ANN ARBOR, MI — Developers want to demolish an existing hotel to make room for a new one with a restaurant, but the Ann Arbor City Council on Monday postponed a decision until August.
The site at 3611-3621 Plymouth Road now has two Red Roof Inn structures and a shuttered Big Boy restaurant on it. Developers aim to raze one of the hotel buildings for a new six-story, 126-bed Hampton Inn, along with an adjoining drive-through Panera Bread restaurant at 3611 Plymouth Road.
One of the existing Red Roof buildings will remain, city records show. Council voted 10-1 on July 20, to approve a rezoning of the site but postponed consideration of the development plan for a second reading in August.
Doraid Markus of Birmingham-based Markus Management LLC in March 2019 proposed the new development, which would include a solar panel array on the rooftop, but needed rezoning of the property in order to increase the maximum height and property setback, city records show.
The maximum height limit is four stories and 55 feet and the proposed hotel is six stories and a little more than 65 feet. Markus Management also seeks to remove the 25-feet maximum setback in exchange for maintaining 30% open space and â€śproviding partial power to the site using solar panelsâ€ť covering at least 45% of the new hotelâ€™s roof, and 25% of the restaurantâ€™s roof, city records show.
Markus owns the 3621 Plymouth property under A2 Hospitality Property, LLC, which was purchased for $9 million in March 2018, records show. The Big Boy was last purchased in July 2018 for $3,050,000, also under A2 Hospitality, LLC.