Waterfront Lodging Inc., developer of two hotels in downtown Des Moines, has settled on the use of full-dimension brick, ending a debate on original design plans that called for the use of architectural thin brick.

Waterfront is building a Hampton Inn & Suites and Residence Inn in a former industrial area at Southwest Second and Water streets. Excavation is under way.

At a meeting earlier this month of the city's Urban Design Review Board, revised plans for the development were presented that included adoption of the larger brick. Use of the inch-thick architectural brick had been approved by the city.

Under the revised plan, the Residence Inn would be reduced to five floors from seven, the number of rooms would be increased to 127 from 109 and the hotel would front all of Vine Street.

City staff will conduct meetings with neighbors before presenting the revised plans to the City Council next month.

The brick debate inspired a column by late Business Record managing editor Jim Pollock. Click here to read "Thick (or thin) as a brick."