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Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport could soon have a hotel.

A Metropolitan Airports Commission committee approved Graves Hospitality as the developer for a brand new on-site hotel, the Star Tribune reports.

Founder Jim Graves – known for running for Congress in 2012, launching the AmericInn hotel brand and building the Graves 601 hotel in downtown Minneapolis – described it as a luxury, boutique hotel with 250 rooms, and hopefully open by the 2018 Super Bowl, MPR reports.

If you know the layout of the airport though, you might have a question: Where is it going to fit?

According to the Pioneer Press, it'll be squeezed in just southeast of the four main parking ramps at Terminal 1. So as you drive into the terminal, coming off of Highway 5, all those parking structures that are on the left – the hotel would be placed right there in front of it. (See the blue circle on the map below for a general idea.)

The full airport commission will vote on March 17; it's likely to be approved.

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