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A new 23-unit condo development (referred to as "The Gallery") was approved by City Planning on June 6, and is now headed to the City Council for consideration. The proposed five-story structure would be on the edge of downtown, at the northeast corner of Ashley and Jefferson streets.
  • Architect - J. Bradley Moore & Associates
  • Civil Engineer - Macon Engineering
  • Developer - Alex de Parry of Ann Arbor Builders

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The 90-year-old Inglis House is getting some renewed attention from the city of Ann Arbor...as the article explains, the house used to have local historical protections, but that status was revoked in 2001 through a Michigan Court of Appeals ruling.

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New committee to explore historic significance of UM-owned mansion
By Ryan Stanton | MLive
June 06, 2017

ANN ARBOR, MI - Three local residents in Ann Arbor are going to help the city examine the historical significance of the Inglis House, a four-story mansion sitting on nine acres of property near Nichols Arboretum. The City Council voted unanimously Monday night, June 5, to appoint Patrick McCauley, Greg De Vries and Bridget Bly to serve on a new Inglis House Historic District Study Committee....


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The developer of this potential 600-unit housing project near the UofM Hospital is hoping for several million in tax incentives. It would bring much more density to the neighborhood if approved.

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Developer seeks tax incentives for $146M project near UM hospital
By Ryan Stanton | MLive
June 26, 2017

ANN ARBOR, MI - Plans for a $146 million redevelopment of a long-vacant site along Broadway Street and Maiden Lane are headed to Ann Arbor's Planning Commission for consideration. Before that happens, the city's Brownfield Plan Review Committee is considering an environmental cleanup strategy and a request by the developer for several million dollars in tax incentives.

Chicago-based developer Morningside Lower Town LLC is planning to redevelop the property at 1140 Broadway St.

The development, which includes two seven-story buildings and one six-story building, would add 600 new housing units just up the street from the University of Michigan Hospital. As proposed, it would include 530 apartments, 70 condos, 4,400 square feet of retail space and 573 parking spaces.

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The renderings presented in May have changed somewhat from earlier images shown in February. While the overall massing remains similar, some accent colors have been added and the surrounding streetscape shows more development:

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Dear god get that built. This part of town is seriously underdeveloped.
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A four-unit townhome development was approved this week at the southwest corner of Main and Davis Avenue, near Michigan Stadium. This development will join the Davis Row Condominiums, currently u/c two lots to the west. Eventually, a new residence will fill in the space between both of these condo buildings. The work will require the demolition of a turn-of the century residence at the corner of Main and Davis (904 S. Main). Maven Development and Rueter Associates Architects are behind the three projects.

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Development plans approved for new condos near Michigan Stadium
By Ryan Stanton | MLive
July 05, 2017
Rendering of the new townhouse units:

Image Source: Courtesy of Rueter Associates Architects

Davis Row Condominiums, under construction:

Image Source: Ryan Stanton | The Ann Arbor News

Context Elevation of the new townhouse units (left) and the u/c units (right):

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Old Posted Jul 5, 2017, 12:29 PM
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New LED streetlights will be installed in Downtown beginning this summer:

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Ann Arbor spending $1.1M for new LED streetlights downtown
By Ryan Stanton |MLive
July 05, 2017

ANN ARBOR, MI - The Liberty Street and Kerrytown areas in downtown Ann Arbor are getting new LED streetlights as part of a nearly $1.1 million project funded by city taxpayers. The City Council voted unanimously Monday night, July 3, to approve expenses for the project. That includes a $789,672 contract with Corby Energy Services Inc., plus a $78,967 contingency, for the replacement of several dozen streetlight fixtures along downtown sidewalks, and another $212,175 for 115 new LED globe fixtures from Caniff Electrical Supply.

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New renderings have been released for the Kingsley Condominium development. At first glance I think they're blah, but I think that the interior layouts for some of the units look pretty interesting. The development makes a lot of sense for the area. It will replace a construction contractor's site with residential, and the entire surrounding neighborhood is already residential. Ann Arbor distilling Co. is right across the street. Check out the link below for more images:

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Here's what Ann Arbor's new Kingsley Condos will look like
Ryan Stanton | MLive
July 15, 2017

The Promanas Group, which is working with JC Beal Construction on the Kingsley Condominiums development in Ann Arbor, has released new renderings showing what the condos are expected to look like. Altogether, 51 condos are planned in a five-story building just outside of downtown between Kingsley and Felch streets, west of Ashley Street. So far, 20 of them are reserved. The project is being marketed at KingsleyCondos.com.
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Lot of double-hung windows in that living room:

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St. Joseph Mercy plans $24 million cancer center expansion in Ann Arbor

By JAY GREENE
Crain's Detroit Business
August 14, 2017



St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor is planning to expand its 24-year-old comprehensive cancer center in a $24 million project.

Groundbreaking for the 25,000-square-foot cancer center expansion will begin in September for a planned November 2018 opening.

"This new state-of-the-art facility will help cancer patients and their families by combining the very best in prevention, screening, research, treatment and support all in one location," Dave Brooks, president of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston hospitals, said in a statement. "This significant care delivery redesign will improve patient experience across all of our west market region of Canton, Brighton, Chelsea and Ann Arbor."

