The News

2016-08-16     Congrats to 3Bird on their opening and busy Dexter Daze weekend!

John and Jeff Evans brokered the deal for their new location downtown Dexter.

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2016-07-27     NEW CONSTRUCTION DOWNTOWN RETAIL / OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE

- New Construction
- High visibility on South University on the U of M campus
- Exceptional foot traffic
- Retail or Office space
- 6,000-12,000 SF
- Next to South University Towers
- Adjacent to many Downtown Ann Arbor businesses, retail, restaurant and banks.
- Parking available: municipal lots and street

For more information contact Randy Maas (734-222-7525) or Mike Giraud (734-662-3617) or click here: http://bit.ly/2abiUDq

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2016-07-26     Former Mill Creek Sports Center in Dexter to become canoe livery and more!

Jeff and John Evans brokered the sale of this property. Congratulations to Nate Pound and his new business! Welcome to Dexter!

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2016-07-25     Faith in Action moves to 7275 W. Joy Road in Dexter. Jeff and John Evans brokered the deal for the resource center.

To see more information on industrial space for lease at 7275 W. Joy Road, call Jeff Evans at (734) 926-0222 or click here: http://bit.ly/2aaLdfJ

7275 W. Joy Road:
- 1,875 - 37,450 SF available
- Clean well managed building with 12`-25` ceilings
- Units have grade level 10' x 12' overhead doors & loading dock
- Office and possible R&D space also available
- Rare air conditioning in the warehouse area

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2016-07-20     Dexter businesses lease former Huron Camera location in downtown Dexter.

John and Jeff Evans brokered this deal. The renovated and revamped 8160 Main Street will provide these businesses with more square footage and shift their location closer to Monument Park, Central Street, and Baker Road! Congratulations to all!
Don't miss Dexter Daze - August 12th & 13th - featuring local businesses, retail and artists!

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2016-06-14     Watchtower moves into downtown Dexter retail location.

Welcome to Dexter, Watchtower! Jeff and John Evans listed and leased the downtown location at 8066 Main Street. Due to open any day now, Watchtower promises to bring “comics, candy, cards and collectibles” to the Dexter community!

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2016-05-10     Former Pizza Hut building near Ann Arbor sold, future to be determined soon

Congratulations to Mike Jaboro on the purchase of the former Pizza Hut building on Jackson Road. Jeff Evans represented Jaboro. Read the Mlive article for more information!

Options are being weighed for the former Pizza Hut on Jackson Road in Scio Township following the sale of the property last week.

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2016-05-10     Ribbon Cutting GreenStone FCS

Date: May 13, 2016

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Event Description:

GreenStone Hosts Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for New Ann Arbor Office

Jeff Evans is representing GreenStone's previous location: 3645 Jackson, Ann Arbor. For more on this lease: http://bit.ly/1WmbooL

 

GreenStone Farm Credit Services will dedicate its new office in Ann Arbor on Friday, May 13 starting at 1:00 p.m. The members are welcomed to attend the ribbon cutting and tour the new building. For 100 years, GreenStone has provided credit and financial services to rural communities and agriculture. With 36 locations across Michigan and northeast Wisconsin, GreenStone is the nation’s sixth largest Farm Credit Association, and has nearly 24,000 members. The new office is located at 7530 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor. 

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2016-04-26     Development at Chelsea Clocktower Commons spurred by handful of new leases.

An Mlive article states that "Previously, things had been moving slowly with the property in terms of leasing at the Clocktower Commons. Last year, Swisher Commercial came on board to market the property and is now seeing a lot of interest in the available spaces."

Mike Jurgenson is interviewed about the four recently leased spaces at the Chelsea Clocktower Commons. Swisher Commercial welcomes new tenants Ink Frenzy, Chelsea Hearth and Fireplaces, Chelsea Strength and Conditioning and Los Tres Amigos!

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2016-04-13     9Round Ribbon Cutting Event

Congratulations to 9Round Ann Arbor - Jackson Rd. on their Ribbon Cutting and Opening! Mike Jurgenson brokered the lease of 5700 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, the former Running Fit location. Check out 9Round's kickboxing and fitness program!

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2016-04-05     Featured Closings - March 2016

147,167 SF LEASED Office, Industrial and Retail
 

37,445 SF & 5.75 AC SOLD Industrial, Retail and Residential Vacant Land

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2016-03-31     Dave Hamilton and Joe Palms brokered the sale of 10 N. Adams in Ypsilanti.

Sizzlers Burgers and Subs will offer a menu which will include twists on burgers, subs, wraps and salads. Welcome to Ypsilanti!

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2016-03-16     Liberty Flats moves forward

The Ann Arbor Planning Commission voted to move forward on plans to develop a new 68-unit apartment complex known as Liberty Flats proposed to be located on Liberty, west side of Ann Arbor. Charlie Koenn is the broker for 2658 W. Liberty.

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2016-03-15     5 Years Since Opening Brewed Awakenings, Kaster Amazed by Experience

Congratulations to Brewed Awakenings Cafe! Celebrating five years of business, serving delicious coffee to the people of Saline from their Country Creek Shopping Center location.

Tony Caprarese manages leasing for the Country Creek Shopping Center. There is one remaining 3,500 sf suite remaining!

Read the full article here at The Saline Post!

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2016-03-15     New Huron Camera Building Owner Will Make Improvements

Read what the new owner of 8060 Main Street plans to improve and renovate. John Evans and Jeff Evans brokered the sale of the former Huron Camera building in February 2016.

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2016-02-16     Bennett Street Building on the Market for $1.2 Million

The Saline Post highlights Dave Hamilton's industrial/office building for sale and lease in Saline. Multi-tenant building with 27,000 sf office and 20,000 sf of industrial space. Four overhead doors and one loading dock.
View this listing: bit.ly/1XvIfFn
For more information or to schedule a showing, contact Dave Hamilton at (734)-662-3745 or daveh@swishercommercial.com

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2016-02-11     Restaurant space near Briarwood Mall listed for lease

Mlive interviews Bart Wise regarding the prime restaurant space (former Max & Erma's) for lease in Ann Arbor. Just listed this past week, 455 E. Eisenhower is a 6,500 SF restaurant space with all kitchen equipment, furniture and fixtures included. Liquor license available. Ideal location adjacent to Class A professional office center, across busy intersection from Briarwood Mall and minutes from Downtown Ann Arbor.

Read more on this high-profile location: bit.ly/1KI8rup

To schedule a showing, contact Bart Wise at (734)662-3778 or bartw@swishercommercial.com.

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2016-02-11     Pure Barre signs lease for highly visible downtown storefront

Welcome back to downtown Ann Arbor, Purre Bar!
Randy Maas and Mike Giraud closed this deal at the 539 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor.

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2016-01-15     New vegetarian and vegan restaurant coming to Ann Arbor

A new vegetarian and vegan restaurant will be coming to Ann Arbor at 205 N. Main St. The deal was brokered by Swisher Commercial's Joe Palms. Welcome to Ann Arbor, Vedge Cafe!

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2016-01-05     The Ypsi Alehouse in downtown Ypsilanti is now open.

Tony Caprarese brokered the deal at 124 Pearl Street, Ypsilanti.

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2016-01-05     Mlive reviews Swisher Commercial's 2015 Year End Vacancy Report.

Additional commentary from Bart Wise and Mike Giraud.

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2015-12-15     14,000-square-foot Salvation Army donation center opens in Saline

The Salvation Army has opened a new location in the Saline Gallery, in the 14,375 sf space at 423 E. Michigan Ave. Tony Caprarese represented the listing, which was the last remaining space in the shopping center. Welcome to Saline!

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2015-12-14     New bicycle shop to open Sunday in Ann Arbor

After making some improvements to the former Two Wheel Tango store at 3612 Packard St., Fraser Bicycle and Fitness is ready to open. Congratulations and welcome to Ann Arbor!

John and Jeff Evans brokered this deal.

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2015-12-14     Historic downtown Ypsilanti building listed for $350,000

A 4,000 square foot historical building joins the smattering of opportunities to buy downtown Ypsilanti properties.

Among those sale opportunities:

Bart Wise represents the property at 32-42 N. Huron, a Commercial/Office building with second floor residential suites. http://bit.ly/1J98mJT

Tony Caprarese represents the property at 116-118 W. Michigan, a Retail/Studio/Office and Residential building. http://bit.ly/1J98dGy

 

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2015-11-19     Stony Lake Brewing Company now open in Saline

Welcome to Saline, Stony Lake Brewing Co.!

The new brewery opened Wednesday at 447 E. Michigan Avenue, Saline Gallery Shopping Center. Tony Caprarese brokers the leasing for this retail center. Only one 2,200 SF suite still available!

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2015-11-18     New plan for 6-story hotel on State Street in Ann Arbor approved

Revised plans for the 6-story Hyatt Platt hotel at 3201 S. State Street have been approved. The sale of this property was nominated in the commercial real estate sector at Deals of the Year 2015, Gretchen Driskell and Dave Hamilton brokered the deal. Looking forward to seeing the hotel and retail development!

