Hollywood-like Entertainment and Retail Complex to Replace The Met Hotel in Troy
- Sep 19, 2013
By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor
Met Hotel Partners LLC, a subsidiary of Laguna Beach, CA-based New California Hotel Corporation and owner of the former Northfield Hilton Hotel in Troy, and Park Avenue Investments LLC are planning to bring a taste of sunny California to a suburb located just a half-hour’s drive north of Detroit.
The joint venture is investing around $20 million in redeveloping the 17.4-acre property—now serving as The Met Hotel—and creating a mixed-use concept inspired by The Grove, an upscale retail and entertainment complex in downtown Los Angeles. Called LA Square, the development will be located off of the I-75 and Crooks Exit, at 5500 Crooks Road in the City of Troy.
As reported by The Macomb Daily, the developers have retained Krieger Klatt Architects Inc. of Royal Oak to design the project. Phase I has already started with the renovation and expansion of the existing hotel facility. When completed in early 2014, the new hotel will include 192 rooms, two restaurants, a café, and the largest ballroom and meeting space in Oakland County. The hotel, which will be renamed, will also house an art gallery where Detroit artists will be featured.
Phase II of the project will start in April 2014, according to an official statement from the developers. Totaling nearly 170,000 square feet of commercial, retail and office space, LA Square will feature five mid-rise buildings placed along both sides of a pedestrian walkway that will also serve as the hotel access road from Crooks Road. The five buildings, each rising three stories above ground, will include fully furnished luxury condo/hotel units on the top floor.
A new 500-seat amphitheater for performing arts named “Fire and Ice” will be built into the hotel courtyard, so that guests will be able to watch the live shows directly from their rooms. The amphitheater will be used as a concert venue in the summer and a skating rink in the winter, according to the developers.
The 10,000-square-foot site that once served as Charlie’s Crab place will be transformed into a new 5 Diamond Restaurant space that will be leased to a restaurant operator with fine dining restaurant experience in the Detroit area, notes The Macomb Daily.
Rendering of LA Square credits to Krieger Klatt Architects via Facebook