After numerous public meetings, and community consultation, developer presents enhanced designs to the Ann Arbor Historic District Commission
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Catherine Ann Development Company, the developer behind The Glen Hotel, met with the Ann Arbor Historic District Commission (HDC) in a working session on Thursday evening to present significant design changes and enhancements to its proposed mixed-use project which features an upscale boutique hotel. These changes came after the developer consulted with neighborhood members, participated in working sessions with HDC and the Planning Commission, and held a Citizen Participation Meeting (CPM) with area residents. After hearing the comments and suggestions made by the HDC members on Thursday, the developer will continue to consider possible changes and ultimately return to meet with HDC for a formal review.
“The revised plans for The Glen come directly from feed-back we received from the community members and we would like to thank them for their input and suggestions,” said Craig Singer, one of the managing members of Catherine Ann Development Company. “The goal of the changes made to the project’s original proposed design is to make sure that The Glen complements the architecture and community spirit of the Old 4th Ward Historic District and, through its planned amenities, benefit Ann Arbor as a whole.
As reflected on the enclosed rendering, the changes to The Glen’s proposed design include:
Enhancing the pedestrian experience and minimizing neighborhood traffic impact, by:
- Adding an enhanced pedestrian plaza and pocket park at the corner of Glen and Ann, which now features extensive outdoor seating near the new neighborhood café.
- Eliminating the entry and exit drive that was proposed on Ann Street except exit only traffic after special events.
- Recessing the outdoor dining area for a restaurant on Glen in order to avoid narrowing the sidewalk width.
Enhancing the design of the upper floors, by:
- Adding a new vegetated roof terrace on level three on the southwest corner, which will be accessible to all guests.
- Deleting four suites on levels eight and nine, adding back vegetated roof terraces for the adjacent suites while reducing the building height at the NE and SE corners – creating a more ascendant building massing.
- Deleting the metal cladding on levels eight and nine, and now cladding these levels in brick veneer with stone copings.
Changing the overall look of the hotel, by:
- Reducing massing at the top
- Upgrading materials and referencing Art Moderne motifs reflected in certain well- loved buildings in the Old 4th Ward
- Creating a new iconic design feature that includes four large oculus windows near the top of the building, one on each elevation, that form the shape of a tree with a view toward creating an iconic celebratory top for the building
- Proposing a series of art mural installations at the base of the building on the west façade to create a unique and artful base. These murals are extended to the recessed area at outdoor dining on Glen, and on the roof terrace on level three.
The Glen will provide an appropriate and artful transition between the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood to the west, and the University of Michigan Medical Center and parking structures to the east and north. The Glen is intended to be historically significant in its own right, and it will revitalize this area as a vibrant and attractive addition to the neighborhood, and the City as a whole.
The Glen is a mixed use development with an upscale boutique hotel, 190 guest rooms, including a number of suites suitable for extended stays, four floors of underground parking, banquet, conference, reception and meeting space, first floor neighborhood retail and restaurant space, and neighborhood gathering areas.
The developer behind the proposed Glen Hotel is Catherine Ann Development Company. Its principals are all Michigan based with deep ties to Ann Arbor. They hope to build the development on the west side of Glen Avenue, between Catherine and Ann Streets. The location is across from the University of Michigan Medical Center. The developer believes that the hotel’s central location will make it a focal point for the community.
The architects are Neumann/Smith Architecture of Southfield and J Bradley Moore & Associates of Ann Arbor.