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2015-11-16     Historic downtown Ypsilanti building listed for $730K

The 10,276-square-foot property at 32 to 42 N. Huron St. sits just north of the busy Huron and Michigan Avenue intersection. Bart Wise said the building is a good opportunity for an investor, especially as the real estate market rebounds and interest rates remain low. He added people are increasingly investing more in commercial real estate over the stock market since real estate is viewed as slightly less risky in the wake of the recession.

"The economy has really turned around in Washtenaw County, and what we are seeing is a combination of more positive feelings about the economy, a more robust economy, and interest rates that remain low, so it's a great investment," he said.

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2015-11-05     SPARK Hosts Innovate Ypsi Tour of Available Commercial Space

From the SPARK newsletter:

Event date:  November 6th, 2015

Downtown Ypsilanti will be in the spotlight on November 6, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., during the Innovate Ypsi Downtown Office Space Tour, hosted by Ann Arbor SPARK and the Ypsilanti Commercial Space Team.  This free event is open to the public.

"The Innovate Ypsilanti tour will show that there are great, affordable offices available; at roughly $12-14 per square foot, Ypsilanti office space is an incredibly affordable option for growing businesses," said Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK. "We also want to educate growing businesses on the incentives that are available in Ypsilanti that can reduce a company's operating costs.  The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has allocated Act 88 funds to SPARK to be used to incentivize company locations in Ypsilanti."

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2015-10-27     Innovate Ypsi Downtown Office Space Tour

Join us in attending Innovate Ypsilanti Downtown Office Space Tour next Friday! Tony Caprarese and Dave Hamilton will be in attendance to participate and present available commercial properties. Please join SPARK and the Ypsilanti Commercial Space Team for networking and tours of available commercial spaces that are move-in ready in downtown Ypsilanti. Learn about commercial real estate financial incentives and programs available for companies looking to locate in Ypsilanti. Everyone's invited -- commercial real estate brokers, professionals, entrepreneurs, students, and anyone looking for office space.

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2015-10-27     UMS President Ken Fischer to co-host 2015 Deals of the Year awards

Looking forward to the 2015 Deals of the Year awards! Congratulations to Dave Hamilton and Gretchen Driskell on their nomination in the commercial real estate category for the sale of the highly-visible former King Engineering property that was sold last November for $2.4 million. A $14 million Hyatt Place Hotel has been approved for the site.

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2015-10-22     All-electric scooters made in Ann Arbor begin shipping to customers

Tenants of 1901 E. Ellsworth, Mahindra GenZe have begun production of all-electric scooters. The conception, design and manufacturing of the GenZe scooter is handled in the Ann Arbor offices and production facility. Bart Wise brokered the deal for the property. GenZe now occupies the whole building.

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2015-10-16     Restaurant and brewery proposed for Ann Arbor's west side

Plans have been submitted to turn 2321 Jackson into a brewery in Ann Arbor. Charlie Koenn represented the listing.

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2015-10-09     The Ann Arbor News announces 2015 Deals of the Year nominees

3201 S. State Street deal has been nominated for the Commercial Real Estate category at DEALS OF THE YEAR 2015. The highly-visible former King Engineering property was sold last November for $2.4 million. A $14 million Hyatt Place Hotel has been approved for the site. Dave Hamilton and Gretchen Driskell brokered this deal. Congratulations on your nomination!

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2015-09-22     140-room Hyatt Place hotel approved for development in Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor City Council gave final approval Monday night to plans for a new 140-room Hyatt Place hotel The mixed-use development is slated for the form King Engineering property at 3201 S. State Street. Dave Hamilton and Gretchen Driskell brokered the sale of this property.

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2015-09-08     Ann Arbor property owner expands portfolio with purchase of 2 downtown buildings

Mike Jurgenson of Swisher Commercial represented the seller in the sale of 121 and 123 E. Liberty. Prior to sale, city council approved plans for owner to build three-story addition.

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2015-08-31     Ann Arbor shopping center sold to local ownership group

Congratulations to all on the Arbor West Centre deal! Jeff Evans represented the buyers of the shopping center located at 2728 Jackson Avenue, Ann Arbor.

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2015-08-28     McKinley submits plans for 3-story office building near downtown Ann Arbor

Our year-end 2015 Vacancy Report will be available after December 31st. If you would like to be included on the email list, please contact info@swishercommercial.com and if you would like a hard copy, include your mailing address.

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2015-08-19     New condos on Davis Street win approval from Planning Commission

One of Doug Smith's clients will be building a four-unit condo building on the 313 Davis Street property in Ann Arbor.

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2015-08-14     Alcohol-free dance club to open in downtown Ypsilanti's former Club Divine

An alcohol-free dance club is set to open in downtown Ypsilanti's former Club Divine. The property at 17 N. Washington was represented by Dave Hamilton and Charlie Koenn.

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2015-08-05     33 Commercial developments indicate growing business in Washtenaw County

33 Commercial developments indicate growing business in Washtenaw County.

Swisher Commercial is proud to have the following properties featured in this lineup:

447 E. Michigan, Saline - Tony Caprarese
124 Pearl, Ypsilanti - Tony Caprarese
293 Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor - Charlie Koenn
3201 State (King Engineering building), Ann Arbor - Gretchen Driskell
1188 Main, Chelsea - John Evans
601 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor - Randy Maas and Mike Giraud
529 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor - Randy Maas and Mike Giraud

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2015-07-31     Washtenaw on the Rise 2015: Growth and development continues in Ann Arbor region

WASHTENAW ON THE RISE 2015
The Ann Arbor News reports on developments and commercial projects in Washtenaw County. Deals brokered by Swisher Commercial are noted in featured new Downtown Ann Arbor businesses: Taylor & Colt, Elevation Burger.

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2015-07-23     Saline City Council Approves Land Use for Indoor Youth Sports Training Facility

New zoning has been approved for a deal in the works at 1200 E. Woodland Drive in Saline. Todd Trese hopes to open a new indoor sports facility to serve Saline's youth. Mike Jurgenson is the broker for deal in progress for the flex industrial building on Woodland for sale.

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2015-07-21     Ypsilanti awarded grants to demolish vacant Boys and Girls Club, aging housing project

The city of Ypsilanti has been awarded a grant to demolish the vacant Boys and Girls Club building soon. This property is listed by Dave Hamilton and has plenty of potential, best suited for development purposes.

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2015-07-20     Former Two Wheel Tango building in Scio Township sold, listed for lease

Former Two Wheel Tango building on Jackson Road is now for lease and represented by Joe Palms.
Spectacular upper-level space with spacious, vaulted high-ceiling and light-filled interior. Walkout lower level for retail, office or storage.
To schedule a showing or receive additional information, call Joe Palms at (734)662-3676

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2015-07-16     St. Joe's Opens New Urgent Care Clinic at State and Moon July 22

St. Joseph Mercy's new Urgent Care opens this month at Country Creek Village Shopping Center in Saline. Tony Caprarese of Swisher Commercial brokered this deal.
Country Creek is a modern yet well established multi-tenant retail center ideally located on busy intersection of Michigan/State in Saline.
AVAILABLE: 3,500 SF retail suite. Well suited for home medical equipment and supply store, pharmacy, gym/fitness center, dance/yoga studio or physical therapy & rehabilitation center.
Call Tony Caprarese at 734-222-7520 for more information or to set up a showing.

Update 7/22/2015: The new Urgent Care opened today and has begun offering medical care at 8am.

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2015-07-13     New shared studio fills a hole in Ypsilanti's art scene

With a lack in studio space around Ypsilanti, some artists get creative and share warehouse space, like the one at 564 S. Mansfield Street. Dave Hamilton brokered the deal and can be reached at 734-662-3745

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2015-07-06     Biggby Coffee space in downtown Ann Arbor listed for lease

The Biggby Coffee space, part of the Michigan Theater building at 539 E. Liberty in downtown Ann Arbor is available for lease, represented by Randy Maas and Mike Giraud.

Edit 7/15/2015: Biggby Coffee closes downtown Ann Arbor location: http://www.mlive.com/business/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2015/07/biggby_coffee_closes_downtown.html#incart_river

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2015-06-23     Golling auto of Chelsea moves to new location

Golling general manager Marcus Nichols speaks with Washtenaw Now/Heritage Newspapers - "The 1185 S. Main St. location will become a used car superstore and body shop, Nichols said, while new cars will be sold at the 1500 S. Main St. location."

John and Jeff Evans brokered the deal at 1500 Main Street, Chelsea. Bill Golling purchased the former Chevrolet dealership location and showroom and has finished with extensive renovations and remodeling.

 

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2015-06-22     Which Wich announces opening date for downtown Ann Arbor restaurant

After remodeling the space in Downtown Ann Arbor, Which Wich has announced it will be opening on July 13.

Swisher Commercial's Randy Maas and Mike Giraud represented the space at 301 E. Liberty.

Welcome to Ann Arbor!

