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May 23, 2016

An adaptive reuse project currently underway will transform Detroit's historic Metropolitan Building into an upscale mixed-use development anchored by the city's first Element hotel, brand parent Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced today.

Launched in 2008, Starwood's environmentally friendly Element Hotels brand uses sustainable materials, daylighting, low-flow faucets, energy-efficient appliances, and other green measures.

The brand's Detroit location, Element Detroit at the Metropolitan Building, will open in July 2018 with 110 guest rooms, a 24-hour fitness center, a swimming pool, an outdoor rooftop patio, and 2,000 square feet of meeting space. Complimentary bikes will be available for guests' use.

"The new Element will help meet demand for high-caliber extended-stay lodging in downtown Detroit, as well as address the growing demand for business and leisure travel to downtown, particularly given its close proximity to the city's top entertainment attractions," said David Di Rita of the Roxbury Group, the hotel's owner and developer, along with joint-venture partner Means Group. "With its historic appeal, smart design, and diverse offerings, Element Detroit at the Metropolitan Building will serve an important role in the growth of the city and in our ongoing drive to preserve the city's architectural gems."

When it opened in 1925, the 14-story neo-gothic Metropolitan Building was a jewelry emporium housing diamond cutters, goldsmiths, and silver workers, as well as retail space. Developers are currently restoring the building's exterior and completing a top-to-bottom renovation of its interior which will preserve elements of the original lobby and mezzanine.

"We look forward to introducing Element to Detroit with this exciting adaptive re-use project that will retain the historic charm of the Metropolitan Building, while turning it into a sleek and stylish destination for travelers visiting the 'Motor City,'" said Brian McGuinness, senior vice president of specialty select brands at Starwood.