A bit of new info on the new Crowne Plaza Hotel (formerly the Pontch) from Model D, which has uncovered some more renovation details from Stephen Berry Architectural Design. We learn of a shiny new lobby that will be "striking," with a ceiling of gold and silver leaf. Our big, new canopy on Jefferson (with the tusks) will be backlit and white, not purple. However, the biggest news sounds like the mention of ground-floor retail along Jefferson, including a gift shop. It's hard to understand how exactly that would work out in terms of design, but it's a safe bet that Cobo guests would be happy to have a few storefronts in which to warm up.
· Designer to give "Pontch" a whole new look [Model D]
· Hotel Pontchartrain Sprouts Tusks [Curbed Detroit]