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2015-05-27     Google's move reveals challenges for downtown Ann Arbor

To view the 2014 Year-End Vacancy Report (quoted in the article) and past reports provided by Swisher Commercial visit: http://bit.ly/1LJ68mI
If you have questions about the report or the Ann Arbor real estate market, call Bart Wise at (734)662-3778.

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2015-05-27     Downtown Ypsilanti's first microbrewery could be open by late summer

Ypsi Alehouse works on renovations of the historic Centennial Plaza building with hopes to open by late summer. Tony Caprarese of Swisher Commercial brokered the deal for the 5,700 SF first floor retail/restaurant suite in Ypsilanti.

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2015-05-18     Elevation Burger opens in downtown Ann Arbor

Welcome to Ann Arbor, Elevation Burger! Randy Maas and Mike Giraud represented the listing at 529 E. Liberty Street. The organic burger restaurant is now open!

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2015-05-04     Detroit-area bicycle shop to open in former Ann Arbor Two Wheel Tango

Welcome to Ann Arbor, Fraser Bicycle and Fitness! John and Jeff Evans represented the listing at 3162 Packard Street, Ann Arbor. The owners of Metro Detroit-based Fraser Bicycle are opening their bike shop in the former Two Wheel Tango store later this summer.

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2015-04-30     State, local partners host real estate matchmaking event in Ypsilanti

Twenty-four local and regional investors and developers attended a recent real estate matchmaking event in Ypsilanti. Dave Hamilton led a tour through 17 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. The event, held jointly by the MEDC, Washtenaw County OCED, Ann Arbor SPARK, Ypsilanti DDA and City of Ypsilanti, featured five downtown properties for sale, mostly multi-story historic buildings with space for commercial on the first floor, and either office or residential in the upper stories.

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2015-04-30     Ann Arbor area business briefs: Journeys International and Hungry Howie's of Saline

Congratulations to Hungry Howie's Saline on their ribbon cutting ceremony on April 21st! Welcome to the Saline Gallery Shopping Center. Tony Caprarese brokered this deal.

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2015-04-22     Chelsea Chrysler dealership sold as new owner plans move to former Chevy lot

John and Jeff Evans brokered the deal at 1500 Main Street, Chelsea. Bill Golling has purchased the former Chevrolet dealership location and showroom. He plans to renovate and relocate Golling Chrysler to this location.

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2015-04-20     Sun & Snow leases warehouse to become distribution center

Along with moving to a new retail location in Ann Arbor, Sun and Snow Sports will move into a 7,420 SF warehouse/distribution building at 426 Jackson Plaza to streamline their distribution and costumer service operations.
Sun & Snow signed a long-term lease on the property with the new owners of the building who recently purchased the former Boyer Automotive Supply building. Swisher Commercial agent Dave Hamilton represented the former owners on the deal and Swisher agent Charlie Koenn represented the new owners. Charlie Koenn continued on to represent the listing side of the 462 Jackson Plaza deal with Sun & Snow. Congratulations to all on your real estate decisions!

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2015-04-14     With $30M in new funding, Duo Security announces London venture

Duo Security started off at the Tech Brewery building, managed and owned by Swisher Commercial broker Doug Smith, CCIM.

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2015-04-07     High-end barber shop set to open in Ann Arbor on East Liberty

Toronto high-end barber shop Taylor & Colt will be opening its first U.S. location at 601 E. Liberty St. Welcome to Ann Arbor!

Swisher Commercial's Randy Maas and Mike Giraud brokered the deal.

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2015-04-02     Plans submitted for 6-story hotel on South State Street in Ann Arbor

Plans have been submitted to build a 6-story hotel on the land that Gretchen Driskell and Dave Hamilton sold at 3201 S. State Street.

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2015-03-30     Wright & Filippis plans June move to new Ann Arbor-area location

Mike Jurgenson leased 4584 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor, to Wright & Filippis. Welcome to Glencoe Crossing Shopping Center!

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2015-03-26     Mike Giraud speaks to the availability of accessible downtown office space that provides a home for the growing tech community in Ann Arbor.

Downtown Ann Arbor tech jobs are a driving force in county's economic growth. Ann Arbor's appeal to tech companies includes affordable office space, lower cost of living than other big city tech hubs, a supportive community of investors and a wealth of talented alumni from U of M to hire.

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2015-03-12     Ann Arbor builders and remodelers report business increase as economy improves

Builders and Remodelers of Greater Ann Arbor will host its 25th annual Home, Garden & Lifestyle show next weekend: March 20th-22nd, 2015. We encourage you to take a look at these resources! If you have any questions about BRAG, please contact Charlie Koenn (734-926-0230) who represents Swisher Commercial as a member of BRAG.

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2015-02-24     Investors see downtown Ann Arbor as hub for tech startups

Investors have plans for the purchase of several office buildings in downtown Ann Arbor for short-term leases aimed at startup tech companies.

If you are a high tech or growing company and interested in the space at the Tech Brewery (as noted in the article) Doug Smith has 623-1,384 sf available, give him a call at 734-662-3639

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2015-02-23     Investment group work toward purchase of southside Ypsilanti commercial center

An Ann Arbor-based investor and partner have made an offer on the Harriet Street Commerce Center at 300 Harriet St in Ypsilanti. The property is listed for sale by Dave Hamilton of Swisher Commercial.

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2015-02-19     Saint Joseph Mercy Health Center in Saline moving urgent care to new Michigan Avenue location

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System's urgent care is moving to a new location in the Country Creek Shopping Center in Saline at 7025 E. Michigan.

Swisher Commercial's Tony Caprarese brokered the deal. Feel free to call him at (734) 222-7520 if you have interest in one of the remaining spaces.

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2015-02-17     Open-concept professional office atmosphere planned for former Pub 13 in Ypsilanti.

New owners of former Pub 13 plan to renovate with an open-concept professional office atmosphere ideal for entrepreneurs and growing businesses in the Ypsilanti community. In this article, Dave Hamilton speaks to the Pub 13 deal and 17 N. Washington, the available retail/restaurant/office listing next door.

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2015-02-12     Charlie Koenn and Dave Hamilton of Swisher Commercial represented the listing side of the 13 N. Washington Street deal.

The investment group will move forward with plans to convert the space to office. City officials and downtown business owners believe that it will be one step forward towards bringing more clientele presence to the shops, restaurants and businesses in Ypsilanti.

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2015-02-10     Mi Compadre Mexican restaurant opens at 2111 Packard, Ann Arbor

Bart Wise brokered this deal in 2014.

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2015-01-28     Hyperion Coffee plans new roastery, ‘coffee lab’ in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town

A new coffee roasting company will soon open in Ypsilanti's Depot Town, at 306 N. River. Swisher Commercial's Tony Caprarese represented the deal.

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2015-01-26     Indoor baseball practice facility opens in 20,000-square-foot space in Ypsilanti area

Play at the Cage, an indoor baseball practice facility in Ypsilanti, has opened its doors at its new location in the Airport Industrial Center.

Dave Hamilton brokered the deal. Read the full article at MLive!

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2015-01-23     Dexter-Whitmore Lake annexation: Rep. Gretchen Driskell considers bill to allow community vote

Swisher Commercial agent and State Representative Gretchen Driskell is considering a legislation to allow Dexter Community Schools voters an opportunity to vote on the annexation of Whitmore Lake Public Schools.

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2015-01-23     More than 100 acres sold in Rolling Meadows development in Manchester

105 acres of developed land, made up of 33 parcels, has been sold by the Bank of Ann Arbor. Swisher Commercial's Charlie Koenn brokered the deal.

Read the full article at MLive.

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2015-01-16     Congratulations, Cyd Debol, on being elected as a director of CBOR!

Swisher Commercial's office operations manager, Cyd Debol, was elected and sworn in as a director on the Commerial Board of Realtors. Read more at mLive!

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2015-01-05     Downtown Ypsilanti continues to offer affordable office and retail space, aiding in the City's desire to further a well-rounded community for those who want to both work and play locally.

Rebuilding Ypsilanti's former entertainment district is just one opportunity - what sort of businesses do you think Ypsilanti could benefit from?

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2015-01-03     Swisher Commercial released it's 22nd Annual Vacancy Report.

Our agents have composed an expert report analyzing this year's commercial real estate data and trends specific to Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County. We hope you benefit from our research and break-down of your local commercial real estate market.

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2015-01-02     20 notable grand openings and closings in Ann Arbor

Take a look at these 20 notable grand openings and closings in Ann Arbor from 2014. Click here for the feature on Mlive.

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2014-12-22     Swisher Commercial sells downtown Ypsilanti location to Ann Arbor Professional Pharmacy.

Dave Hamilton brokered the deal at the former Angel Food Catering building at 6 W. Michigan Avenue.

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2014-12-17     Plans are moving forward to build a hotel and retail building at the former King Engineering site in Ann Arbor.

Dave Hamilton and Gretchen Driskell brokered this deal. Citizen participation meeting (Jan. 8, 2015) will review plans, answer questions and offer comments to the developer.

