Construction will commence soon on a stylish 227-room hotel in Corktown featuring a rooftop lounge, 5,500-square-foot ballroom, lobby bar, and a ground-floor chef-run restaurant.
The developers, Oxford Capital Group and Hunter Pasteur, plan to start this week at The Godfrey Hotel Detroit at 1401 Michigan Ave. between Trumbull and Eight Street.
The seven-story hotel is scheduled to open in 2023 and provide 160 to 200 part-time and full-time jobs with health insurance and a minimum wage of $ 17 an hour. An additional 200 to 300 jobs will also be created in construction. At least 25% of the work will go to Detroiters, the developers said.
“We are excited to achieve this important milestone as we continue our strategic investment, development and acquisition activities domestically while growing our Godfrey lifestyle hotel brand across the country,” said John W. Rutledge, Founder, President and CEO of Oxford Hotels & Resorts. LLC and Oxford Capital Group LLC, said in a statement. “Since my student days at the University of Michigan, I have been observing Detroit closely and have been impressed by the remarkable transformation that has occurred downtown. We look forward to joining this momentum and bringing an impressive physical product as well as Oxford’s unique hospitality brand to this beautiful and dynamic city where Detroit and the country continue their post-pandemic recovery for years to come. ”
The hotel will include The I | Or Rooftop Lounge, which the developers bill as “Detroit’s largest indoor / outdoor rooftop lounge with expansive views of downtown Detroit and Corktown.”
“Corktown has become synonymous with phenomenal food and drink and is home to an emerging business hub,” said Randy Wertheimer, president and CEO of Farmington Hills-based Hunter Pasteur. “The Godfrey Hotel will fill a real need in this neighborhood, and we are very excited to bring this national hotel brand to our hometown. We hope Godfrey will become a staple of the city and community of Corktown, not only because of the hotel, but also because of the exciting food and drink venues we are developing, including the lobby bar, restaurant, lounge at the rooftop and ballroom, which we hope will all become major destinations for locals and travelers to Detroit. ”