Hyatt hotel slated to open on Main Street in fall 2018

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published August 22, 2017

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ROYAL OAK — City commissioners unanimously approved an amended development agreement Aug. 14 that still promises to bring a Hyatt hotel to North Main Street.

The more than $50 million mixed-use project, stretching 3.5 acres from 400 to 460 North Main Street — the former Fresard Pontiac/Buick/GMC dealership — would include the hotel, a mixed-use building with residential housing, and an off-street parking deck.

“You’re going to see a lot of action at that site from here on out,” said Greg Cooksey, managing member of the development group Trailhead RO LLC. “And we’re here. We’re finally here. It’s been 5 1/2 years, and we’re excited.”

Iterations of the development plan have been in the works since 2012. The Planning Commission approved the original site plan for this project in 2013, and approved an amended site plan in 2014.

The original development agreement was approved by the City Commission in 2014, and at that time, the approved project included:

• A six-story, 70.5-foot hotel with 120 rooms on the third through sixth floors, a bar/café in the hotel lobby, a separate 7,420-square-foot restaurant on the ground floor, and 8,190 square feet of banquet facilities and meeting rooms on the second floor.

• A six-story, 70.3-foot mixed-use building with 9,977 square feet of retail sales on the ground level, 10,418 square feet of professional offices on the second level, and 60 multiple-family dwelling units on the third through sixth levels comprising 44 studio units and 16 one-bedroom units.

• A three-level, off-street parking deck with 348 spaces, plus 97 spaces in surface parking lots.

City officials said that since that time, many modifications were made to the plans before the developers applied for building permits, and the Planning Commission approved an amendment to the final site plan July 11. The project now includes:

• A six-story, 70.5-foot hotel with 123 rooms on the third through sixth floors, a bar/café in the hotel lobby, a separate 4,420-square-foot restaurant on the ground floor, 1,635 square feet of meeting rooms on the ground floor, and 18,000 square feet of office space on the second floor.

• An eight-story, 92.5-foot mixed-use building with 10,610 square feet for retail sales, office space or personal services on the ground floor, and 91 multiple-family dwelling units on the second through eighth floors comprising 28 studio units, 35 one-bedroom units and 28 two-bedroom units.

• A two-level, off-street parking deck with 267 spaces, plus 86 spaces in surface parking lots.

“I think the changes are reasonable. I don’t think that there is anything (there that) is objectionable in terms of the amendments,” said City Commissioner Patricia Paruch. “I think that it is based upon business decisions by this developer, in terms of tweaking the development as it approaches actual construction, that are appropriate, so I have no difficulties supporting this amendment.”

The former dealership was razed at the end of 2016. Ongoing construction work can be seen on the site just north of 11 Mile Road. The property is privately owned.

Cooksey said he anticipates that the hotel will open in September of 2018.

On April 16, 2014, the Downtown Development Authority reached an agreement with the development team to provide up to $3 million in tax reimbursements over the next 10 years. The reimbursements would come from the increased taxable value of the site following completion.

“This kind of settles it for the property and maximizes its use and potential all in one swoop, and I think this is going to be good for the community, so I’m happy to support this like I did at the Planning Commission,” said Mayor Michael Fournier.

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