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2014-12-09     Swisher Commercial has deal in the works at 13 N. Washington

After being closed for over four years due to a DTE dispute, the space at 13 N. Washington is the subject of a deal represented by Charlie Koenn. Read the full article

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2014-12-08     Auction draws crowd to former outdoors sports business.

Auction draws crowd to former outdoors sports business. For Sale: 8081 Main Street in Dexter, retail space with office mezzanine in front and six lane gun range in back. Read the full article

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2014-12-04     Congratulations to Come Dancing (Saline, MI) on their upcoming Grand Opening!

Saturday, Dec. 6th, featuring dance performances, a champagne toast, and more!

Tony Caprarese represents the Saline Gallery Shopping Center.

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2014-12-02     Redevelopment Opportunity! Former car wash near busy Golfside and Washtenaw intersection listed for sale.

Former self-serve car wash, eqiupment functioning when business closed, near the Golfside Road and Washtenaw Avenue intersection is on the market. Charlie Koenn represents the listing for Swisher Commercial.

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2014-12-01     Mill Creek Sports Center for sale, merchandise to be auctioned off

The Mill Creek Sports Center in Dexter is listed for sale and its remaining sporting equipment will be auctioned off, according to a report in The Dexter Leader. Read more at Mlive.com here:

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2014-11-25     Jazzercise of Ann Arbor, Saline & Dexter begins classes

Congratulations to Jazzercise of Ann Arbor, Saline & Dexter on starting classes in their new space in Dexter! John and Jeff Evans brokered the deal at

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2014-11-25     Milan area sees incredible business growth in 2014!

Discover opportunities in this growing business community. Vacant industrial land for sale in Milan - http://bit.ly/1raRiA1
Call Dave Hamilton at (734)662-3745 for more information.

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2014-11-20     Update: Banfield's Bar & Grill

Swisher Commercial listed both 3140 and 3148 Packard for sale in July 2014. Ann Arbor investor Harry Hawkins has purchased the building and will continue to keep Banfield's Bar & Grill open.

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2014-11-18     Mill Creek Sport Center, Dexter

The Dexter Leader reports on Swisher Commercial's new listing - Mill Creek Sports Center at 8180 Main Street, Dexter. For more information on this listing, call John Evans at (734)662-3682.

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2014-11-10     Dave Hamilton and Gretchen Driskell brokered the deal at the former King Engineering Corp property.

Looking forward to future plans for this prime property! It is being rezoned from industrial to commercial. What do you think would add to this commercial and business corridor?

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2014-11-10     Congratulations to Cynthia Debol!

Last Monday, she and three others swore in as new 2015 CBOR Directors. Cynthia looks forward to working with the CBOR team and dedicating volunteer leadership and marketing expertise to Michigan's commercial real estate industry.

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2014-11-06     Swisher Commercial’s Vacancy Report Noted in Mlive’s Google Article

Swisher Commercial's 2013 Vacancy Report was referenced in the following Mlive article that speaks to the growing presence of technology related companies in downtown Ann Arbor and their real estate opportunities.
We look forward to providing the community

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2014-10-02     Swisher Commercial congratulates the Mahindra Group on being nominated in the Technology category for Deals for the Year 2014.

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2014-09-24     2014 Deals of the Year is coming up!

This event celebrates and honors this year's business deals and decisions that make an impact on our community! Read more information and how to get tickets at Mlive.com.
(Found in article pictures: 2013 Commercial Real Estate Winners - Ora Pescovitz, Mike Giraud and Patricia Garcia)

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2014-08-21     Mike Jurgenson of Swisher Commercial leases office space at Glencoe Crossings to the Michigan Republican Party.

Available retail/high-tech office suites at Glencoe Crossing: http://bit.ly/1z7snuU

For additional information, contact Mike Jurgenson (734-222-7522).

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2014-08-21     Keep up to date with future plans for the Boys and Girls Club property in Ypsilanti.

The public is invited to attend tonight's community meeting at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse from 6pm-8pm to participate in discussion of potential development opportunities. For more information on the property listing, contact Dave Hamilton (734-662-3745).

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2014-08-19     521 E. Liberty Street - Taste Kitchen

While the tenants remain the same as those whom Randy Maas and Mike Giraud placed in the 521 E. Liberty Street space more than a year ago, Taste Kitchen is a brand new restaurant concept ready to serve downtown Ann Arbor. With its locally sourced menu, Taste Kitchen offers sit-down global cuisine now serving lunch an

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2014-08-18     Swisher Commercial welcomes Elevation Burger to their new downtown location - 529 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor

Randy Maas and Mike Giraud represented the landlord in this deal. Looking forward to the opening in early 2015!

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2014-07-30     Real estate beat: Swisher Commercial's annual vacancy report offers prospective on all things Ann Arbor real estate.

Swisher Commercial's annual office vacancy survey shows the 2013 vacancy rate on Ann Arbor's north side was 5.04 percent, or 123,525 square feet of space. The University of Michigan helped reactivate the corridor when it purchased the 174-acre former Pfizer site on Plym

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2014-07-17     Swisher Commercial welcomes Taylor & Colt BarberSpa to Ann Arbor.

Randy Maas and Mike Giraud represented the landlord of 601 E. Liberty Street.
Read more on Mlive.com: http://bit.ly/1oXP5kU

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2014-07-17     New Sweetwaters coffee shop opens in downtown Ann Arbor.

Joe Palms represented the deal at 604 E. Liberty St. For more information, contact him at (734)662-3676.

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2014-07-09     Tony Caprarese of Swisher Commercial helps Stewart Beal and investors purchase 317 Ecorse Road.

The single-level building is zoned for mixed use, and was home to several dental and medical office suites. It will be called the Beal Business Center.

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2014-07-02     Dave Hamilton and Charlie Koenn are representing Will Banfield in the sale of Banfield's East at 3140 Packard.

If interested in a showing, please contact Swisher Commercial at 734-663-0501.

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2014-06-30     Joe Palms from Swisher Commercial represented Sheila Li in securing the new Sweetwater's downtown location. Looking forward to dropping in for a nice cup of tea!

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, a 20-year-old local coffee shop, plans to open its new downtown Ann Arbor store next month.

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2014-06-26     Swisher Commercial congratulates MAIZ Mexican Cantina on the successful opening of their new Depot Town location!

What a wonderful addition to the Ypsilanti community! Dave Hamilton represented the listing side of 36 E. Cross, Ypsilanti.

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2014-06-04     Tech company moving into former AnnArbor.com office; plans to add 30 new employees. Mike Giraud and Randy Maas of Swisher Commercial represent landlord.

Pillar Technology, a software design and development firm, has signed a lease to move into the former AnnArbor.com space at 301 E. Liberty St. in downtown Ann Arbor. The company will occupy the entire seventh floor.

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2014-06-02     Bart Wise of Swisher Commercial facilitates deal with new Ann Arbor fitness studio to feature exercise classes for kids.

Zaini Lateef is passionate about making exercise fun and accessible for kids.

Lateef, the owner of Peachy Fitness, hopes to grow her business and impact more people with her new permanent fitness studio at 2385 S. Huron Parkway in Ann Arbor.

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2014-05-29     Charlie Koenn of Swisher Commercial assists 41-year-old Ann Arbor-area business move across town to new facility.

A long-time Scio Township business has left its Jackson Plaza home of 41 years and relocated to a different shop less than 5 miles away at 221 Dino Drive in Scio Township.

AutoGlow -- an automotive detail shop that first opened in March 1973 -- made the move from 144 Jackson Plaza in late-April, said owner Corey Wallace. Wallace sa

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2014-05-14     10-year-old Milan company relocates to 6,500-square-foot Ypsilanti Township facility.

Swisher Commercial welcomes Concrete Leveling Inc. to 1659 Beverly Avenue, Ypsilanti.


For more information call Tony Caprarese at (734) 222-7520.

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2014-05-14     Multibillion-dollar India-based auto group unveils new vehicle, manufacturing facility in Ann Arbor

Multibillion-dollar India-based auto group, Michigan governor Rick Snyder, and Swisher Commercial! Mahindra leases space in 1901 E. Ellsworth from Bart Wise. 19,000 sf of warehouse space still available, for more information call (734) 662-3778.

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2014-04-30     Randy Maas and Mike Giraud provide space for Liquid Web, a web hosting company joining Ann Arbor’s growing tech community.

The privately held, Lansing-based web hosting company recently signed a lease at 315 W. Huron St. inside of the Arbor Atrium building in downtown Ann Arbor to occupy 4,000-square-fee

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2014-04-28     Swisher Commercial and Bailiwicks Outdoors brings fly fishing accessories and outdoor gear to Dexter

Lauren Kingsley hopes to make fly-fishing a more accessible sport for women.

To achieve that goal, Kingsley and business partner Dirk Fischbach opened Bailiwicks Outdoors at 7940 Ann Arbor St. in Dexter, Concentrate Media reported. Swisher Commercial's John E

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2014-04-15     For more information about the Saline Gallery Shopping Center please contact Tony Caprarese at - 734-222-7520.

The owners of the Saline Gallery Shopping Center have listed the eight-store plaza - anchored by tenants Dollar General and ACO Harware - for sale, with a price tag of $1.9 million.

