By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium
BENTON TOWNSHIP — There have been a few changes made to the Marriott Spring Hill Suites Hotel being built in Benton Township.
Building Inspector Tom Baldwin said engineers had to redo some of the footings and foundation of the hotel at 1255 Cinema Way because they did not fall within the township’s ordinances. Baldwin said the project has not been set back, as workers finished installing the underground infrastructure before the ground started to freeze.
“It has been addressed and they are continuing their work,” Baldwin said. “Some of the items in the building itself, as far as the concrete placement, were not within the township’s ordinances. That being said, they had to do some re-engineering to make sure the changes made to the hotel fell within those guidelines. It’s not unusual for something like this to happen.”
Baldwin said township officials “called a timeout” on the project after a few on-site visits were made in December. The township building department ordered the project’s engineers to revise and resubmit documents on what changes were being made.
Baldwin said work on the $8.5 million hotel began Dec. 8, nearly a week after the project received final approval from the Board of Trustees. Work came to a halt to review the foundation about three weeks later.
“I don’t think it was set back,” Baldwin said in reference to the hotel’s date of completion. “They still had all the sanitary, water and plumbing infrastructure put in before it got too cold.”
Harbor Hotel Investments, based in Farmington Hills, is the developer. The hotel will cover about 62,700 square feet and be four stories high with 92 rooms. The site is across the street from the Hilton Garden Inn.
The project has a new architectural firm, Etchen Gumma LTD, also based in Farmington Hills. Baldwin said there have been no changes to the hotel’s site plan above the foundation level, which were originally created by Bud Design and Engineering Services.
Township Clerk Carolyn Phillips said the township is glad the mistake was discovered before too much work was completed.
“The building department was on top of it and had to make sure they were following the ordinances,” Phillips said. “It was important our building officials interceded before they got too far into the project.”
The hotel’s expected date of completion is still set for August 2016.
The hotel made its way through the township’s Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Commission in November for a height variance, before getting final approval at the Dec. 1 Board of Trustees meeting.
(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Jan. 28, 2016)