The Detroit Fire Department is transferring operations to the new Public Safety Headquarters, but that shouldn't spell a period of prolonged vacancy for their former headquarters downtown. Though the sale must still be approved by City Council, a group of investors called 21 Century Holdings recently picked up the property for $1.25M. They're hoping to turn the 1929 building into a 75-80 room boutique hotel with the help of Aparium Hotel Group, a company that boasts having built the world's first hotel catering specifically to motorcycle enthusiasts. This new hotel would face stiff competition for Cobo convention-goers from the freshly-purpled Crowne Plaza (formerly the Pontchartrain) just next door, which plans on opening this spring after major renovations.
· Hotel on the Registry for Historic Firehouse Site [Crain's]
· Detroit Fire Department's downtown HQ for sale [M-Live]