$28M development to turn former Detroit Fire HQ into boutique hotel a go

A Chicago-based hotel group announced its intentions to redevelop a former Detroit Fire Department headquarters building into a 100-room boutique hotel with a restaurant and retail, reports Michigan's M Live. No brand was mentioned for the $28-million project by Aparium Hotel Group. 

The hotel is scheduled to open in late 2015.

The company said it plans to integrate the former fire department building, constructed in 1929, with the adjacent structure that once housed the Pontchartrain Cellars restaurant.


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On the ground floor, the company said it plans to open a Detroit-themed restaurant in the former fire engine hall as well as retail that will “showcase Detroit through the collaboration with Detroit- and Michigan-based manufacturers and designers.”

“Aparium is honored to play a role in the important resurgence of Detroit,” company CEO Mario Tricoci said in a statement. “We are inspired to be part of making Detroit a city beyond industry – a city of ideas, verve and unmatched enterprise. We are committed to raising the bar and delivering a hotel that captures the true character and hospitality of Detroit. There’s nowhere else we’d rather be.”