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DetroitSky May 24, 2019 10:46 PM

Ann Arbor condos get initial OK after developer agrees to more bicycle parking


ANN ARBOR, MI – Plans for a 10-unit condo building just north of downtown Ann Arbor are headed to City Council.

The Planning Commission voted unanimously this week to recommend approval of “The Garnet” at 325 E. Summit St., after convincing the developer to add more bicycle parking.

The site is located by the Broadway bridges at the northeast corner of Summit and Beakes, a stone’s throw from the Huron River and Border-to-Border Trail.

DetroitSky Jun 29, 2019 2:24 AM

Redico breaks ground on 167-unit multifamily project at prime Ann Arbor site


Redico LLC broke ground this week on a 167-unit, multifamily apartment community in downtown Ann Arbor, shortly after closing on the prime piece of property north of Michigan Stadium.

The Southfield developer assembled a city block of nine properties over the course of two years, according to Dale Watchowski, Redico's president and CEO, who declined to provide investment details. The site is bounded by East Hoover Street, East Davis Avenue, Greene Street and Brown Street.

The multifamily community at 950 Greene St., named Hoover + Greene, is expected to open by spring 2021, according to a news release.

DetroitSky Jul 8, 2019 11:15 PM

High-rise developer buys property from Michigan Theater for $3M


ANN ARBOR, MI – A major real estate deal to make way for a 19-story high-rise behind the Michigan Theater has been completed.

Bloomfield Hills-based Cerca Trova LLC purchased a 0.24-acre property at 514 E. Washington St. from the Michigan Theater Foundation for about $3 million on June 19, developer Howard Frehsee of Cerca Trova said.

City records list the sale price as $2.9 million. Frehsee said that’s because his company already paid $100,000 for some site cleanup, so he considers it a $3 million deal that “took place in two bites.”

The property includes an old car dealership building that in recent years has housed a camera shop and tattoo parlor, as well as bathrooms and office/storage space for the theater.

Part of the Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., extends into the back of the Washington Street building, which the nonprofit theater foundation acquired in 1997.

Cerca Trova, along with Chicago developer CA Ventures, is proposing a mixed-use high-rise to replace the old commercial building and a row of four rental houses behind the theater.

Cerca Trova previously acquired the rental houses from separate owners for more than $4 million.

The high-rise development plans include 241 apartments, including 19 dedicated affordable housing units for low-income tenants, plus 6,000 square feet of commercial space.
The building's site

Fvn Jul 11, 2019 9:30 PM

5-story development on Ann Arbor’s Main Street moving forward

ANN ARBOR, MI – A long-delayed development at the corner of Main and Madison streets is moving forward, the first action in years on the vacant dirt lot where Happy’s Pizza burned down in 2014.

WCD 600 LLC, a company affiliated with Wickfield Properties in Ann Arbor, has broken ground on a five-story, mixed-use building.


Ann Arbor residents suing city over Lower Town development

ANN ARBOR, MI – As a major housing development takes shape along Broadway Street in Ann Arbor’s Lower Town area, the city is facing a lawsuit from concerned neighbors.

Traver Street resident Tom Stulberg and a Lower Town neighborhood group called Ann Arbor Neighbors for Responsible Development filed suit against the city in April, claiming the city improperly rezoned the property in 2017 to allow the development.

DetroitSky Sep 20, 2019 12:01 AM

U-M to build new $920 million hospital on Ann Arbor campus


Michigan Medicine, the academic medical arm of the University of Michigan, will build a new $920-million, 12-story hospital on its Ann Arbor medical campus.

The 690,000-square-foot adult hospital building will house 264 private rooms capable of converting to intensive care, a state-of-the-art neurological and neurosurgical center, high-level specialty care services for cardiovascular and thoracic patients, along with advanced imaging, according to a news release from the school.

U-M's Board of Regents approved the project at its meeting Thursday afternoon.

subterranean Sep 20, 2019 1:23 AM


the urban politician Sep 20, 2019 2:16 PM


264 private rooms capable of converting to intensive care
Being in health care, I find this part intriguing. I wonder if this is the beginning of a new trend?

DetroitSky Oct 26, 2019 1:01 AM

Ground was broken for this project today.

Fvn Jan 8, 2020 5:10 AM

How the F did I miss this.....from August 2019...

9-story hotel proposed on Firestone site in downtown Ann Arbor

A nine-story hotel is proposed to replace the Firestone auto repair shop that has stood at the corner of Huron an Division streets for the better part of the last century.

Several apartment high-rises have risen around the one-story building at 402 E. Huron St. in recent years.

Minnesota-based Mortenson Development Inc. is now proposing tearing it down and adding another new building to the changing downtown skyline: a 160-room “Ann Arbor Campus Hotel.”
Also, there's this neat list of new residential developments since 2000 to present;

Timeline: Ann Arbor’s downtown housing boom and what’s to come

...And of course a Library Lot update; the city has appointed a 'City Task Force' to attempt to come up with a (real) idea... anyway we all know how it's gonna probably end up going. But I did find it funny when they released their 17 conceptual sketches 6 of which look to suggest constructing a building(s) around or on a part of the lot the wasn't designed for vertical expansion (that has to be more expensive, right?). While 10 proposals actually involve building something on top of the structure were intended (not all as tall, but still, better than a park I would think). One actually proposes razing part of the library and putting a tower that looks slightly taller than the Core Spaces development in its spot, which made me LMFAO. Only one looks like its just a park. So it seems like they realize that not using the space as intended is a massive waste, makes 0 sense and is a loss for the local economy. Anyway there's a public feedback session of the concepts on January 15th, we'll see how that goes :rolleyes:

*A couple of extra things and details
-CaVentures/Cerca Trova development should get underway in May.
-MMED Inpatient Tower has no activity on location; still a park.
-If all goes right the New College of Pharmacy building should be underway by the second quarter.
-Landmark Properties development at the old DTE office building on south main (The Standard) should get underway later this summer.

uaarkson Jan 8, 2020 1:08 PM

Man it's crazy how bad some of the architecture in new developments was over the past decade.

