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Mixed-Use Project at Former Fresard Site

400 to 460 North Main Street

On Monday, Aug. 14, the Royal Oak City Commission approved amendments to a mixed-use development on the former Jim Fresard Pontiac- Buick-GMC. The project includes a hotel, a mixed-use building with multiple-family dwelling units and an off-street parking deck.

The original site plan for the 3.5 acre project was approved by the planning commission in 2013. An amended site plan was then approved by the planning commission in 2014 before the project was forwarded to the city commission. The original development agreement was approved by the city commission in 2014 following approval of the amended site plan by the planning commission.

Project Details

  • A six-story, 70.5-foot hotel with 123 lodging rooms on the third through sixth floors, a bar/café within the hotel’s lobby, 1,635 square feet of meeting rooms on the ground floor, a separate restaurant with 4,420 square feet of fAloor area on the ground floor, and 18,000 square feet of office space on the second floor;
  • An eight-story, 92.5-foot mixed-use building with 10,610 square feet for retail sales, office space, or personal services on the ground floor, and 91 multiple-family dwelling units on the second through eight floors (28 studio units, 35 one-bedroom units, and 28 two-bedroom units); and
  • A two-level off-street parking deck with 267 spaces, plus 86 spaces in surface parking lots (353 total parking spaces).

Hotel Construction
Construction of the hotel has begun,

Did you know?

Construction crews found foundation remnants of what is most likely the first Royal Oak high school, built in 1912. (It later became Clara Barton Junior High, which was demolished in 1979.)  Rather than dig deep and haul the former foundations to a landfill, the developers decided to crush the foundations in place.  Machinery onsite sifts through the material and separates the rumble, which will be used in construction.

The hotel is expected to open September 2018. The apartment building is expected to open in the first quarter of 2019.

Trailhead Site
 Machinery onsite sifts through the material and separates the rumble, which will be used in construction.

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