Marriott hotel planned for Auburn Hills

Auburn Hills' draw as a destination for corporate visitors is leading to the opening of a new hotel -- a $4.6 million Marriott property that will boost the city's property tax revenue and give Oakland County visitors and tourists another lodging option.

The Marriott TownePlace Suites will be built near the Great Lakes Crossing outlet shopping center on I-75 and will have 80 rooms in a three-story building. The opening date is set for sometime in 2014.

It will replace a closed Borders bookstore west of Baldwin road and north of Great Lakes Crossing Drive and be near a Holiday Inn Express and a Hampton Inn, all projects of Michigan hotel developer Basil Bacall.

Stephanie Carroll, a spokesperson for the city of Auburn Hills, says the city has about 2,100 hotel rooms to house visitors, but a Marriott option was missing.

"So many people are looking especially for Marriott," she says, "And because of our corporate presence in Auburn Hills we get people who come here and need to stay a month. They need an extended stay and a mid-priced hotel."

"The story here," she says, "is Mr. Bacall continues to invest in this community."

Writer: Kim North Shine
Source: Stephanie Carroll, coordinator of community relations and legislative affairs, city of Auburn Hills