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2014-04-10     Saline Shopping Center for Sale - 423 E. Michigan, Saline

Contact Tony Caprarese if you have questions or would like to arrange a showing. 734-222-7520.

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2014-04-02     Biggby Coffee to open new store on Jackson Road. Deal brokered by Swisher Commercial's Mike Giraud and Randy Maas.

East Lansing-based Biggby Coffee plans to expand its presence in Washtenaw County this year.

A franchisee for the coffee shop chain signed a lease for the Jackson Business Center at 5245 Jackson Road in Scio Township.

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2014-03-31     Great Downtown Ann Arbor restaurant/retail location available for lease!

For more information on 529 E. Liberty call Randy Maas (734-222-7525) or Mike Giraud (734-662-3617).

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2014-03-18     Ann Arbor/San Fransisco tech company, Olark is moving its operations to Main Street in hopes of expansion.

Ron Dankert was the listing agent for 205 N. Main Street and Joe Palms served as leasing agent for this deal.

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2014-03-18     Come join us at the School of Rock Ann Arbor Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

A2Y Chamber - Please join School of Rock Ann Arbor for our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Refreshments will be served.

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2014-03-04     Dave Hamilton of Swisher Commercial sells Woodruff's business at 36 E. Cross in Ypsilanti to popular Ann Arbor-area Mexican restaurant, the Maiz Mexican Cantina.

The owner of a popular Ann Arbor-area Mexican restaurant and bar has purchased Woodruff's in Ypsilanti and plans to move into the location by May.

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2014-02-25     I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Wonderful opportunity to own a successful long standing business!

Call Tony Caprarese at Swisher Commercial (734-663-0501) for more information on the sale of Mickey's Dairy Twist business and buildings.

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2014-02-24     Boutique fitness center to open on Jackson Road in March

John Evans of Swisher Commercial represented both sides of the transaction for a new Boutique Fitness Studio on Jackson Road. Property has two retail spaces in front of Quality 16, 1200 square feet and 3900 square feet, still available for lease.

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2014-02-17     North Washington in downtown Ypsilanti is looking for a new owner to revitalize the block. Give Dave Hamilton or Charlie Koenn a call at 734-663-0501 to see what these buildings have to offer!

The price for the bank-owned Pub 13 and Club Divine buildings in downtown Ypsilanti has dropped $405,000 since being placed on the market nearly four years ago.

The new owner, Talmer West West, decided to lower the asking pri

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2014-02-17     Swisher Commercial welcomes Heritage Collision & Frame to the Jackson Road corridor!

A 30-year-old, family-owned collision and repair shop in Ypsilanti is expanding its operations into Scio Township, just beyond the Ann Arbor border.

Heritage Collision & Frame - which originated in Garden City, but has called Ypsilanti its home for the last 10 years - recently purchased a specially zoned property at

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2014-02-03     A 60-year-old production company relocated its headquarters to Scio Township this year after outgrowing a building in Brighton.

TLS Productions Inc., a full-service sales, rental and lighting production company, purchased a 43,000-square-foot building at 78 Jackson Plaza and moved its 22 full-time employees to the area. Bart Wise, John Evans and Charlie Koenn represented the buyers and sellers on this deal.

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2014-01-14     Depot Town business for sale by Dave Hamilton

The future of a popular nightspot is up in the air after the building owners listed the space for sale.

Woodruff's operator Hasan Mihyar said the business could appear somewhere else, but its future is up in the air right now.

"I would love to find a spot or a place where I

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2014-01-07     Swisher Commercial releases its YE2013 Office/Flex Vacancy Report.

To request a copy, go to http://www.swishercommercial.com/vacancy and scroll to the bottom of the page to request a full copy of the report.

The Ann Arbor region's office vacancy rate is continuing a downward trend and is at the lowest level since 2003, according to an annual

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2013-12-20     A nice all Swisher Commercial deal with John Evans and Charlie Koenn representing the Landlord and Jeff Evans representing the School of Rock.

ANN ARBOR - A new music education franchise is set to open in Ann Arbor in early 2014.

School of Rock, a performance-based afterschool music franchise, will open in a 2,400-square-foot location at 6101 Jackson Rd., Concentrate Media reported.

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2013-12-10     Contact Tony Caprarese if you are interested in one or both of the remaining spaces with Biggby Coffee and Metro PCS.

Biggby Coffee officially opened its first Ypsilanti location Tuesday, making it the sixth location in Washtenaw County.

The store opened at 1510 Washtenaw Ave., in the former Sunshine Grocery.

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2013-11-14     Jeff Evans of Swisher Commercial represented Dr. Anil Singal in opening the newest business downtown Chelsea. Read more about Adult and Pediatric Dermatology during its ribbon cutting last week.

The Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed new member and Chelsea business Adult & Pediatric Dermatology Wednesday afternoon with a ribbon cutting for the new medical cosmetic office located in Suite 250 in the Clocktower Commons.

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2013-11-14     Randy Maas and Mike Giraud lease 521 E. Liberty to Tamaki Sushi restaurant. Can't wait for the grand opening!

Restaurateur Frank Cheng plans to bring his Lansing-based sushi restaurant to downtown Ann Arbor next week.

Tamaki will celebrate its grand opening at 11 a.m. on Nov. 19 at 521 E. Liberty St., in the 1,864-square-foot space

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2013-11-13     Joe Palms of Swisher Commercial finds Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea a location in which to expand!

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, a 20-year-old local coffee shop, plans to open a new store in downtown Ann Arbor.

A franchisee signed a lease to open a 2,020-square-foot Sweetwaters store in the former flagship Borders building at 604 E. Liberty St.

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2013-11-04     Mike Giraud of Swisher Commercial and Dahlmann Properties win Commercial Real Estate Deal of the Year

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of Deals of the Year 2013.

 

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2013-10-30     Ron Dankert and Joe Palms of Swisher Commercial worked together to lease 205 N. Main to the owners of Legion menswear.

Michael Kao believes downtown Ann Arbor could use more art galleries and a more diverse selection of clothing stores.

To help fill that void, Kao and his business partners plan to open Legion, a menswear boutique that will also display artwork from Michigan artists, at 205 N. Main St. in November.

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2013-10-23     Scio Township’s Board of Trustees approved a final site plan Tuesday night for a Holiday Inn Express & Suites. The site is a Charlie Koenn listing here at Swisher Commercial near Zeeb Road and I-94.

Scio Township's Board of Trustees approved a final site plan Tuesday night for a Holiday Inn Express & Suites near Zeeb Road and Interstate 94.

The board unanimously approved the site plan with no discussion on Tues

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2013-10-07     Dave Hamilton and Charlie Koenn offer two prime Downtown Ypsilanti retail/storefronts. Multiple business opportunities at 13-17 N. Washington.

The former Pub 13 and Club Divine buildings have been vacant for nearly three years in Ypsilanti, but a new program in the works could potentially see those storefronts revitalized.

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2013-10-07     Randy Maas and Mike Giraud teamed up to provide space for Northstar Bank - A New Bank to the Ann Arbor Market

As the Ann Arbor area's economy continues to expand, there is more business to be done for banks in the area, and banks across the state - and around the country - have taken notice.

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2013-10-03     Check out this year's 'Deals of the Year' nominees!

Toyota Technical Center's $28 million expansion project and the new 90,700-square-foot shopping center on Washtenaw Avenue are among the nominees for The Ann Arbor News/MLive Media Group's 2013 Deals of the Year awards.

The annual black-tie awards ceremony

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2013-10-01     Michigan Theater building represented by Mike Giraud and Randy Mass of Swisher Commercial; with office suites still available.

Here comes the sun-powered Michigan Theater marquee - and it's all right.

Yes, installation of a rooftop solar array - an electrical device made up of connected solar cells - should be completed this week at Ann Arbor's historic Michigan Theater. Once the system is in place and operational, it should generate enough electri

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2013-09-24     Tony Caprarese leases space to Metro PCS at 1510 Washtenaw in Ypsilanti.

Metro PCS is the second business slated to occupy the former Sunshine Grocery building on Washtenaw Avenue in Ypsilanti. The news comes less than a week after Biggby Coffee confirmed it would ope

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2013-09-20     Tony Caprarese leases space to Biggby Coffee at 1510 Washtenaw in Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti residents will soon have another option for their morning coffee runs now that Biggby Coffee confirmed plans to open a location in the city.

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2013-09-16     Tony Caprarese leases space to Oriental Rose in Centennial Plaza in downtown Ypsilanti

When Rob and Rose Noonan moved to the United States two years ago from Melbourne, Australia, they decided to find a place to open up a traditional Chinese medicine practice. They were looking for a certain attribute - a city open to unique ideas and alternatives.

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2013-09-12     John Evans and Charlie Koenn provide space for another fitness alternative for Ann Arbor's Westside.

Personal trainer AnnMarie Furlong hopes to make exercise accessible for the "everyday person" with her new fitness center on Ann Arbor's South Maple Road.