The number of cancer patients coming into St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor has tripled to more than 3,400 patients last year from when the Robert H. and Judy Dow Alexander Cancer Center opened in 1993, St. Joseph Mercy officials said. The existing two-story cancer center is 44,000 square feet on the west side of the Ann Arbor campus.



The project calls for St. Joseph Mercy to renovate the cancer center's lower level with a dedicated conference center and research suite and build out the front with a new two-story glass atrium. The patient-centered project, which was planned using a patient advisory board, will feature the latest medical technologies, treatments and enhanced clinical and support services, officials said.
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Grand opening of the Taubman Wing at my alma mater happened today. Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning's graduate program in architecture is ranked among the best in the country. Hopefully this expansion lifts the planning program as well.

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Grand opening of the Taubman Wing at my alma mater happened today. Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning's graduate program in architecture is ranked among the best in the country. Hopefully this expansion lifts the planning program as well.

Will have to check that one out sometime. Was in A2 for the football game yesterday - first time in a while. Even met a few bearcat fans from Cincy. The city (and the Big House) is looking mighty fine!
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Ann Arbor reveals $55M urban trail plan
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September 09, 2017

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) The city of Ann Arbor has unveiled its nearly final plan for a $55 million urban trail. The City Council has voted to approve the distribution of a draft master plan complete with new route maps for the trail, the Ann Arbor News reported. The Treeline trail will be meant for pedestrians and cyclists generally running along the historic alignment of the now-buried Allen Creek and the Ann Arbor railroad tracks that run through the city. The nearly 3-mile trail would include a series of new bridges over city streets and railroad tracks as it makes its way from the Huron River past the west part of downtown and out to the University of Michigan's athletic campus.



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I found more extensive info / imagery at this MLive article (scroll down).
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From a week ago:

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Demolition begins for new 12-story apartment building in Ann Arbor
By Lauren Slagter | MLive
October 31, 2017

ANN ARBOR, MI - Four buildings on South University Avenue, between Church Street and the University of Michigan's campus, are being demolished during the next three to four weeks. The demolition began Monday, Oct. 30, to make way for The Collegian North, a new student apartment high-rise being developed by Hughes Properties..The 12-story development will include 58 apartments with 261 beds, aimed at UM students...
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It's been pretty quiet on this thread - here's some recent development news updates:

1. Construction Progress on "The Yard on South Main" (615 S. Main St.)

Construction is progressing on this 6-story "luxury" off-campus student housing development, spearheaded by Campus Apartments LLC. Completion is estimated for August 2018. Leasing of units has commenced; studios are listed for $1,499 / mo one-bedrooms for $1,899. More renderings, progress photos, and a walkthrough are on the article page, link below:

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November 25, 2017

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2. Hurdles for "The Glen" Mixed-Use Development (between Catherine and Ann streets)

It sounds like this proposal for a mixed use, 9-story hotel, apartment and retail/restaurant block still has a lot of hurdles to clear, including NIMBYs, final City Council approval, Planning Commission traffic concerns, and Historical approval. Initial zoning approval was granted at the 11/20/17 council meeting.

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9-story project on 'unusual site' near UMich medical campus awaits final OK
By Ryan Stanton | MLive
November 21, 2017

ANN ARBOR, MI - Plans for a $40-million, mixed-use development between the University of Michigan's medical campus and downtown Ann Arbor now await final City Council approval. The council voted 10-0 Monday night, Nov. 20, to give initial approval to the zoning needed for the nine-story project planned for a half-acre vacant site at the corner of Glen Avenue and Ann Street. The proposed building includes 162 hotel rooms, 24 apartments and ground-floor restaurant and retail spaces, all atop a 252-space, four-level underground parking garage. The project comes back for a public hearing and final approval on Dec. 18, though there still are traffic-related issues under review...

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3. Local Opposition to 1140 Broadway St. Development Continues

At the same 11/20 council meeting, the city granted the developer of the proposed 1140 Broadway St. development a 2 week extension to respond to neighborhood opposition letters and requested revisions. The amount of opposition letters directly affects how many yes votes are required. It sounds like the developer maybe thought they had enough neighborhood support going into the meeting, but then new opposition letters came out, generating concern that a required 'supermajority' vote would not pass. The $146 million, 8-story development would include a combination of over 600 apartments and condos, plus ground-floor retail. Neighboring residents' concerns range - traffic and parking, height / massing, zoning appropriateness, lack of commercial / retail provisions, etc.

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Ann Arbor gives developer 2 weeks to sell opponents on $146M project
By Ryan Stanton | MLive
November 21, 2017

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4. Council Rejects Developer's Subdivision Plan (2857 Packard Road)

At the same meeting, city council unanimously rejected a developer's proposal for a new 51-home housing subdivision development. The plan proposed removing most of the landmark but oak trees on the site, which are part of a tiny native forest fragment strongly protected under the city's master plan guidelines.

