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Wyandotte Officials Approve Plan for Downtown Hotel

Developers plan to invest nearly $2 million to turn the Sears Building into a 33-room boutique hotel.

By early 2014, a prime piece of property that's sat vacant for a decade in downtown Wyandotte should be transformed into a luxurious hotel.

Ken and Rebecca Wickenheiser, who own Hotel Sterling in Monroe, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"proposed-wyandotte-hotel-would-resemble-monroe-s-hotel-sterling"} -->, plan to invest nearly $2 million to convert the Sears Building at the corner of Biddle and Maple into Hotel Sterling Wyandotte, modeled after their Monroe business.

Just Sayin! September 18, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Looks like all we need now is a Public marina.
yanddot September 18, 2012 at 11:49 AM
I'm so glad this was approved. I can't wait until it opens. My family is spread out in five different states, now they will have a great place to stay. It doesn't get better than downtown Wyandotte. The river, museum, food, bars, coffee shops, bakery, shopping, all within walking distance. Revenue for the city, convenient upscale hotel, win - win!
Sharon September 18, 2012 at 01:02 PM
How is a bathroom "luscious"? I could see luxurious, but luscious makes me think of ripe fruit and that just doesn't conjur up images of bathrooms to me. Perhaps I'm not understanding the "boutique lingo". Anyway, I wish them great success!
Beth September 18, 2012 at 02:08 PM
How can you not have workers after hours... That sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. What if the computers go down? What if your toilet gets clogged in the middle of the night?
Jason Alley (Editor) September 18, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Thanks for catching that typo, Sharon. While the hotel does offer complimentary refreshments, like fresh fruit, in each room, I'm not sure it's intended to be eaten in the bathroom.
Jason Alley (Editor) September 18, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Hey, Beth. The Monroe hotel also is not regularly staffed at night. Seems to be commonplace for this type of establishment. Some of the guests in Monroe talk about their experiences with it in their reviews of the place. Check out http://patch.com/bvdNC to read some of those reviews. I found them pretty interesting.
Beth September 18, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Thanks Jason - I'll check this out.
Kristen mastro September 18, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Sounds like a big disaster waiting to happen and a great place for some common trash to hang out!! I can only see bad things in the future with this happening.
Dawife Eldredge September 18, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Common trash probably doesn't have eighty five bucks a day for making you miserable
Janette Walter September 18, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Boy o boy why so negative people? This is awesome wish it was open sooner for my guest for my wedding! Would u rather it sit empty?? And seriously we get trash anyways no matter if its a hotel or not!!
Dawife Eldredge September 18, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Hey Janette I agree with you 100%.
LW September 18, 2012 at 07:01 PM
What about parking? What parking spaces are they going to be using up? They need to build a parking structure with the building or there will be a parking problem.
Jason Alley (Editor) September 18, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Hey, LW. The guests will be utilizing the existing on-street parking, as well as nearby public lots. In case you missed it, here's a previous story that addresses your question: http://patch.com/A-xC10. The parking issue will now go before the city's Planning Commission for a public hearing. If you have feelings one way or the other about the parking aspects of the plan, the Planning Commission would be a great place to make them known.
Janet Ellis Elling from Minnesota September 19, 2012 at 12:17 AM
It's about time for a hotel downtown. Can't wait to stay there instead of the chains on Northline!! Just wish it would have been there 10 years ago.
Pete September 19, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Umm....er...What?!?!
KC September 19, 2012 at 05:14 PM
This is a great thing for the area. I don't see why people are negative. What do you want to do, leave it empty for another 10 years?

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