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South shore hotel expected to open in Bemidji next April

BEMIDJI - Country Inn & Suites, the planned Sanford Center-attached hotel, is expected to open in April 2013.

Developer R.S. Tripp Snyder said Tuesday that site grading could begin by the end of July.

"It's kind of go time," said Dan Anderson, project architect.

The South Shore Design Review Committee met Tuesday afternoon at Bemidji City Hall to review plans for the 121-room, four-level hotel. Kraus-Anderson has been hired as the general contractor.

"KA is pretty anxious, as is our whole team," said Anderson, with D.J. Andersen Design, as he took part in the meeting by phone.

Several steps still must be accomplished before work can begin, including the final sale of land and signing of the developer's agreement and final approval from the Design Review Committee and Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board, which next meets July 11.

The one-hour meeting ended with committee members granting conditional approval of the project. They agreed to meet again to review final landscaping, lighting and drainage plans and examine in person the materials and colors to be used in construction of the building, which includes an attached Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant.

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