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$40M mixed-use development in Ann Arbor to break ground in 2019

$40-million redevelopment of a vacant site near the University of Michigan medical campus and downtown Ann Arbor is expected to break ground in 2019.

It’s been more than a year since the City Council voted unanimously in December 2017 to approve a site plan for the nine-story project known as The Glen, a hotel with ground-floor restaurant/retail spaces on a half-acre site at the corner of Glen Avenue and Ann Street.

Construction was supposed to begin in 2018 and some residents have been wondering why the site still sits empty.

After some delays, the project is now on track to break ground in the new year, according to the developer.

“Construction plans are in final development for approval by the city,” said Tom Shields, spokesman for the Catherine Ann Development Co. “It is anticipated that construction will start in 2019.”

The proposed building includes 162 hotel rooms, 24 apartments and a 252-space, four-level underground parking garage.  Meeting spaces inside the building will allow hosting large events, many of which are expected to be affiliated with the university.

A partnership known as the Catherine Ann Development Co. is behind the development known as The Glen, which includes partners Craig Singer, Fred Goldberg and Larry Deitch.

By digging down four stories and removing contaminated soils, they plan to do an environmental cleanup of the site without any tax incentives, removing hazardous substances believed to have been caused by a previous gas station and dry cleaner.

Another mixed-use development including a hotel is being proposed by a different developer downtown, on the city-owned Library Lot, but voters last month approved a city-charter amendment stipulating that the Fifth Avenue property must stay under city ownership and be transformed into an urban park and civic center commons.


Posted By: mlive on December 29, 2018.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.

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