Dahlmann seeks to expand Campus Inn conference center space in downtown Ann Arbor
The Dahlmann Campus Inn could be giving up one amenity in favor of expanding much-sought conference space in downtown Ann Arbor.
Owner Dennis Dahlmann submitted a plan to the city planning department today, seeking to remove the existing outdoor pool at the hotel at 615 E. Huron.
In place of the pool and surrounding deck, Dahlmann wants to build about 3,325 square feet of conference space adjacent to the hotel’s existing ballroom.
“(It will) make the ballroom that much bigger,” said Alexis DiLeo, city planner assigned to the proposal.
The filing, dated today, comes days after Ann Arbor officials narrowed the pool of development proposals for the Library Lot.
Two proposals still being considered include hotel rooms and at least 30,000 square feet of conference center space for the city’s property north of the downtown branch of the Ann Arbor District Library.
The Campus Inn has five meeting rooms, with total capacity of 200, according to promotional materials from the Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The ballroom and pool are on the second level of the hotel, DiLeo said.
The plans will not add to the building’s footprint, she added. In addition to the expanded conference space, the proposal calls for constructing a new stairway for emergency access.
The added capacity would seat an extra 150 people in a traditional conference room. Ben Dalhmann, the company’s vice president, declined to provide specifics on how the space will be used.
Among other Ann Arbor area hotels:
- The Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest in Ypsilanti Township has 30 meeting rooms with a total capacity of 1,000.
- The Four Points by Sheraton by Briarwood has 15,000 square feet of conference space with the ability to seat 600 at one event.
- Weber’s, on the west side of town, has 12 meeting rooms with a total capacity of 800.
- The Holiday Inn North Campus has 13 meeting rooms with a total capacity of 400.