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VIDEO: Old hotel imploded across from Fox 2 News

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) -

The walls in the newsroom at Fox 2 shook as an old hotel was demolished across the street. 

The remnants of the hotel that used to be a popular place for weddings, are located at the corner of Rutland Drive and Nine Mile Road, right around the corner from Northland Mall and directly across from WJBK Fox 2.

The implosion created a huge plume of dust that billowed to the surrounding businesses nearby, offering an eery ground fog against a bright blue September sky.

In the video recorded from Fox 2's broadcast tower, you can see cars turning onto Rutland Drive from the Oakland Community College campus.

Imagine the surprise the drivers must have felt as the blast-plume from the collapsing hotel came toward them.

Several different hotel chains set up camp at this location, including Sheraton and Ramada Inn.  The bar "Yesterdays" was a major Southfield hot spot. 

The happy hour crowd was a who's who of business people and yuppies.

Mel Ball and Colors often played there in the 70's and 80's.  A number of great local bands got their start there too.

The last several years the building sat vacant, looking worse each year as the Michigan weather stripped away the once colorful facade.

Fox 2 is working to find out what will be done with the property.  From the looks of things, more implosions will be needed to knock out the rest of the rooms.

We'll keep our cameras rolling and maybe pull the bulletin boards off the walls.  Anyone have a spare hard hat?

Here's an e-mail sent from a Fox 2 viewer: 

Dennis,

That hotel held a lot of memories for me, especially Yesterday's Lounge.

It's where I met my wife Glinda, who managed the lounge at the hotel.

It's the place that many of us former EDS'ers stayed in the 80's when GM bought EDS and the infamous Ross Perot-Roger Smith debates began.

It's also where the ‘49ers stayed when they beat the Bengals in Super Bowl XVI at the Silverdome in 1982.

Yesterday's was also a hangout for Joe Weaver and many of the Fox 2 staff.  It was also the place where the drug reps wined and dined the doctors from Providence Hospital.

Yesterday's was the place to be when the hotel first opened.

But like so many things, it's time had passed.

Here's to a new beginning for tomorrow from the home of Yesterday's.

Nick Fragale

 

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