ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A group of long-established Michigan developers with deep ties to Ann Arbor plan to bring an upscale boutique hotel to the heart of Ann Arbor. The proposed hotel, nestled between the medical center and central campus of the University of Michigan, will provide much needed additional quality hotel rooms, banquet, and meeting facilities and its own underground parking to the city’s core.

Catherine Ann Development Company, an all Michigan development team led by Craig Singer and Fred Goldberg, had a working session today with the Ann Arbor Planning Commission on their plans to build The Glen Hotel on the west side of Glen Avenue, between Catherine and Ann Streets. Singer and Goldberg developed and operate Cranbrook Village, Woodland Plaza and the Colonnade Shopping Centers in Ann Arbor. Additionally, they have developed and operate three highly popular shopping centers in Pittsfield Township, which benefit the entire community. The team also transformed the once foreclosed Tally Hall into Liberty Square, which formerly housed Borders’ headquarters.

The location of the proposed hotel is across the street from the U of M medical campus. Currently, the location is a vacant lot that was previously approved for a nine-story, 173,000 square foot apartment and office building that was never developed.

“The Glen will be an upscale boutique hotel located in a prime area between U of M’s central and north campuses, in the vital heart of the community,” said developer Craig Singer. “We look forward to working collaboratively with the Historic District, the Old Fourth Ward Neighborhood Association, the Planning Commission and the City Council to create a timeless and elegant project. The Glen’s classic upscale design will be compatible with both the Old Fourth Ward Historic District to the west and the various contemporary university buildings to its east. We are confident The Glen will become a beloved landmark in the city of Ann Arbor.”

The 152,301 square foot, mixed-use project will be nine-stories and include a hotel featuring 160 rooms and 34 suites. Plans also include banquet and meeting room space. In addition, the project includes first floor retail space, restaurant and bar, and a café. The project will also include four floors of underground parking with 191 parking spaces.

The developers are optimistic the boutique hotel’s central location will make it a focal point for the community. It is adjacent to the U of M Medical Center. It is in close proximity to proposed sites for a new train station. The proposed site for the hotel is also in close proximity to cultural venues such as the Power Center and Hill Auditorium and is within walking distance to State Street, Kerrytown, and downtown. It is also not far from the University’s North Campus.

At this time, the hotel is proposed to be independently managed. The developers developed and managed the Southernmost Collection, a resort in the Old Town Historic District of Key West, for twenty-five years. The developers presented their initial concept for the Mixed-use development at working sessions of the  Ann Arbor Historic District Commission and Planning Commission as the first step in the approval process. They hope that, with approval from the Historic District Commission, Planning Commission and City Council, the hotel will open in late 2016 or early 2017.

“We have always sought to build projects that fit into their community and reflect its values. We are, again, striving to do that with The Glen. We believe that the hotel will offer its guests a unique and highly personalized experience and will be a lovely addition to the already vibrant Ann Arbor community,” added developer Fred Goldberg.

The Developers
The hotel developers have a long history of building and operating successful projects in the Ann Arbor area. Craig Singer (Milford Singer & Company) and Fred Goldberg (Silverview Partners) have been involved developing and managing the following Ann Arbor area properties:

  • Cranbrook Village (Whole Foods/REI), Woodland (Busch’s) and Colonnade (Panera) Shopping Centers – Ann Arbor
  • Transforming the foreclosed Tally Hall into Liberty Square, which was formerly Borders headquarters – Ann Arbor
  • Oak Valley (Target), Village Center (Outback Steakhouse) and Waters Place (Kohl’s) Shopping Centers – Pittsfield Township
  • Centerra Pointe Apartments – Pittsfield Township
  • NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) – Pittsfield Township

The lead managers have also developed and managed Michigan properties outside the Ann Arbor area in communities including Detroit, Roseville, Southfield, Bloomfield Hills, Plymouth, Traverse City, Charlevoix and Boyne City. They have built or owned developments in eight states including the Southernmost Collection – a resort in the Old Town Historic District in Key West, Florida, which was developed and operated by the developers for over 25 years until its sale in 2014.

Drawings of the proposed project can be found by clicking here.

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