Hotel renovation projects by nature are disruptive to guests and the everyday operation of a hotel. Although necessary in order for a hotel to remain competitive and to maintain their franchise affiliation hotels must renovate and uphold a certain level of standard. Many hotel owners are hesitant to renovate because they have to close completely or at least a portion of the property.

State and City of Detroit officials have approved $6.1 million in economic development incentives to turn a 13-story residential hotel in downtown Detroit Michigan that recently housed lower and moderate-income tenants into an upscale Hilton hotel. The development group, Downtown Hospitality Detroit LLC, is planning a $50-million renovation of the old Park Avenue House, 2305 Park Ave., to turn it into a 172-room Tapestry Collection by Hilton hotel featuring a first-floor restaurant and a cafe.

Developer NexGen Hotels is planning to build a $16 million, 107-suite hotel a few miles from O’Hare Airport. The company will build a 63,000 square-foot Home2 Suites by Hilton that will open in the summer of 2022 at 1700 S. Higgins Road in Des Plaines Illinois. Groundbreaking is planned for April 2021. NexGen Hotels Principal is Chris Patel. Origination Design is the architect, and Genuine Hospitality Group will manage the hotel.

City council approved a site plan for developers to move forward on redeveloping the Red Roof Plus in Ann Arbor Michigan. The property on 3611-3621 Plymouth Road has two Red Roof hotel structures and a Big Boy restaurant. Developers plan to demolish one of the hotel buildings for a new six-story, 126-bed Hampton Inn and an adjoining drive-thru Panera Bread restaurant at 3611 Plymouth Road.

The new owners of the historic Pantall Hotel in Punxsutawney Pennsylvania have plans to completely renovate the property and restore it to a high end boutique hotel. The property was recently purchased by Speakeasy Enterprises LLC and Duffel LLC. The project is in the very begging planning phase. Jessica Duffell is the principal of the ownership group.  The first steps they are taking is to evaluate the building and clean it out. The parking lot behind the building has been fenced off with a dumpster inside.