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2013-09-11     Swisher Commercial's Dave Hamilton, CCIM lists the former Boys & Girls Club site for redevelopment

A site formerly used by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan in Ypsilanti has been listed by the city for $285,000 and officials hope the property can be redeveloped for a housing project.

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2013-08-23     Above Ground Hair Studio will move to former Pink Pump space on Liberty leased by Swisher Commercial's Mike Giraud and Randy Maas.

Above Ground Hair Studio will move from its location above Stucchi's on South State Street into a space on East Liberty, according to a sign posted in the window of the former Pink Pump retail shop.&l

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2013-07-25     Tamaki sushi restaurant coming to Ann Arbor's East Liberty Street - deal brokered by Randy Maas and Mike Giraud.

The owner of Lansing-based sushi restaurant Tamaki plans to bring his fast-casual concept to downtown Ann Arbor this year. Tamaki owner Frank Cheng signed a lease for the 1,864-square-foot space at 521 E. Liberty St., which was

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2013-07-25     Top Five Vacant Retail Spaces in Ann Arbor. Randy Maas of Swisher Commercial provides his input.

The start of 2013 spurred a hot streak of retail and restaurant activity in Ann Arbor.

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2013-06-19     544 Detroit has closed and is approved for a 4,077 sf building. Doug Smith brokered the deal.

Plans for a new three-story, mixed-use building in the Old Fourth Ward Historic District are moving forward after winning approval from the Ann Arbor City Council.

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2013-06-12     Mike Giraud coordinates Dahlmann purchase of high profile, 301 E. Liberty office building in downtown Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor's Dahlmann Properties finalized a deal Monday to purchase a high-profile office building on the corner of Ann Arbor's South Fifth Avenue and East Liberty Street.

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2013-05-21     Giraud and Maas lease space on S. University to BurgerFi

A franchisee signed a lease for the 3,645-square-foot space on the first-floor of the University Towers apartment building on the corner of South Forest and South University.

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2013-04-08     Big data startup DeepField moves into Ann Arbor's growing tech corridor

Ann Arbor's "tech hub" on East Liberty Street added another startup to its roster when big data company DeepField moved into office space above the Michigan Theater.

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2013-04-01     MedHub Receives Incentives, Commits to $1.7M Investment in Dexter Facility

Ann Arbor SPARK four-time FastTrack winner MedHub recently received support from the Village of Dexter that will help the company expand at a historical site in the community. Ann Arbor SPARK worked with the company throughout the incentives process, which resulted in MedHub committing to invest more than

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2013-04-01     Whimsical retail shop Catching Fireflies now open in Ann Arbor's Kerrytown

April and Steve McCrumb brought a pop of color to the Kerrytown neighborhood last week with the opening of their Catching Fireflies retail shop.

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2013-02-07     Former Hot N' Now restaurant on Washtenaw Avenue purchased after being listed for several years

The purchase of a former Hot N' Now drive-thru restaurant in Ypsilanti Township is the latest change in a recent flurry of economic activity along the Washtenaw Avenue corridor.

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2013-02-06     Many Lives of 2390 Winewood - The history of the Observer's new home

You wouldn't think a simple 1940s industrial building would have much of a history, but 2390 Winewood, the new home of the Ann Arbor Observer, has a surprisingly diverse past: it has housed a manufacturer of trading stamp gifts, a factory where the first hockey helm

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2013-01-24     Is there a demand for more office space in downtown Ann Arbor?

When network security firm Barracuda Networks announced major expansion plans in summer 2011, the company was determined to remain near downtown Ann Arbor.

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2013-01-21     Historic Kerrytown building will get new life after sale to North Star Financial Consultants

Two financial advisors in Ann Arbor recently became Kerrytown landlords after they purchased a historic building on Detroit Street.

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2013-01-15     Ypsilanti manufacturer plans $1.4M expansion: New R&D center, 20 jobs added and revenue gains

American Broach, an Ypsilanti headquartered company, is investing $1.4 million in the purchase and upgrade of a facility to house its new research and development center and employees.

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2013-01-10     Driskell and Zemke take oath of office, reiterate pledge to make education a top priority

Washtenaw County's two newest representatives in the Michigan House reiterated their pledge to make education a top priority as they were sworn into office on Wednesday.

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2013-01-08     Pittsfield Township's Planning Commission will consider day care center and apartment project this week

Pittsfield Township.s Planning Commission will consider a request Thursday night that would allow a day care center to open in a shopping center on Packard Road.

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2012-12-30     Ann Arbor office vacancy falls to lowest levels since 2003

The Ann Arbor region closed 2012 with the lowest office vacancy rates since 2003, according to a local report, indicating that the area's economy is continuing to improve.

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2012-12-07     New owners plan to re-open Middle Kingdom Chinese restaurant 'as soon as possible'

Blimpy Burger is in jeopardy, but another popular restaurant in downtown Ann Arbor will be reopening its doors.

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2012-12-06     Mexican, pizza and crepes: Wave of new restaurants coming to downtown Ann Arbor

Downtown Ann Arbor.s dining options already are extensive, but a wave of new restaurants planning to open in the next few months are sure to take the local palate to a whole new level

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2012-12-03     Catching fireflies retail shop signs lease to open in Ann Arbor's Kerrytown

Fifteen years after April and Steve McCrumb started selling handmade paper goods at the Ann Arbor Art Fair and Sunday Artisan Market, they are returning to the area with a brick-and-mortar store.

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2012-11-06     Driskell nabs 52nd District seat in Michigan House from Ouimet with 52.9% of the vote

Democratic candidate Gretchen Driskell has defeated incumbent and Republican Mark Ouimet for the 52nd District seat in the Michigan House of Representatives in a close race where both parties paid top dollar in the fight to gain partisan control.

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2012-11-01     Ecorse Road: Main 'artery' of Ypsilanti area sees start of economic revival

After years of little development along the Ecorse Road corridor that runs through Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township, new businesses opening may signal the beginning of an economic revitalization in the area.

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2012-10-16     3-story development on Detroit Street wins approval from Ann Arbor Historic District Commission

Plans to demolish a blighted gas station on Detroit Street and replace it with a 3-story flatiron-style building were approved by Ann Arbor.s Historic District Commission last week.

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2012-09-25     Blighted gas station on Ann Arbor's Detroit Street could be replaced with 3-story development

An Ann Arbor developer is targeting a long-vacant, graffiti-covered building on Detroit Street in Ann Arbor for his next project.

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2012-09-17     Change coming to Ann Arbor's South Main Street as 2 restaurant buildings listed for sale

Change is afoot on the 300 block of Ann Arbor's South Main Street, where two restaurant buildings were listed for sale recently.

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2012-09-05     Demand for nursing professions draws new training school to Ypsilanti

A concentration of area hospitals coupled with a high-demand for workers trained in medical professions has brought a new nurses training school to Ecorse Road in Ypsilanti.

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2012-09-03     'Tattoo spa' leaving Briarwood Mall to open new studio on Ann Arbor's North Main Street

Less than a year after joining forces to open a spa, tattoo and piercing studio at Ann Arbor's Briarwood Mall, mother and daughter entrepreneurs plan to move their studio to North Main Street.

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2012-07-27     Tropical Smoothie Cafe to open on East Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor

Three months after the owner of Allure Boutique closed his East Liberty Street store, the downtown Ann Arbor space has a new tenant: Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

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2012-07-19     Vacant house on Jackson Road to be demolished for new office construction

A vacant bank-owned house on Jackson Road in Scio Township was sold this month, paving way for the construction of an office building.

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2012-07-09     Two Local Businesses Move Showrooms and Expand

Two local businesses, Delux Drapery & Shade Company and DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen, are relocating to larger facilities in Ann Arbor to keep up with their expanding business.

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2012-06-15     Emerald Dragonfly closes after 5 years near Kerrytown

Emerald Dragonfly, a flower and hand-made gifts shop in Kerrytown, closed its doors recently, leaving the Ann Arbor retail property open for new tenants.

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2012-06-15     Bay Design Store to close on Detroit Street in Ann Arbor; local investor buys building

After more than 35 years of running her interior design and furniture business in Ann Arbor, Susan Bay plans to close the Bay Design Store on Detroit Street this fall. The decision comes as the building is being sold.

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2012-03-28     Insomnia Cookies to return to Ann Arbor with permanent space on South University Avenue

Insomnia Cookies -- the late night cookie business popular with University of Michigan students -- recently signed a lease for a permanent space on South University Avenue.

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2012-03-23     Saline Main Street Group Celebrates Selection

About 40 people gathered Tuesday at Mac's for a press conference formally announcing Saline as a select-level Michigan Main Street community.

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2012-03-14     Workers unearth rail car buried underground for decades in Dexter

Crews recently uncovered a 30-foot-long rail car that was buried underground for decades at an industrial site in Dexter.

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2012-03-13     Restaurant on Ann Arbor's East Liberty will close when new tenant is found

Changes on downtown Ann Arbor's East Liberty Street will continue this year as soon as a new tenant can be found to take over a restaurant that opened less than a year ago.

