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The David Whitney Building will be renovated and add hotel rooms

Eight years after reopening as a revitalized mixed-use development, the David Whitney Building in downtown Detroit will undergo a rebranding and expansion of its hotel space.

Detroit-based The Roxbury Group announced Wednesday with TreeFort Hospitality the renovation that will bring an Autograph Collection hotel to the One Park Avenue site, along with new food and beverage venues.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.

“Working with Marriott International and our management team at Azul Hospitality, we concluded that downtown Detroit was ready for the level of service and experience that an Autograph Collection hotel would bring – and of course, There’s simply no better place for this to happen than the David Whitney,” Roxbury Group Director Stacy Fox said in a statement Wednesday.

Autograph Collection has 250 independent hotels in 43 countries and territories. It is the first of its hotels in Detroit, officials said.

The David Whitney Building is home to the 136-room Marriot’s Aloft boutique hotel after it reopened in 2014 following a $94 million renovation of the building, which had been vacant for 15 years. The building also has 105 apartments, including 24 units that are expected to be converted into one- and two-bedroom hotel suites during the upcoming renovation.

Work should begin this summer, according to the developer. When completed, the David Whitney building will have 160 rooms and 80 residences.

The project also includes upgrades to the hotel’s lobby bar, atrium lounge and outdoor seating. A restaurant is planned for the building’s Capper & Capper event space at the corner of Woodward and Park Avenues. The Roxbury Group said it plans to announce further plans for the restaurant by the end of the summer.

The David Whitney Building opened in 1915 as a medical practice and retail building. It closed in the late 1990s. In 2011, the Roxbury Group led a partnership to purchase the building, seen as a symbol of Detroit’s theater district revival.

Detroit-based Patrick Thompson Design and Infuz Architects are working on the design of the hotel. Gensler, which has offices in Detroit, is involved in brand identity and O’Brien Construction Company handles construction management. Azul Hospitality, based in San Diego, will continue to manage the hotel.

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