$94M David Whitney Building Redevelopment Brings Apartments, Hotel to Detroit Hotspot

The redevelopment of Detroit landmark The David Whitney Building is now complete, after more than three years in the making. Following an investment of $94.5 million, the now fully-renovated structure features 108 apartments at The Residences and a 136-key Aloft hotel.

David Whitney Building Historic Atrium

The redevelopment of Detroit landmark The David Whitney Building is complete. Following an investment of $94.5 million, the now fully renovated structure features 108 apartments at The Residences and a 136-key Aloft hotel, reports Crain’s Detroit Business.

According to Crain’s, the redevelopment project kicked off in 2011, when the property was picked up for $3.3 million by Whitney Partners LLC, a joint venture comprised of The Roxbury Group and VOS Hospitality, a division of Trans Inns Management Inc. At that point, the 1915-built structure, located in one of Detroit’s hot spots, 1553 Woodward Avenue, had been sitting vacant for over a decade. As previously reported, the project was funded by $82.5 million secured by The Roxbury Group and $8.5 million granted by the Michigan Strategic Fund. Renovation work included restoring exterior design elements removed in the 1950s and the four-story lobby with its glass atrium. VOS Hospitality, the lifestyle boutique arm of Trans Inns, will manage the hotel and apartments as well the property’s retail/restaurant space, located at street level.

Occupying floors two through nine, the Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney marks the brand’s debut in Motor City. The recently opened Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. franchise features 136 loft-style rooms at an affordable price. Amenities include eight meeting rooms totaling 6,670-square feet of flexible meeting space, a business center, 24-hour fitness center, Aloft’s signature W XYZ bar, billiards, bowling and on-site parking.

Located on the building’s top nine floors, The Residences comprise 108 apartments featuring high-end finishes such as stainless steel appliances, ceramic tile, hardwood floors and granite countertops. Units include one- , two- and three-bedroom apartments. Residents can enjoy access to amenities such as a fitness center, business center, covered parking, storage units, private elevator, housekeeping, valet parking, catering and 24-hour security.  According to Crain’s Detroit Business, all units are occupied, with a waiting list in place. Residents will start moving in beginning in January in a phased manner.

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