Former upscale Detroit hotel plans reopening

DETROIT (AP) — A 25-story Detroit hotel that once was an upscale attraction is expected to reopen this spring as a Crowne Plaza hotel.

The Detroit News reports ( ) Wednesday that a Mexican developer bought the downtown building last year. The 371-room former Pontchartrain Hotel had been controlled by a court-appointed receiver since 2009 after it went into foreclosure.

Built in 1965, the hotel near Cobo Center last operated as the Detroit Riverside Hotel.

The opening comes as Cobo Center undergoes a nearly $300 million renovation that will add 22,500 square feet of exhibition space and other amenities. Cobo is home to the North American International Auto Show each January.

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