Mayors Focus on Future in Annual Address

Southfield Mayor Ken Siver speaks at the State of the City address. Photo by Erin Sanchez

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — It could have been demolished.

But it wasn’t.

During the annual State of the City address March 20 at Best Western Premier Hotel on Telegraph Road, Southfield Mayor Ken Siver reminded the elected officials and community members in attendance that the room they were sitting in could easily have been imploded if it wasn’t for a recent redevelopment effort.

“This property — we honestly thought it was going to be imploded,” Siver said. “No one is going to come here and save this property.”

Previously, the event had been held at the Westin Hotel-Southfield. The change in location highlights Southfield’s development efforts over the last few years, officials said.

In August 2015, the Southfield City Council unanimously approved a plan from a New Zealand investment group for a Commercial Exemption Certificate to rehabilitate the Best Western, formerly the Holiday Inn Hotel.

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