Aloft destined for lower floors of Detroit's David Whitney Building

Plans to redevelop the David Whitney Building in downtown Detroit are moving along as Starwood Hotels' botique hotel chain Aloft signed on to occupy the lower floors of the 19-story skyscraper on Woodward Avenue.

Beyond the hotel, plans call for 108 residential units on the top nine floors of the David Whitney Building. Developers are seeking historic preservation and brownfield tax credits to finance the $82 million project, and the Free Press reports the Michigan Economic Growth Authority is expected to hear their request this week.

The building, designed by Chicago-architect Daniel Burnham and named after local lumber baron David Whitney Jr., first opened in 1915 but has been vacant for more than a decade.

Combined with redevelopment at the 34-story Broderick Tower, Woodward Avenue at Grand Circus Park could soon be home to hundreds of new living spaces. And local companies are offering incentives for their employees to live there.

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