Historic Metropolitan Building in downtown Detroit returns after 40 years

An iconic downtown skyscraper that has sat empty for decades is getting new life.

Monday evening the historic Metropolitan Building will shine bright after a special public dedication. Guests will be welcomed into the fully restored Great Hall for the first time since it closed nearly 40 years ago.  

The 14-story building has been going through a $30 million renovation after it sat empty since 1979. 

The building will be home to Michigan's first Element Hotel, an extended-stay hotel under the Starwood Collection, which will welcome its first guests in time for the North American International Auto Show.

The landmark property will also feature a rooftop restaurant and bar, as well as ground-floor retail and dining, which will open early next year. Details are forthcoming.