MILWAUKEE-Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants intends to build a 158-room hotel on a parking lot in the Third Ward here. The project would be the chain’s first in Milwaukee.

The eight-story hotel would be built by the San Francisco-based firm on the northeast corner of Broadway and East Chicago Street in downtown Milwaukee, according to The Business Journal.

“We’re seeing a growth demand for our style of boutique hotels in the market and have been attracted to Milwaukee for some time,” Kimpton CEO Mike Depatie states. Kimpton operates 58 hotels and 67 restaurants, but has no presence in Milwaukee. See story in The Business Journal.