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First Martin submits site plan for hotel in downtown Ann Arbor
By Lizzy Alfs. April 03, 2014.

First Martin Corporation is moving forward with plans to build a hotel in downtown Ann Arbor.

The Ann Arbor real estate company submitted a site plan this week for a 110-room extended-stay hotel on the northeast corner of Huron and Ashley streets.

First Martin owns the property, which is occupied by the Greyhound bus depot and Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Plans call to construct a seven-level, mixed-use retail and hotel development, which would incorporate the bus depot facade and sign into the design. First Martin hasn't confirmed which national hotel brand it's looking to bring to Ann Arbor.


There are no plans for onsite parking for the hotel. Instead, First Martin has indicated parking could be provided in the adjacent 829-space Ann and Ashley parking garage, the 45-space Main and Ann parking lot, or the 167-space parking lot directly across from the hotel site on the so-called Brown Block owned by First Martin.

First Martin is working with architects Zivic & Hurdle and Hobbs & Black. The design team altered the plans slightly after attending a Design Review Board meeting in January.

Design changes include:
  • Four vertical elements were removed on the West Huron Street elevation, above the bus depot facade and sign
  • The primary entrance to the ground-floor retail area was relocated to the corner of North Ashley and West Huron
  • More brick was incorporated into the base of the building
  • There will be permanent canopies at the hotel, retail area and bus station facade
“The design team will further research the characteristics of the “Art Moderne” style and translate them into more contemporary context of our building. The goal will be to subtly introduce similar materials and referential horizontal elements above and beside the preserved facade,” the plans say.
So basically, the rendering that's apart of this article is old and doesn't reflect the current design changes.
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