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Troy Planning Commission says yes to Hyatt Place Hotel

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published December 23, 2019

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TROY — During the last meeting of the year, the Troy Planning Commission approved plans for a luxury hotel on just over 4 acres on Crooks Road, south of Big Beaver Road.

The Planning Commission voted unanimously Dec. 10 to approve the special use and preliminary site plans submitted by developer Dennis Bostick for a six-story, 140-room Hyatt Place Hotel; a 232-seat, 8,538-square-foot Ford’s Garage restaurant; and a five-level parking structure.

A special use is needed for hotels in the Big Beaver form-based zoning district, which promotes flexibility with land use relationships, including higher density and vertically integrated mixed-use commercial, office and residential towers.

Bostick also owns and operates the Troy Sports Center, on the north side of Big Beaver Road, at John R Road.

Ron Wilson, the CEO of Hotel Investment Services, told the Planning Commission that when he spoke to them in March 2018, he told them that the Troy market could sustain three to five more hotels, and five have since been approved — two Hiltons, two Marriotts and one Holiday Inn.

“I also said, ‘If you can get a Hyatt Place, do it,’” he said.

Wilson explained that Bostick hired him to do a feasibility study on the property on which the five-story Huntington Bank building sits. Wilson said he told Bostick that “really, only one hotel works” on the property: a Hyatt Place.

“If you can get a Hyatt Place, approve it. It’s a gateway to the city. It’s a legacy name and a powerful draw for social and business contacts. I think this project works well in a crowded field,” Wilson said. He said the structure would be steel and concrete, no wood.

He said there is a Hyatt Place Detroit on Main Street in Royal Oak and a Hyatt House close to Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak.

“It is truly an amazing product,” he said. He said his company would run the hotel and pursue a four-diamond rating, as the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester and the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham have.

Ben Carlisle, of Carlisle/Wortman Associates, the city’s planning consultant, said OHM Advisors, the city’s engineering and traffic consultant, reviewed the parking study Bostick provided and did not recommend approval of the plans, due to incomplete information in the traffic study.

Carlisle said that pedestrian connections, lighting reductions, and landscaping along the front of the parking structure were some of the other things that had to be addressed.

“We support the significant investment along Big Beaver,” Carlisle said. He said they did not recommend approval, but rather a public hearing and postponement to allow the applicant to address the noted items.

Nobody spoke during the public hearing.

“It’s a real marquis project,” Bostick said. “We believe nothing is insurmountable. We’ll build whatever is determined to be needed. I think it’s a wonderful project. We will work with city staff.”

Community Development Director R. Brent Savidant said the city has a history with the developer, the engineering team and the consultants on the project.

“The things we are looking at are very clear. We’ll be able to provide clear direction to the applicant.”