Ann Arbor Area Community News
Tonight the Planning Commission will be reviewing (for the second time) a proposal for a ten-story mixed-use building on Glen Ave, which would stretch from Catherine to Ann, replacing Angelo’s parking, two houses, the old Glen-Ann gas station, and Leonardo’s Pizza on Ann.
Planning department officials are recommending approval for Glen Ann Place, a proposed 10-story building at the northwest corner of East Ann Street and Glen Avenue, across the street from the popular Angelo’s restaurant. If the project wins approval by both the planning commission and City Council, developers hope to break ground in September. Construction is expected to last between 12 and 16 months.
The project was tabled at the Planning Commission’s 21 December meeting (21 December 2004 minutes (pdf)); concerns were discussed at that meeting about inadequate parking (the proposal now includes three underground parking levels, with one parking space per housing unit and 32 spaces for Angelo’s and for the on-site businesses), bulk and shading of the structure (a shadow study has been submitted with the revised proposal), and the fate of the two houses, which are categorized as “contributing historic properties”, or not historic on their own, but contributing to the character of the neighborhood.
The benefits the project would bring include improving the pedestrian streetscape of Glen, bringing local service businesses into proximity with the University’s new construction, and (my opinion) hiding the eye-bleedingly bad facade of the University’s new construction from uphill neighbors in the Old Fourth Ward.
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