DETROIT-The Pick-Fort Shelby Hotel, a once-dead tower in the city’s Downtown, will be reborn sooner than expected. While developers originally estimated early 2009 as the open date for the $82 million renovation into a hotel and apartment building, company officials are announcing that the hotel will begin renting rooms Dec. 1.

The 92-year-old property, which has been vacant for 10 of those years, is being redeveloped by a team led by Emmett Moten, the former chief of development under former Mayor Coleman Young. Originally the project was to include more than 60 apartments, but the number of units has reportedly been knocked down to 52.

In the 22-story building, the bottom 10 floors will be the Hilton Doubletree Guest Suites Fort Shelby. Plans also changed here, says a spokesman for the hotel. “We now have 203 guest suites going in, one of the VIP suites was changed into a concierge lounge on the 10th floor, that can sit as many as 70 people,” the spokesman tells

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