Ann Arbor, MI – The Ann Arbor City Council Monday voted unanimously to approve development of The Glen. The $40 million mixed-use development, which features an upscale boutique hotel, will be built on Glen Avenue between Catherine and Ann Streets across from the University of Michigan Medical Center, adjacent to U of M’s cultural venues and Central Campus and an easy walk to downtown Ann Arbor. The Developer believes that the development will become a landmark destination and a community-gathering place.
The Developer, Catherine Ann Development Company, is comprised of several long-established Michigan investors with deep personal ties to Ann Arbor. The group is led by Craig Singer and includes Fred and Tom Goldberg and U of M Regent Emeritus, Larry Deitch. The group plans to create a dynamic mixed-use project which will enliven its neighborhood. Besides boutique hotel accommodations, the project will include apartments, significant event and meeting space, retail space, and one or more restaurants.
“We thank the Historic District Commission, Planning Commission, City Council and staff and our future neighbors in Ann Arbor’s historic Old 4th Ward for their review, input and approval of this project,” said Craig Singer. “We will build and operate a unique and dynamic property that we believe will become another jewel in this wonderful community.”
In voicing support for the development, City Council members emphasized the importance of a hotel that would support the city’s largest employer, clean up a contaminated site at no cost to the taxpayers and provide millions of tax dollars for the community. The Council members praised Catherine Ann Development Company for establishing a model of how development should be done in the city. Council members said they supported the development team for working with the community to modify the project in order to make it fit well with the local neighborhood, address neighborhood concerns and provide a good mix of uses and benefits.
According to Mayor Christopher Taylor, “Future developers should take note. This is how we all want it done.”
As part of the project, an environmental clean up of the site will be conducted by removing contaminated soils without the aid of any brownfield tax incentives.
The mixed-use building has distinctive design features which create an iconic modern design, that is influenced by several Art Moderne buildings in the Old Fourth Ward, including corbelled brick piers, deep pilasters, basket weave brick patterns, round windows, deep cornices at several levels. Recessed windows, limestone sills, brick solider courses all add fine-grained traditional detail.
“We envision this property becoming a meeting spot for the community where people can share a cup of coffee, read the newspaper in our community lobby, meet friends for dinner, have a glass of wine while looking over the city from one of our terraces or just relax,” said Singer. “This iconic gathering place will also enable local artists to showcase their work, family and friends to visit, weddings to be celebrated and meetings to be held,” said Singer. “We will be a welcoming neighbor and great partner with the community.”
The nine story building will be energy efficient meeting all LEED Silver standards. It will be mixed-use with 162 rooms and suites and 24 apartments for short or long term rental or purchase. It will have a restaurant, 20,000 sq. ft. of event and meeting room space, retail shops and a sidewalk café coffee shop. There will be four underground floors of parking providing 252 parking spots.
The project developers have also agreed to make a $500,000 contribution to the city’s affordable housing fund along with a $148,000 contribution to improve Riverside Park, Fuller Park and Broadway Park of the Farmers Market.
Construction is expected to begin in 2018 and will take approximately a year to complete.
Drawings of the property can be accessed at the following link: