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Old Posted Jan 20, 2012, 7:16 PM
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^ Excellent news!

I need a site plan to understand this project better though. I can't find it on VOA's website.
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Old Posted Jan 23, 2012, 6:53 PM
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illage Green breaking ground on new downtown Ann Arbor apartments catering to young professionals
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A groundbreaking is planned this week for the long-awaited Ann Arbor City Apartments project at the corner of First and Washington downtown.

Camille Amiri, public relations manager for Farmington Hills-based developer Village Green, relayed the news via email that the project is moving ahead.
http://www.annarbor.com/news/ann-arb...roundbreaking/
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Old Posted Jan 23, 2012, 6:59 PM
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This is great news, but dang does new development sometimes move at a snails pace in Ann Arbor. Some of these projects were proposed back when I was still in college lol.

Was with a friend in A2 a couple weeks ago. They've already removed and relocated the parking fixtures from that lot. The site is ready to go.
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Old Posted Jan 24, 2012, 12:40 AM
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I don't check this thread often enough. Am I correct in saying that Ann Arbor is running face-first into a huge building boom?
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Old Posted Jan 24, 2012, 5:27 PM
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It's interesting you mention that because a coworker and I had this very discussion a moment ago whether we can really consider all this rental development "a boom" As far as larger notable buildings which we focus on here, it's been constant actually. U of M has wrapped up their decade of construction which added millions of square feet. Here's the full list:

http://www.plantext.bf.umich.edu/projects.html

Private projects have kind of come one after the other. As far back as I knew much about Ann Arbor, it started with Ashley Mews in the (late 90's?). When I arrived at U of M in 2003, I recall the midrise above Buffalo Wild Wings wrapping up construction. Then there was Ashley Terrace, then 411 lofts, then that Courtyards development on North Campus, followed by the Zaragon Projects.

Basically since the early 2000's there's always been at least two larger buildings under construction.

I've visited nearly all the big Ten University Cities in recent years, and the pace of construction seems to be the same. University towns are doing well because of their unique micro-economies and increased enrollment which drives up demand for better student housing.

Going back to the original question, here in Chicago we've had at least a half dozen skyscraper starts every year since the start of the recession. That's slightly less than skyscraper starts during the mid 2000's when developers were building like crazy, but most of the boom consisted of midrise, lowrise, and single family homes. Seems like rental towers are all we are getting. Definitely skyline changers, but not really a "boom." But back in Michigan it's the same story.....I think Ann Arbor is getting by on a few of these nice projects, but I think construction still needs to pick up.
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Old Posted Jan 24, 2012, 5:35 PM
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I'm just glad the developments here have been smart. Replacing all these parking lots with midrise residential is a home run in my book. Ann Arbor really is the premiere urban city in Michigan.
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I'm just glad the developments here have been smart. Replacing all these parking lots with midrise residential is a home run in my book. Ann Arbor really is the premiere urban city in Michigan.
Totally agree. Now if only the city can get some taller buildings.
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I wish A2 developers would share the love!
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Old Posted Jan 26, 2012, 7:47 PM
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Aren't most "A2 developers" Chicago developers? I'm sure there's plenty to spread, just follow the money lol.
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Old Posted Jan 28, 2012, 6:04 AM
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I took a couple pictures of the "Landmark" student apartments development this evening. Looks like they're up to 11 stories with 3 more to go.


IMG_0172 by SpartanTom, on Flickr


IMG_0173 by SpartanTom, on Flickr

It's pretty weird standing at that corner now, very closed-in feeling.
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Old Posted Jan 28, 2012, 8:47 AM
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I was probably there at almost the exact same time as you, judging by the amount of daylight. Weird.
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Old Posted Jan 28, 2012, 6:53 PM
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Thanks for the photos. When you think about it, going slightly taller may have not been all that bad.

Kind of a shame VC doesn't plan to move back in that location. I heard they are on North Campus now. Despite that they were primarily a liquor store they had a pretty decent produce section. I guess CVS has filled that nitch.

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Former student rental on South Division demolished by U-M


http://annarbor.com/news/former-stud...lished-by-u-m/


The jagged edge that once characterized U of M's intertwined and sometimes confusing connectivity with private buildings and residences has become much more refined. One thing is clear....Central campus is out of empty space.
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Old Posted Jan 30, 2012, 8:12 PM
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Found a recent Zaragon West picture on Flickr:


New building by danbruell, on Flickr

Not finished yet, but it will fit in quite nicely when completed.
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Old Posted Jan 31, 2012, 1:19 AM
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Found a recent Zaragon West picture on Flickr:


New building by danbruell, on Flickr

Not finished yet, but it will fit in quite nicely when completed.
I like how the backside of it is ugly in an urban sort of way.
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Here's an article about vacant property in Ann Arbor.

Now, these houses just didn't become abandoned. Rather the vacant properties are victims of failed development. There was a multi-story building proposed where these vacant houses stand and I recall them occupied before this development happened.

The project received alot of criticism from area residents.


I think there is possibly another side of the story

http://annarbor.com/news/boarded-up-...ous-buildings/


Don't forget the Greek Orthodox Church ruins!
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Some images I took from a visit to Ann Arbor last week



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Varsity going up. Photo by moi

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^ Thanks for posting.

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I live in the city now, near Platt/Packard, so I'll be taking plenty of pictures.

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