotel across from Xcel Center

St. Paul officials say a new hotel to be built across from the Xcel Energy Center will be a Radisson Red hotel, with about 150 rooms.

Radisson Red is a new brand for the owners, Carlson Rezidor, and is designed to “to appeal to millennials and millennial-minded guests seeking a personalized experience,” officials said.

Developers Opus Development Co. and Greco LLC announced the choice of the new Radisson brand for the site bounded by Smith Avenue, Kellogg Boulevard, West 7th and 5th streets.

And Mayor Chris Coleman said in a statement:

“The revitalization of this site is an important step in building on the momentum of an exciting Downtown Saint Paul. We look forward to partnering with Carlson Rezidor, Opus and Greco LLC on this highly visible gateway to downtown.”

The developers say they plan “a mixed-use development” on the site, called the Seven Corners Gateway, which will include:

… hotel, market-rate multi-family housing, retail, and public space components. The centerpiece includes a public plaza and activity center surrounded on three sides by the ground-floor retail with outdoor seating, public art, and engaging hardscape and plantings. A mix of uses is anticipated for the retail space including restaurants, convenience, services, apparel and entertainment.

Radisson had long operated a 468-room hotel in downtown St. Paul overlooking the Mississippi River, but it is now being converted from a Crowne Plaza to an Intercontinental by its new owners, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.

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