An artist’s rendering shows the southeast view of the proposed hotel at Woodward Corners by Beaumont, near Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road.

An artist’s rendering shows the southeast view of the proposed hotel at Woodward Corners by Beaumont, near Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road.

Image provided by the city of Royal Oak


Beaumont announces Hyatt House hotel to open in 2021

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published February 11, 2020

 At a press event Feb. 4, Beaumont Health Chief Operating Officer Carolyn Wilson talks about the five-story Hyatt House extended-stay hotel.

At a press event Feb. 4, Beaumont Health Chief Operating Officer Carolyn Wilson talks about the five-story Hyatt House extended-stay hotel.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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ROYAL OAK — On Feb. 4, Beaumont Health announced that construction will begin this year on a Hyatt House extended-stay hotel located in its Woodward Corners development at Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road.

Carolyn Wilson, the executive vice president and chief operating officer at Beaumont Health, said the hospital executed final agreements on the deal Jan. 14. She said the process took longer than anticipated, but the hospital wanted to offer guests and patients the best experience possible.

The five-story hotel will include 128 apartment-style guest rooms. Pedersen Development Co., of Boulder, Colorado, will finance and develop the project. Olympia Hotel Management, of Portland, Oregon, will manage the hotel.

Wilson said the hospital sent out a survey about what the hospital needs, and two of the major items were a grocery store and a hotel. Woodward Corner Market, a 40,000-square-foot grocery store operated by Meijer, opened Jan. 29.

“We’ve been working on (the hotel) and negotiating for probably a year. We wanted to be absolutely sure we had the right developer, the right (hotel) and then the right management company,” Wilson said. “We really wanted a close relationship, because the hotel is a reflection of us.”

She said Beaumont entertained the idea of developing its own hotel, but ultimately worked to find a compromise.

“We didn’t want the standard one-size-fits-all hotel,” she said. “We want Woodward Corners to be unique.”

Scott Pedersen, of Pedersen Development Co., said the hotel is designed to serve the needs of the hospital, as well as the greater Royal Oak community.

“Hospitals, mixed-use developments and hotels all have great synergy, and they feed off each other,” Pedersen said. “We’re privileged to be selected by Beaumont. … We’ve been furiously working on our architectural engineering documents and starting to submit to the city for building permits in April, with construction starting hopefully in the beginning of May.”

He said the construction timeline is approximately a year, with the hotel ready to receive guests in June 2021.

John Schultzel, of Olympia Hotel Management, said his company looks for projects that have a mission or specific endeavor in mind.

“As a hospitality company, I think one of the things we look for that really lends itself to this project is the marriage of hospital and hospitality,” Schultzel said. “It gives the operating team the unique opportunity to care and provide a higher level of service than what is seen in the traditional hotel project.”

On Dec. 9, the Royal Oak City Commission approved an amended agreement with Beaumont Health. The revised plan called for 128 rooms instead of 100, a height of 60 feet instead of 75 feet, and 8,000 square feet of non-lodging floor area instead of 10,000 square feet.

A bridge and tower are also proposed for the hotel’s west side, but the bridge connecting the hotel to the hospital will not be constructed until a later date. The revised planned unit development does not include the design and placement of the bridge.

The $38.2 million, 117,000- square-foot Woodward Corners development stands on the site of the former Northwood Plaza shopping center. It previously housed a Kroger, a strip mall and a giant parking lot. Beaumont has owned the property since the 1980s.

Woodward Corners includes the grocery store, the hotel and a shopping center with six buildings. It will connect to the Beaumont Hospital campus via walking paths, and the area will include green spaces, landscaped gardens and community gathering areas.

“Obviously, putting 128 rooms on one of the busiest corridors in Michigan is great. It brings more people into the city and also brings more people to this fantastic development,” said Royal Oak Economic Development Manager Todd Fenton. “It’s really fleshed out over the last year with a lot of the tenant announcements, and I know there’s a lot of excitement for the market.”

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