MET Hotel plans to go Hollywood

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published September 11, 2013

The new owner of the MET Hotel Troy, on Crooks Road, hopes to create a downtown center Los Angeles style on the 17.4-acre site at Crooks and I-75.

At an Aug. 27 study session, Remo Polselli shared with the Troy Planning Commission his vision for the mixed uses he’d like to develop as a planned unit development named LA Square.

The $20 million conceptual plans feature mixed retail, office and residential uses; renovations to the hotel, including a 500-seat amphitheatre for concerts in the summer and ice skating in the winter; yoga and dance studios; an art gallery; a pedestrian walkway through the development; restaurants; and outdoor farmers markets in the summer.

Polselli told the Planning Commission he planned to model the development on The Grove in Los Angeles, which he said has won many awards.

The third floor of each of the five buildings Polselli plans — which would total 168,000 square feet of commercial, retail, restaurant and office space — would be fully furnished luxury condo or hotel units, aka LA Lofts, he said.

“Hopefully, we could break ground next summer and open the summer after that,” Polselli told the Planning Commission.

Polselli said he engaged the Royal Oak architectural firm of Krieger Klatt Architects to complete the plans.

“This could be a jewel — another Somerset or better,” Troy Planning Commissioner Gordon Schepke said.

“I want to be selective with tenants,” Polselli said.

He added that he wants to create a boutique, unique, fun and vibrant space.

The conceptual plan for the center also includes a large ballroom and meeting space as part of the hotel, which would be renamed. Renovations to the 192-room hotel will include two restaurants, a café and a bar.

Troy Planning Director Brent Savidant said plans for the center had not been submitted to the Planning Department at press time.