DetroitSky Jan 13, 2020 11:29 PM

The Michigan Union reopens in Ann Arbor


ANN ARBOR – The historic Michigan Union reopened to the public on Monday after 20 months of renovations.

The $86.6 million project was prompted by students, who wanted more gathering space for student organizations and study groups.

Long lines formed before the grand reopening and Michigan Union director Amy White said that students were already taking advantage of the space.

jmcilreavy Feb 11, 2020 12:24 PM

Great break down of developments completed, underway and proposed. Not included is additional 12 story building being constructed at U of M hospital. If all future high rises in this piece are a go, A2 could have as many as 10 new 100+ft buildings.

DetroitSky Mar 4, 2020 2:31 AM

I'm happy to hear about the approval, but of course AA's NIMBY problem persists. Why vote in favor of the development if you're not actually for it?

Ann Arbor officials have mixed feelings about latest high-rise plan


ANN ARBOR, MI – While a 10-story high-rise planned for Main Street received near-unanimous approval Monday night, some Ann Arbor council members still had mixed feelings.

Though he joined the majority in voting 8-1 to OK the development March 2, Ali Ramlawi, D-5th Ward, said the project falls short when it comes to affordable housing and environmental sustainability goals.

DetroitSky Oct 7, 2020 12:58 AM

German Chemical Company Plans to Build a $51M Headquarters Near Ann Arbor


A German chemical company is building its $51 million North American headquarters south of Ann Arbor, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Wacker Chemical Corp.’s North American Innovation Center and Regional Headquarters in Pittsfield Charter Township will house its research and development operations and create 70 high-paying, high-skilled jobs over the next five years. A timeline for construction was not disclosed.

“Wacker’s expansion in Michigan means well-paying jobs for Michigan residents and underscores the strength of the state’s advanced manufacturing industry and talented workforce,” says Josh Hundt, chief business development officer and executive vice president at the MEDC.

“This new innovation center and regional headquarters continues to build on Michigan’s R&D leadership and sends yet another strong signal that Michigan’s economic recovery is well underway. We’re pleased that Michigan was chosen over competing sites in other states for this new headquarters facility, and we look forward to working with Wacker as they continue to grow and add jobs in Michigan.”

deja vu Oct 7, 2020 7:21 PM

Wow. That's big news!

deja vu Oct 16, 2020 7:21 PM

A2's Healthy Streets Program that started this Spring is extending into November with additional temporary bike lanes, pedestrian-only zones, and road closures -


Ann Arbor's Healthy Streets program test-drives non-motorized transportation infrastructure
Emily Benda | Second Wave Media
October 14, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted Ann Arbor to block off car traffic lanes to allow for more distanced pedestrian and bicycle traffic, walking and cycling enthusiasts are seeing an opportunity for longer-term change. This summer Ann Arbor implemented a series of pilot projects called the Healthy Streets Program. Areas of downtown were closed off for walking and other streets blocked off lanes to be used as bikeways. After receiving feedback on the program and in partnership with the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority's (DDA) People Friendly Streets project, additional adjustments were made in August to create more temporary bike lanes, walking space, and road closures. The second wave of the pilot will last until Nov. 10, as the city and DDA continue to receive feedback from the public via an online survey...
One of the pilot projects of the program, on Broadway -

deja vu Oct 22, 2020 11:25 PM

There's a lot cookin' in A2 right now. Here are just a few updates -

U of M's new parking deck on Wall Street is nearly complete. This adds 1,100 new parking spaces spread across 7 levels, near central campus & medical campus -
Source: LinkedIn | Spence Brothers

Progress on the 10-story "The Standard" -
Source: LinkedIn | Spence Brothers

A reminder of what this thing will look like (November 2019 Renderings) -
Source: MLive | Myefski Architects

The last concrete deck pour at the Greene Street project (close to the Big House) happened about 1 week ago -

Source: LinkedIn | Spence Brothers

Lastly, an update on the planned downtown commons -

deja vu Oct 27, 2020 1:35 AM

Pittsfield Charter Township -


Wacker Chemical to build regional headquarters near Ann Arbor
Jim Johnson | Crain's Detroit
October 8, 2020

Wacker Chemical Corp. will build a $51 million innovation center and regional headquarters for its North American operations in Pittsfield Charter Township near Ann Arbor.

It is expected to add 70 new jobs, according a news release from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. The new project will be built on a roughly 14-acre site at 4950 S. State St., according to a planning document. Capacity at the new headquarters will be more than 300 employees. This will include workers relocating from Wacker's current regional headquarters in Adrian as well as the new jobs to be created over the next five years...

deja vu Dec 4, 2020 4:34 PM

A portion of S. University Ave. will be closed (for quite a while) to support construction work for Vic Village South. I guess that means this has started construction? Or it's going to start soon? Anyone have any other updates?

deja vu Dec 6, 2020 11:39 PM

Brightdawn Village is back from the dead -


$32M development proposal calls for 120 new condos in southeast Ann Arbor
Ryan Stanton | MLive
November 30, 2020

ANN ARBOR, MI — It’s been over a year since the Ann Arbor City Council voted 7-4 to reject a developer’s rezoning request, blocking plans for a 160-unit apartment complex known as Brightdawn Village on Burton Road. That would have been 40 more units than allowed under existing zoning, with 40 affordable housing units for people earning up to 60% and 80% of the area median income. Lacking support, the project died...
Meh. The large yellow rectangle is the site -
Source: MLive | City of Ann Arbor

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