Expansion of Stillwater’s Water Street Inn is Still in the Works

Screen-Shot-2014-03-29-at-11.19.30-AM A conceptual drawing of the Water Street Inn addition, which includes 20 new rooms, a clock tower and a rooftop patio.

The Water Street Inn’s 20-room expansion — including a rooftop patio and signature clock tower — is still in the works.

The Stillwater City Council on Tuesday granted an extension to St. Croix Preservation Co. for the special use permit (SUP) to construct an addition onto the north side of Water Street Inn.

The original permit was granted on May 20, 2014.

A building permit is issued for a project for two years from the approval date of the SUP, which is May 20, 2016.

St. Croix Preservation Company has not begun constructing the addition, and it may not be in a position to start that work by May 20, 2016, Community Development Director Bill Turnblad told the council.

The extension to the special use permit grants permission for construction of the expansion of the Water Street Inn to start by May 20, 2017, and be completed by June 30, 2018.

Plans for The Water Street Inn expansion include renovation of the Water Street Inn, including a 20-room addition, a rooftop patio and an 80-foot clock tower on the north corner of the Water Street Inn.

The plans calls for Myrtle Street to narrow by 3 feet around the base of the clock tower, according to city documents. The curb line on the south side of Myrtle would then widen as it wraps around the clock tower to create a pick-up and drop-off lane for the hotel.

The proposal widens Myrtle Street from 28 feet to 32 feet for a “significant portion of the block,” city documents state. Around the base of the tower it reduces the road from 28 feet to 26 feet, 6 inches.

According to Fire Code, a road must be at least 26 feet wide.

The plan does not move the north curb line of Myrtle Street, and will provide sidewalks on both sides of the street. The plans also call for trash to be enclosed in the building.

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