Reuse of former Wyndham Garden hotel in Sterling Heights takes shape

With a heftier price tag and slightly delayed timeline, work has begun on a $19 million project to redevelop the former Wyndham Garden Sterling Heights into mixed-use development with apartments, retail and office space.

The property called Plato’s Cave, at 34911 Van Dyke Ave., is expected to open this year, said developer Chris Potterpin, co-founder of Los Angeles-based Repvblik LLC.

“We’ve pulled our demo permit and started some interior demolition and construction, and we’re working through our construction timeline,” he said.

Plans had called for the project to be completed by fall of this year, but the effects of COVID-19 pushed things back, Potterpin said.

“We’ve had to look for a few additional (subcontractors), we’ve had to go back and have our bids refined a couple times because of the way prices have been spiking and supply chain issues,” he said. “We’ve been a little bit longer in the bid process than we had been in the past given the construction market today.”

The developer has no plans to seek no federal funding or tax credits. Late last year, they closed on construction financing for the project.

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