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Hip boutique Aloft Hotel slated for David Whitney Building

Louis Aguilar {sodEmoji.|} The Detroit News

December 12, 2011

Downtown Detroit's surging hotel scene is much closer to getting to get its first boutique hotel — a genre of small, trendy lodgings that often become local hangouts — at the elegant David Whitney Building in Grand Circus Park.

The state's first Aloft Hotel, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, will join the redevelopment of the Daniel Burnham-designed David Whitney that is expected to open by July 2014 with 136 loft-like rooms. The hotel, to be named Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney, will have what Starwood officials describe in a statement as its signature "pioneering initiatives in pop culture, design and technology." That includes a "re:mix lounge" and "w xyzbar" that have helped Aloft hotels earn TripAdvisor's 2011 "Top 10 Trendiest Hotels in the U.S." and "Top 10 Trendiest Hotels in the World" rankings lists.


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Whitney Building gets $8.5M in state grants for renovation

By John Gallagher & Paul Egan {sodEmoji.|} The Detroit Free Press

January 23, 2013

The renovation of the 19-story David Whitney Building in downtown Detroit was awarded a total of $8.5 million in state grants.


For the renovation, Whitney Partners, a commercial real estate development company, was awarded a $1-million Community Revitalization Program performance-based grant and a $7.5-million performance-based loan for the project in downtown Detroit.

The incentives are just one small piece of the total financing going into the project. Developers said it will transform the building into 108 residential apartments and 135 hotel rooms, with retail space on the first floor, and restore access to the Detroit People Mover stop at the building. The project is expected to create 75 permanent full-time jobs and capital investment of $82.5 million.




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