When finished, the hotel will have 33 two-bedroom units and 54 executive suites  with full kitchenettes, officials said.

When finished, the hotel will have 33 two-bedroom units and 54 executive suites with full kitchenettes, officials said.

Photo by Deb Jacques


$2.5 million Telegraph hotel redevelopment plan approved

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published February 20, 2019

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SOUTHFIELD — A hotel that has been sitting empty is slated for a makeover. 

At its Feb. 4 meeting, the Southfield City Council unanimously approved the site plan for the $2.5 million redevelopment of the former Holiday Inn Hotel, located at 26555 Telegraph Road. The five-story hotel sits behind the newly renovated Best Western Premier Detroit Southfield Hotel. 

According to council documents, the West Bloomfield-based Yukon Building and Development will renovate the existing structure of the hotel into executive-stay accommodations. The plan also includes a drop-off canopy and reconfigured parking at the site. 

City Planner Terry Croad said the plan is an extension of the $12 million redevelopment of the Best Western, as the two buildings are attached. 

In August 2015, the Southfield City Council unanimously approved the reinvestment plan from Kiwi Hospitality, a New Zealand investment group, for a commercial exemption certificate to rehabilitate the Best Western, also formerly a Holiday Inn.

 The Best Western Premier Hotel is one of three buildings on the site that sit on 7.32 acres of land, and it features a round, 16-story tower and a 600-space parking area.
David Dowling, the owner of Yukon Building and Development, was on hand at the meeting to brief the council on the project. 

“The project consists of remodeling the existing five-story building, adding 87 rooms to the presently operating 206 rooms on the site,” Dowling said at the meeting. 

When finished, Dowling said, the hotel will have 33 two-bedroom units and 54 executive suites with full kitchenettes. 

The hotel will be renovated to provide customers with things that the tower hotel does not provide, Dowling said, such as the two-bedroom, one-bath units. 

Guests will also be able to use the amenities the Best Western provides. 

“The 16-story hotel with its existing gym, spa and meeting rooms all will be part of the support facility for the five-story hotel,” Dowling said. 

Councilman Myron Frasier asked if the five-story hotel will have a restaurant available to customers. 

Dowling said people staying at the hotel will have access to the Nomad Grill, which is inside the Best Western. The Nomad Grill will also provide a catered breakfast for customers to enjoy. 

Mayor Ken Siver asked about the name of the hotel. 

“Originally, in the plan, this was going to be called a La Quinta,” Siver said. “That’s changed?” 

Dowling said developers are unsure of the name at this time. The hotel is slated to be complete in early 2020, he said. 

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