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2012-03-09     King Engineering's departure creates rare redevelopment opportunity on South State Street near Briarwood Mall

A high-profile but aging Ann Arbor manufacturing complex previously occupied by King Engineering Corp. is empty for the first time in more than half a century, creating a major redevelopment opportunity near Briarwood Mall.

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2012-03-08     75-year-old Ann Arbor manufacturer moved to West Virginia after acquisition

King Engineering Corp., which was founded in Ann Arbor 75 years ago as an offshoot of another local firm, closed its prominent South State Street headquarters on Dec. 31 after the company was sold earlier in 2011.

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2012-03-07     Mexican restaurant to open in former Signature Grill on East Michigan Avenue in Saline

Cancun Mexican Grill, a Kentucky-based restaurant with six current locations in Michigan, is opening its first Washtenaw County location this summer on East Michigan Avenue in Saline.

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2012-02-16     Owner to close Allure Boutique on East Liberty Street after 12 years downtown

The owner of downtown Ann Arbor's Allure Boutique plans to close his shop on East Liberty Street at the end of April after 12 years of operating a business downtown.

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2012-02-10     Data management company adding 15 jobs in move to downtown Ann Arbor

Data management firm BraveSoft plans to hire 15 new employees in Ann Arbor in 2012 after nearly doubling its local office space.

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2012-01-09     Ann Arbor's commercial real estate market improving as vacancy rates fall

Ann Arbor's economy is improving for the second consecutive year, according the most detailed survey available of the local office market.

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2012-01-09     Frozen yogurt shop to open on East Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor

The former Poshh space on East Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor has a new tenant: a frozen yogurt shop named Yoggie's.

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2011-08-16     Apparel and textile design studio relocates to downtown Ann Arbor

An apparel and textile design studio opened its doors for business on South Fourth Avenue in downtown Ann Arbor this week after relocating from a location on South Ashley Street. The studio, Nonpareil, is now located in a 1,252-square-foot second-floor space at 208 S. Fourth Ave. next to the Asian Martial Arts Studio.

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2011-06-09     New Ann Arbor doggy daycare strives to offer tailored experience for each pup, owner says

If it's true that every dog has its day, many of them would probably like to spend it at Ann Arbor's newest doggy daycare and boarding franchise Camp Bow Wow, opening this Friday. Owner Barbara Patton, who worked in the insurance industry for 30 years at AAA and other agencies, has been a dog lover all her life.

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2011-04-13     Commercial Real Estate Market Activity Increasing Compared to 2010

With the first quarter of 2011 behind us, it seems safe to say that the commercial real estate market in the Ann Arbor area will inprove in 2011. Vacancy rates have dipped, and local brokers are reporting an increase in activity compared to 2010.

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2011-03-29     New owners of ex-Concannon development list 'big hole' in downtown Saline for sale

Saline officials see a nuisance. Passers-by see a big hole in the middle of downtown. Now the new owners of an unfinished construction site hope at least one developer will see potential in the 1.47-acre property on Michigan Avenue.

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2011-03-02     Weingartz expanding into Ann Arbor market after buying ex-Harley Davidson store on Jackson Road

A Michigan-based outdoor power equipment retailer will move into the former Harley Davidson dealership on Jackson Road.

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2011-01-27     Kerrytown owners invest in Ypsilanti retail building on edge of EMU campus, plan major renovations

A landmark Ypsilanti retail building will undergo a major transformation at the hands of new owner O'Neal Construction, which also developed Ann Arbor's Kerrytown Market & Shops.

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2011-01-27     Brewed Awakenings coffee shop will open March 1 at Michigan and Moon near Saline

Kimberly Kaster spent the last year drawing up a business plan and taking steps that would allow her to return to a much-loved job: running a community-oriented coffee shop.

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2010-07-16     Ex-auto dealerships listed for sale in Washtenaw County as dealer networks contract

The national auto dealership consolidation and fallout from the financial crisis is becoming visible in local commercial real estate as former retail car lots come onto the market.

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2010-07-15     Packard Street business district gains 2 new tenants amid changes to corridor

Two new businesses are planning to open on Packard Street south of East Stadium Boulevard, providing a continuing wave of activity in what has been one of the more stable commercial real estate areas in Ann Arbor.

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2010-06-18     Holistic health center moving to bigger, greener office in south Ann Arbor

To keep up with a growing patient base and to better reflect its identity, Bio Energy Medical Center is moving to roomier and more ecologically sound quarters on Ann Arbor's east side.

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2010-06-03     Tecumseh prepares for economic recovery by launching business and technology campus

Tecumseh isn't standing still, waiting for economic recovery. The city is preparing for the turnaround now.

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2010-06-03     Longtime EMU campus-area businesses Theo's and Ted's Campus Store listed for sale in Ypsilanti

Generations of Eastern Michigan University students made Theo Doors Inc. the longest-lasting campus-area bar in Ypsilanti.

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2010-04-29     Ypsilanti couple plans $2.2 million renovation after purchase of 3 downtown Ypsilanti buildings

An Ypsilanti couple is turning an opportunity to buy a downtown Ypsilanti bank foreclosure into a three-building purchase that will result in a $2.2 million project.

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2010-04-15     (April 2010) Saline's former Kelly's restaurant space to become Italian eatery after sale

The long-vacant downtown Saline restaurant property once operated as Kelly's and Saline Café will be revived later this year as a new Italian restaurant after the property was sold this morning.

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2010-03-25     (March 2010) Ann Arbor's Bombay Grocers buys former Fantasy Attic store on Packard for expansio

An Indian grocery is moving forward with plans to expand on the east side of Ann Arbor - but instead of building a new store, Bombay Grocers will move a few doors west into an existing storefront.

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2010-03-18     (March 2010) -- Ypsilanti approves first redevelopment liquor license for former T.C.'s Speakeasy downtown

Prospective buyers of the former T.C's Speakeasy in downtown Ypsilanti are seeking a unique liquor license with which they will be able reopen the shuttered bar and grill.

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2010-01-21     (January 2010) -- Ann Arbor educator starting Michigan's 1st high school for students with autism, Asperger's

Ann Arbor will be the location of the first private high school in Michigan offering college-prep curriculum exclusively to students who have high-functioning autism and Asperger's Syndrome.

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2010-01-21     (January 2010) -- Ann Arbor's Absolute Title moving into former Masonic Temple on West Liberty

Absolute Title Co. of Ann Arbor will have a new home this spring after its owners bought the former Masonic Temple building on West Liberty.

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2010-01-07     (January 2010) -- Business Review's 2010 Ann Arbor area Commercial Real Estate Roundtable

What's there to say about commercial real estate in Ann Arbor at the start of 2010?

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2010-01-07     (January 2010) -- Ann Arbor office vacancy climbs to 17.62 percent

Ann Arbor closed 2009 with the highest office vacancy rate recorded since a local real estate firm starting tracking it in 1993.

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2009-11-05     (November 2009) -- Ypsilanti-based HighScope foundation lists Clinton camp for sale

The HighScope Educational Research Foundation, a pioneer in early childhood curriculum development, is trying to sell its camp near Clinton. A sales video can be viewed here.

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2009-01-01     (January 2009) -- Swisher: Vacancies remain flat

Economic environment makes 2009 outlook uncertain.

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2008-03-08     (January 2008) -- Swisher Commercial Year-End 2007 Vacancy Report

The Ann Arbor office market remained flat in 2007, as increased leasing activity downtown and in the north was offset by continued weakness in the south.

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2008-01-31     (April 2008) -- At 40, Swisher expands, targets $100M

Swisher Commercial is eying new markets and looking to bolster its volume in 2008 while closely guarding its independence, as it enters its 40th year as one of Ann Arbor's flagship brokerages.

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2007-12-05     (December 2007) --Executive Profile - Gretchen Driskell

Since her first term in 1999, Gretchen Driskell has gradually become perhaps the most popular politician in the history of Saline.

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2007-10-18     (January 2008) -- Norfolk Homes starting second office structure

The owners of Norfolk Homes are setting their sights on commercial development to diversify their business, beginning construction on their second Ann Arbor office building this fall.

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2007-10-15     (October 2007) -- Press release

Swisher Commercial is pleased to announce the induction of Swisher agent, Gretchen Driskell, to a board of directors post of the Commercial Board of REALTORS (CBOR).

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2007-01-15     (February 2007) -- Press release

Swisher Commercial is pleased to announce the addition of Willem van Reesema and Larry
R. Zahn to its sales and leasing staff.

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2007-01-04     (January 2007) -- Old Madison Electric building fills children's recreation niche

A new recreation facility is taking shape on Jackson Road, filling a former industrial building with tenants that offer children's activities.

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2007-01-04     (January 2007) -- Swisher's annual report shows flat office market

The local office market starts 2007 with data that shows significant vacancy increases, according to an annual survey by Swisher Commercial, but the stories behind that jump tell of little change over the previous year.

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2007-01-02     (January 2008) -- Press Release

Charlie Koenn joins the Swisher team specializing in the sale, investment and development of vacant land with experience in all facets of commercial real estate, investment and development properties.

