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After Boutique Hotel Falls Through, City Reaches Out to Daly for Plan B

The Wyandotte City Council agreed to sell the old Sears building to a limited liability corporation created by Joseph Daly, who plans a mixed-use project.

The old Sears building at Biddle and Maple will get another shot at life as a mixed-use development as a result of action taken by the Wyandotte City Council. (Patch file photo)
The old Sears building at Biddle and Maple will get another shot at life as a mixed-use development as a result of action taken by the Wyandotte City Council. (Patch file photo)

The old Sears building that was once tabbed for a boutique hotel has a new buyer, Joseph Daly, who says he will transform the downtown eyesore into a mixed-use project.

The Wyandotte City Council voted to sell the building, located at 3061 and 3063 Biddle Avenue, to a Roebuck Residential, a limited liability company Daly, a well-known Wyandotte developer, The News Herald reports.

The sale price was $350,000, the same amount the Downtown Development Authority agreed on when hoteliers Ken and Rebecca Wickenheiser were interested in the property. Their plan to build a boutique hotel, similar to the couple’s Hotel Sterling in Monroe, fell through.

The DDA has been working on various deals to redevelop the old Sears building for two years and had secured $458,000 in grant pledges from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to offset costs.

When the hotel deal fell through, the state money was at risk. That’s when city officials reached out to Daly Real Estate.

The redeveloped property will feature both residential and commercial components.

The DDA acquired the property for $500,000 in 2012 after more than a year of negotiations with the former owners Michael Bozenski and Gary Lamb.
yanddot March 06, 2014 at 08:16 AM
I was so disappointed to hear the hotel deal had fallen through. I have friends and family from 5 different states that come to visit often. They were all looking forward to staying right downtown so they could walk to everything. The only choice now is to stay in Southgate, of course it is more convenient to eat and fuel up near where they are staying. What a loss for Wyandotte. The downtown needs something big to draw people into our quaint historic downtown, otherwise it is nothing more than an out of the way stop. (Maybe 3rd Fridays are good for the businesses, but one day a month is just not enough in MY opinion.)
Sue Thorne March 06, 2014 at 01:23 PM
I am sad to hear that they will not be building the hotel after all. I was really looking forward to it as were a lot of other people. I would think that it would have gotten a lot of business. Very disappointing. :(

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