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Old Posted Oct 23, 2012, 3:08 AM
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What's going on over here? Anyone know? (mein images part II)

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The thought of a highrise out in front of the Blind Pig feels strange.

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Man, I remember when the iPhone4 camera was Star Trek level shit. Now it's been surpassed by several phones. And before anyone asks, I had reasons other than picture-taking for being on multiple parking-garage roofs (rooves?) that day.

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Old Posted Oct 27, 2012, 5:32 PM
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What's going on over here? Anyone know? (mein images part II)

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The thought of a highrise out in front of the Blind Pig feels strange.
That will be the Ann Arbor City Apartments:


Link: City Apartments

An 8-story "luxury" apartment development on the southeast corner of 1st and Washington.

A couple of other Ann Arbor development updates:

A proposed development adjacent to the new Landmark student apartments on South U. was shot down by the Zoning Board of Appeals:


Link: South U.

Apparently they wanted too many variations and the city is determined to keep that parcel zoned 'D2' with a shorter max building height.

A 3-story flatiron style building won approval from the historic district commission to be developed at the corner of Detroit and Division streets (the site of a former gas station):




Link: Flatiron

The design board recently reviewed a couple of proposed 14-story downtown developments:

Building over the Pizza House:


Building at northeast corner of Huron and Division:



Link: 14-story Developments

They seemed to have more criticism for the Huron development, as it seems a bit more dark and hulking. I like it personally and think it at least looks different than all the other new developments which are looking very similar.

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Old Posted Oct 29, 2012, 2:45 AM
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Their criticisms being:

- It doesn't have a setback.

- It has ground floor retail.

- The massing doesn't respond to context, even though the massing is pretty standard urban massing (the massing is basically a pre-war H plan) and the building is downtown.

- The people who bought houses behind the street that's been getting large scaled development for decades are upset that there's a large scale development happening.


They also don't like the materials (although one of the architects on the board spoke in their favor) even though it's the only development that seems to have nice materials. Some nice glazed black brick with wood. Maybe the bricks won't have enough expansion joints for their tastes? Or they prefer the holy trifecta of glass curtain wall, precast concrete panels, and brick?


I agree that the development is on the big side, but I think it's important to build as densely as possible on the remaining sites downtown, or else you'll have to resort to demolishing good buildings in order to grow. The massing is a little clunky, but at least it's simple and straightforward, and not a convoluted mess.

I think this is an improvement over all of the other recent residential buildings.
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Old Posted Oct 29, 2012, 8:11 AM
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The nimbys in Ann Arbor are bizarre. It seems that it almost doesn't matter the height or size or the location of the buildings proposed, they'll try and pare every project down. I'd understand this if development was encroaching miles outside of the city center, but there sky is not disappearing in Ann Arbor, and there is still plenty of room left in the core. I mean, honestly, sucks to be you if you're one of the few people to live in and own the single-family homes in the middle of the city, but what is the city to do?
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Yea, no kidding. I recently had a job offer in Ann Arbor and one major factor that kept me from moving was that housing was so scarce...and outrageously expensive by Michigan standards. This town is hugely short on housing.
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Well good to hear that pizza house thing went through. Part of the reason for building the restaurant addition was to provide foundation support for the building atop.
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Just two buildings down from my old apartment! Would have been cool to see, but I'll be hypocritical for a moment and say "This would have taken away my parking spot!" Who cares though, more density is better.

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New Apartment building at 1st and Washington

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This has been one of my favorite midwestern threads but doesn't get updated often. Anybody got an update on what's developing in AA? Thanks
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Yeah this was sort of my spot until 2009. But as you know, location changed and I make it to A2 maybe twice a year
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I'm back in suburban Flint.
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Report: U-M graduate students offer feedback on proposed $185 million 600-bed dorm


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Some University of Michigan students expressed worries with the seven-room apartments that will be a central part of a soon-to-be-built 600-bed dormitory for graduate students during a forum with administrators Wednesday, The Michigan Daily reports.

The $185 million residence hall is funded in part by a $110 million donation from Charles Munger. It will go on the former Blimpy Burger site and be primarily composed of apartments that have seven separate bedrooms and a common living area.
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Developer hopes to break ground on 618 South Main project in October

By Ryan J. Stanton Ann Arbor News August 28,2013

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Ann Arbor developer Dan Ketelaar is making revisions to his plans for a new apartment building on South Main Street as he looks to break ground in October.