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2006-11-23     (November 2006) -- Colleagues pay tribute to Bob Bliss

Ann Arbor's commercial real estate community joined civic leaders, family and friends in paying tribute to Robert Bliss, a vice president at Swisher Commercial, at a memorial gathering on Nov. 17 at Ann Arbor Country Club.

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2006-06-01     (June 2006) -- Press release

Mark Buerkle has joined Swisher Commercial as a Licensed Real Estate Agent. Mark brings to the Swisher team experience in international manufacturing with an educational background in International Trade, European Law & Policy and German.

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2006-04-21     (April 2006) -- Press release

John B. Evans, a commercial real estate agent with Swisher Commercial for the past 5 years, has become a partner in the brokerage firm and has taken the title of Vice President.

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2006-01-01     (January 2006) -- Press release

Gretchen Driskell...Paul Bidwell, MAI, CCIM...Cynthia Debol...Douglas Buhlman

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2005-12-22     (December 2005) -- Saline mayor joins Swisher

The Mayor of Saline is taking on a new role: Commercial real-estate brokerage. Gretchen Driskell will join the staff of Swisher Commercial in January, after working for several years in property management for the Phoenix Company.

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2005-10-06     (October 2005) -- Local developer joins Swisher

A familiar face in local development circles recently stepped into a new role: commercial real estate agent at Swisher Commercial. Reyn Hendrickson, an owner at Forest Cove office center at M-14 and Miller in Ann Arbor, started work as an associate broker in late September.

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2005-07-22     Swisher Commercial is expanding into Lenawee County, where the Ann Arbor-based commercial real estate firm is opening a branch office in Tecumseh this month. Paul Bidwell, a real estate broker and app

Business Direct Weekly's "The List" ranks Swisher Commercial #1 in commercial real estate agencies in Washtenaw and Livingston counties by number of commercial listings.

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2005-04-12     (April 2005) -- Swisher opens Tecumseh office

Swisher Commercial is expanding into Lenawee County, where the Ann Arbor-based commercial real estate firm is opening a branch office in Tecumseh this month. Paul Bidwell, a real estate broker and appraiser, will work the territory in the county located southwest of Ann Arbor. Communities that he'll cover include Clinton, Tecumseh and Adr

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2005-01-15     http://swishercommercial.com/pdf/Doug_Jeff_Mike_01_2004.pdf

Office leasing in Ann Arbor at the end of 2003 showed gains in the northeast part of the city and the highest vacancy rate for downtown since 1995, according to a new report released by Swisher Commercial.

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2005-01-05     (January 2006) -- Local office market stable

The Ann Arbor market shows only a marginal change in its overall vacancy rate from 2004, according to an annual year-end survey from Swisher Commercial.

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2003-10-03     (October 2003) -- Office deals on the move

A rebound in the region's commercial real estate market is forecast for 2004, with many area brokers predicting that the increased activity late this year will continue and that next year's business could climb by as much as 20 percent.

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2003-09-18     (September 2003) -- Music database firm moves to Pittsfield Township

All Media Guide will move its offices from downtown Ann Arbor to Valley Ranch Business Park in Pittsfield Township, gaining room to expand the company that has the world's biggest entertainment database.

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2003-09-11     (September 2003) -- Chain stores moving to Ann Arbor

The Von Maur department store chain opens its Briarwood Mall doors Sept. 15 with millions of dollars invested and future expansion plans that could include other stores in Michigan.

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Informative Articles

2015-11-25     Swisher Commercial Newsletter - November 2015

Have you considered the auction method for selling real estate?

"In today's dynamic market, real estate at auction is known as the Accelerated Method of marketing."
A professional auctioneer works to gather all pertinent information and assembles a property information package (PIP). Once completed and prepped for marketing, the auctioneer creates a significant online presence and begins the marketing process with a specific sales and closing date in mind. The information assembled and marketed to prospective buyers is complete and fully discloses all known faults and attributes associated with the property. The detailed profile gives prospective buyers confidence and a clear picture as to the potential of the opportunity at hand.

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2015-11-17     Swisher Commercial Newsletter- October 2015

Approach "Zoning" with Confidence

Choosing a location for your business is much more than choosing the street corner with the highest traffic count. The ZONING of a property can make or break a deal!

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2015-11-17     Swisher Commercial Newsletter- July 2015

Navigating Real Estate in Jackson

Success stories in Jackson confirm that positioning your property to be shovel-ready and primed to house a new company or business venture is not only the quickest step towards a sale/lease but a solid long-term move to ensure investment return and profit.

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2015-11-17     Swisher Commercial Newsletter- June 2015

Optimize Your Energy Efficiency

Swisher Commercial agents encourage both property owners and tenants to take a closer look at how energy efficient practices can benefit your bottom line. Energy use is one of the largest operating expenses in commercial buildings. Do you have a thorough understanding of the energy systems and functionality at your property?

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2015-11-17     Swisher Commercial Newsletter- April 2015

Property Management in Washtenaw County, By Ron Dankert

Swisher Commercial agents are often asked if we manage property in Michigan. Our initial response is --- YES, we have a long history of managing several types of high profile, non-residential buildings in the Ann Arbor area.

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2015-11-17     Swisher Commercial Newsletter- March 2015

The ABC's of Leasing Office Space, By Bart Wise

Considering leasing new office space or moving from an existing office suite?
If so, here are five points to consider when asking a broker to help you find a new office.

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2015-06-29     Top 10 things you need to know about Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

By Andrew C. Brought of Spencer Fane Britt & Browne

"As someone who frequently helps businesses buy and sell commercial and industrial properties, all too often I encounter misunderstandings about Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) and their role in a property transaction. Although not an exhaustive list, you should understand these 10 facts about ESAs."

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2013-05-14     Utilities and real estate

by Jack "Reyn" Hendrickson, Jr.

Fixed investments require utilities simply to function, and energy prices are highly volatile. A building achieving better operating economies and/or a higher degree of security than competing buildings will enjoy significantly higher value.

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2013-04-30     The ABC's of leasing office space

by Bart Wise

Considering leasing new office space or moving from an existing office suite? If so, here are five points to consider when asking a broker to help you find a new office location:

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2013-04-16     Property management

by Ronald Dankert

"Do you manage property?" is a question often asked of Swisher Commercial staff. Our initial response is -- yes, we have a long history of managing several types of high profile, non-residential buildings in the Washtenaw County area. As is often said, "books are written on this subject", but following are some important general considerations for the property owner in his or her quest.

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2013-04-15     Capitalization rates

by Paul Bidwell, MAI, CCIM

The purpose of this short article is to define what a capitalization rate is, how it is calculated in the marketplace, and to demonstrate the importance of this measuring device to participants in the real estate market.

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2013-04-08     Commercial real estate entering the 1960's commercial revolution

by John Swisher III

What I would like to convey with this "snapshot" is what Ann Arbor looked like in the early 1960's. I want to show where people shopped, ate, and worked. I want to show how much change there has been, and at the same time show how important the downtown is today as it was back in the early 60's.

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2013-04-08     Liquor licensing changes

by Paul Bidwell, MAI, CCIM

Public Act 501 was signed by the Governor signed into law a new type of redevelopment liquor license. This license is most beneficial to municipalities that need new businesses in downtown areas controlled by Development Districts or City Redevelopment Project Areas..

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2013-04-08     Brownfield Re-Development

by Jessica Eisenman, Principal Brownfield Planner

Brownfields are abandoned, idled, or underused industrial or commercial facilities where expansion or redevelopment is
complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination.

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2013-04-08     How to Buy/Sell a Business

by Willem van Reesema

There are many advantages of buying an existing business vs. starting a new business. First, there are often a great reduction in startup costs that can drain time, energy and planned expenditures.

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2013-04-08     The 1 2 3s of Income Properties

by Doug Smith, CCIM

Owning an income property can be a great way to diversify an investment portfolio that contains stocks, bonds, and other more liquid forms of investment. While real property ownsership is a lot less liquid than many forms of investment, and hold periods are typically longer than for stocks and bonds, average returns can be equal or better to other forms of investment.

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2013-04-08     The Michigan Green Building Movement

by Jack Reynold "Reyn" Hendrickson

Air-assisted dual-flush toilets in the restrooms? Waterless urinals? Recyclable cork flooring? Green roofs? Geothermal systems? While these concepts may seem strange or even futuristic, they are just a few of the many elements of a sustainable building movement steadily rising nationwide.

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2013-04-08     Important information about Certificate of Occupancy for commercial re-occupation

by City of Ann Arbor Planning & Development Services ― Construction Services

All new commercial ventures coming into Ann Arbor are required to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy prior to opening for business. The process for receiving a Certificate of Occupancy begins with the submission of a re-occupation application. The re-occupation application is available in the “forms” section of the City web site http://www.a2gov.org. If the applicant intends to re-occupy without building modifications, repairs, or alterations, there is an inspection fee of $190. If the application is submitted with construction permit applications and drawings for alterations, the $190 fee is waived.

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