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Ann Arbor speaks for the trees, unanimously rejects development proposal
By Ryan Stanton | MLive
November 21, 2017
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5. The proposed "Collective on 5th"

Older news, but a potentially large development. The IRS audit for federal bonds used to finance the underground parking deck which would support the future Collective on 5th is officially closed. The conclusion of the audit is that the city is in compliance, but a word of caution was issued. More detail can be found under the project thread.

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IRS warns Ann Arbor to be careful with 17-story high-rise deal
By Ryan Stanton | MLive
October 16, 2017

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You want to know how hard it is to develop in the city? Developers have been working on Glen Ann Place for something coming up on 15 years. The previous developer finally sold off the site in 2014, but it appears it's still facing opposition. The neighbors didn't want a 9-story apartment building, so the new developer changed the size and use of the development and there are still people niggling this one to death. Now they are on trying to take apart the Broadway project. If you're ever been in the area you know how much the weedy field detracts from the area. It can't even be used because the site polluted, yet the neighborhood seems that it'd rather have that than something adding to the tax base and activity of the area.
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Well, it looks like the council was able to overcome the NIMBYs on this one. In fact, they even got the developer to revise his plan because of criticism, but that wasn't enough for them. Oh, well.

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$146M redevelopment of vacant Ann Arbor site approved by 7-4 vote

By Ryan Stanton | MLive.com

December 5, 2017

ANN ARBOR, MI - After hearing a mix of opinions from several residents, the Ann Arbor City Council debated a proposed redevelopment of 1140 Broadway St. late into the night.

By a 7-4 vote Monday night, Dec. 4, the council approved the $146 million development project, which includes more than 600 housing units -- apartments and condos in three buildings -- and ground-floor retail space at Broadway and Maiden Lane.
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The latest site plan changes reduce the height of the proposed apartment building closest to residents in the Broadway historic neighborhood to the north, removing the uppermost stories.

The northernmost building wraps around a parking garage. The seven-story portion on the north side has been reduced to six stories and the eight-story south side has been reduced to seven stories. That leaves the building with 35 fewer housing units.

To make up for that, additional height has been added to the other two proposed buildings on the 6.4-acre vacant site.

An additional story and 15 housing units have been added to the condo building planned along Maiden Lane, which now has six stories above a parking garage.

The seventh story of the other proposed apartment building at the corner of Broadway and Maiden Lane, which previously covered a portion of the sixth story, has been expanded to cover a larger portion and now has 16 more housing units.

The look of the buildings also has changed. The amount of brick masonry cladding for the two apartment buildings has been roughly doubled, and a second color of brick has been added.
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State Theatre in Ann Arbor to reopen after $8.5 million overhaul

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December 06, 2017





-Michigan Theater Foundation leads improvements
-Art deco cinema has refurbished facade and four screens
-Grand reopening this weekend


The show is set to go on at the State Theatre in Ann Arbor as the iconic movie house caps an $8.5 million renovation with a grand opening this weekend.
In time for its 75th birthday, the classic art deco art house at 233 S. State St. will celebrate with a grand reopening on Friday night for members and open to the public Saturday after a 10-month transformation doubled its number of screens to four and overhauled projection and seating, according to a news release from the theater.

The Michigan Theater Foundation, which owns the theater, led renovations, including a refurbished façade, new lobby and restrooms, as well as installation of a full-size elevator and escalator. The complex now has four screening rooms, ranging from 50 to 140 seats with increased legroom. A new full-service cocktail bar and renovated concessions stand were also part of the project.

Built in 1942 and designed by renowned architect Howard Crane, known for his work on the Fox Theatre in Detroit, the State Theatre was purchased by the Michigan Theater Foundation in 2014 and closed for renovations in October 2016.
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This article discusses recent developments and has several construction update photos (scroll to the bottom):

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Ann Arbor mayor says $3.4M of city's budget due to new construction
Ryan Stanton | MLive
January 9, 2018

ANN ARBOR, MI - Without all of the new development in Ann Arbor over the past decade, Mayor Christopher Taylor says the city would have notably less tax revenue than it does now. In an annual report released this week, Taylor said $3.4 million of the city's budget is attributable to new construction since 2007. That includes several new apartment high-rises built in the downtown, and various other new residential and commercial developments that have allowed more people to live and work in Ann Arbor. Altogether, the city's budget now totals about $423 million, including a nearly $105 million general fund...
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Whether you're a UMich fan or not, this new sports facility looks sweet - and it only cost a measely $168 million. The sheer amount of equipment in this facility is nuts - I've never seen a rowing simulator like that before. Check out the article for more photos.

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Underwater bikes, hydraulic track featured at new Michigan sports facility
Andrew Kahn | MLive
January 9, 2018

ANN ARBOR -- Perhaps the best part of Michigan's brand new, $168-million, 280,000-square-foot athletics facility is that women's rowing coach Mark Rothstein will no longer have to risk his life to properly prepare his team. Rothstein, the team's head coach for the 20 years the program has existed, would spend the early spring trying to break up ice on Belleville Lake in order to train there. Thanks to the South Competition and Performance Project, which officially opened last week and will hold its first public event on Saturday, the rowing team can use an indoor rowing tank that can simulate open water...

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