Ketelaar has submitted a formal request to the city's planning department, seeking administrative approval for a roughly 4,500-square-foot increase in usable building space.
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Wow, Ann Arbor's really going nuts with residential development these days
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LOL, over 4 years in Chicago and I'm still trying to keep this thread alive.

Rendering of Munger Graduate Apartments


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There's a very detailed pdf somewhere on the net with a bunch more renderings and floorplans posted by the Michigan Daily I think. Can't find it
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University of Michigan strikes $12.8M deal to buy 16.7-acre Edwards Bros. property on State Street
By Kellie Woodhouse | kelliewoodhouse@mlive.com
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The University of Michigan has agreed to buy the 16.7-acre Edwards Brothers' property at 2500 S. State St. for $12.8 million.

School officials had been eyeing the property for some time, as it is adjacent to the school's athletic campus and near one of its commuter parking lots.

Edwards Brothers Malloy President John Edwards said the sale of its headquarters allows the 120-year-old printing company to consolidate its two Ann Arbor locations.

"It helps us protect jobs, stay here in Washtenaw County, and be competitive in a very difficult industry," he said in a release.

Edwards' grandfather built the 185,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in the 1950s, and now the company's Ann Arbor operations will be moving to its existing 180,000-square-foot facility at 5411 Jackson Rd. in Ann Arbor.
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Totally thought this one was dead, forever, but it's back. Though, it's been changed so many times it bears nothing to its original self:

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Ann Arbor's Kingsley Lane condos to be built 6 years after groundbreaking

By Lizzy Alfs | MLive.com

December 8, 2013

A plan two decades in the making to build condominiums on the corner of Kingsley and North Ashley streets north of downtown Ann Arbor is moving forward under a new partnership agreement.

Peter Allen and Mark Berg — who envisioned building condos on the site in the late 1980s and then had a groundbreaking for the Kingsley Lane development in 2007 before the economy nosedived —recently formed a joint venture with Ann Arbor builder Tom Fitzsimmons to construct about 20 to 30 condos on the property.

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Allen and Berg’s original vision for the Kingsley Lane property called to construct 46 condominiums ranging from 515 square feet to more than 2,300 square feet, with prices from $230,000. The property is blocks north of downtown and has a historic two-story office building at the edge of the sidewalk.

The project celebrated its groundbreaking in March 2007, but was later put on hold as the housing market stalled and Pfizer announced it was leaving Ann Arbor.

In 2010, the developers announced they were redesigning the Kingsley Lane project as small apartments: for a price of about $1,000 per month or less, including one parking spot.

A Wall Street hedge fund then took control of the property in 2011 when it acquired the $1.047 million loan representing the debt on the Kingsley Lane development. After two years of negotiations and a lawsuit, Allen said he and Berg were recently able to settle and buy back the loan for $775,000.

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Fitzsimmons is in the midst of building 18 luxury condos — ranging in price from about $500,000 to $1 million — on North Main Street near Kerrytown on the former Greek Church property. Preliminary construction work is underway for the low-rise development, and Fitzsimmons said the condos sold out before he could even launch a marketing website.

With that project’s success, Fitzsimmons said the Kingsley Lane development presented an opportunity to bring more condos to the near-downtown area at a time when the market is hot.


Patrick Record | Ann Arbor News

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Good to hear that they've gone back to condos, a bit disappointed with how they've massed this, but I guess it fits better into the neighborhood, height-wise.
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And, yet another - and more ugly - iteration of Kingsley Lane/Lofts:

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22-unit condo project proposed in downtown Ann Arbor

By Lizzy Alfs | MLive.com

February 27, 2014

Three Ann Arbor developers are moving forward with plans to construct condominiums on the corner of Kingsley and North Ashley on the northern edge of downtown Ann Arbor.

Peter Allen, Mark Berg and Tom Fitzsimmons submitted an application last week to Ann Arbor’s Design Review Board to build a 22-unit condo project, called 121 Kingsley West.

The development is a scaled-back version of what Allen and Berg originally planned to build on the site: a 46-unit condo project called Kingsley Lane that was put on hold in 2007 as the housing market stalled and Pfizer announced it was leaving Ann Arbor.

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The property is located in the city’s D2 zoning, which has a maximum allowable building height of 60 feet. There is a historic two-story office building at the edge of the sidewalk, which would be retained and converted into one residence.

Two residential buildings would be constructed to the west and south of the existing office building.

The 8,529-square-foot east building would have seven condo units in two stories above an enclosed parking garage. The 29,577-square-foot west building would have 14 condo units in four stories over enclosed parking.

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(Ruetter Associates Architects)
It seems that the already overly-cautious architects in the city got even more so after the recession.
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