Hotel planned in Whittier
By Jake Weyer
WHITTIER — A four-story hotel, retail and office development is planned to go up at 2528–2550 Nicollet Ave. within the next couple years. The project, referred to as the Ace Hotel/Icehouse development, would include 70 hotel rooms, 18,000 square feet of retail space, 8,000 square feet of office space and three levels of underground parking. It would incorporate 16,000 square feet of “green” space in the form of an interior courtyard and green roofs and facades. Kandiyohi Development Partners, BKV Architects and Ace Hotels are teaming up on the project, which would retain the Azia Restaurant building and Icehouse Studio building on the site. The structures between them would be demolished and replaced with new construction.
... but, it seems popular restaurant may not survive the construction of the hotel:
Elizabeth Grzechoviak, executive director of Azia’s management company Phamous Group, said the restaurant would like to stay, but developers have not approached the restaurant about the feasibility of staying. If the restaurant has to close for even one week, the business would be in jeopardy, she said.
... in an even weirder twist to the story, the owner of Azia Thom Pham was jumped Tuesday night in the restaurant's parking lot by six to eight men and brutally beaten with sticks and bricks.