Dearborn, Hyatt to Discuss Ways to Boost Downtown

Dearborn’s Hyatt Hotel and the West Dearborn Downtown Development Authority’s (WDDDA) marketing committee are scheduled to meet Friday to discuss if there might be a way to offer hotel guests a shuttle service into downtown Dearborn.

Doug Friess, the Hyatt’s director of sales & marketing, approached the WDDDA with the idea back in October. The two are scheduled to meet Friday to determine whether such a connection could be made and how best to implement it in an affordable way.

One idea under consideration is to create a shuttle or trolley service between the hotel and downtown west Dearborn. Perhaps Councilman George Darany might consider putting his trolleys back into service.

A link between the Hyatt and downtown Dearborn is one of those ideas where you scratch your head and say, yes, why didn’t someone think of that sooner? Perhaps at some point a shuttle service could even include guests staying at The Ritz, just down the road from the Hyatt.

We think Mr. Friess might be on to something here and this could be a step in the right direction for our downtown. welcomes your views and encourages lively -- but civil -- discussions. Comments are unedited, but submissions reported as abusive may be removed.

13 Responses to “Dearborn, Hyatt to Discuss Ways to Boost Downtown”

  1. dearborn 48128 says:

    What a great simple idea to bring people downtown west dearborn. A stop at the Hyatt and the Ritz would be wonderful. Now we need to just fill some vacant storefronts before the people start getting shuttled.

  2. candymanpat says:

    Doug Friess, the Hyatt’s director of sales & marketing, approached the WDDDA with the idea back in October.
    Boy, nothing like waiting almost 4 months to meet. You woud think they would have tried to do something before Christmas.

  3. Michael D. Albano says:

    The shuttle could also be utilized by offering bargain rate parking in the 2 parking garages in DTWD and bring in some sorely needed income.

  4. David says:

    Nice idea, however keep the City fathers and other politicians out of it, because all they would do is screw it up. Good out of the box thinking, now lets implement it. I think its a winning idea.

  5. homegrown says:

    Too bad the monorail connecting the Hyatt and the Fairlane Mall was taken out 25 years ago. The WDDDA and the Town Center could have tried to get stimulus money and extend the monorail to downtown West Dearborn from the Hyatt, or the newly proposed Convention Center. Isn’t the Hyatt going into foreclosure?

  6. Bill says:

    It is a good idea. The catch is what will draw folks from the Hyatt and Ritz to west Dearborn? Is there enough of an attraction to shuttle folks from the hotels to west Dearborn? What will keep them coming back? Moreover, is there something for residents of Dearborn to look forward to?

  7. 48124 says:

    In normal cities, hotels have a free shuttle that typically operates in a 2 mile radius….I cant believe the Hyatts manager actually appraoched the WDDDA??

    Erase the date of this story, beacuase in a year we will be reading the same thing.

  8. becki kain says:

    i think this is great !

  9. Darren says:

    This is a great idea!

  10. oldalldayschoolmom says:

    Receiver Takes Over Hyatt Regency Dearborn

    Thursday, 10 December 2009
    Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc., which last month said it had defaulted on a $29.1 million mortgage on its Hyatt Regency Dearborn hotel, said the property has been transferred to a court-appointed receiver.

    As a result, it is no longer liable to continue paying the debt, which was securitized through GS Mortgage Securities Corp. II, 2004-C1. The Dallas hotel REIT said it has been cooperating with the deal’s special servicer, CWCapital Asset Management, for a consensual foreclosure of the debt or a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure.

    The 14-story property at 600 Town Center Drive has 772 rooms and was constructed in 1976. Ashford had acquired an 85 percent stake in the property as part of its 2007 purchase of hotels from CNL Hotels & Resorts. It subsequently bought the remaining stake in the hotel in a deal that valued the property at $50 million.

    The transfer of the hotel to a receiver eliminates all remaining debt maturities Ashford would have faced next year. It faces only $229 million of maturities in 2011.

    Comments? E-mail Orest Mandzy or call him at (215) 504-2860, Ext. 211.

    Copyright ©2009 Commercial Real Estate Direct, a service of FM Financial Publishing LLC. All rights reserved.

  11. Jimmy says:

    Lapita has agreed to host the shuttles in front of their establishment, since it is the areas biggst draw and most succesful restaurant.

  12. Paul Mastrogiacomo says:

    If the Hyatt wants to run a shuttle they should just do it. I agree with you 48124, if they rely on the WDDDA we’ll be seeing the same story next year.

  13. pdmom says:

    Let’s hope they do not shuttle all the crime from the Hyatt to West Deaborn. There is plenty going on in the bar district that the residence need to be awakened to. Plenty of fights, knives and guns there on the weekends. Dearborn residents need to be vigilant in protecting our area. Perhaps a report on who is frequenting the Hyatt these days would be helpful. Lets see what we can draw to the Hyatt before we begin shuttling their problems to West Dearborn.