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.
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
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory closed its doors over the weekend after five years in downtown Ann Arbor.
April and Steve McCrumb brought a pop of color to the Kerrytown neighborhood last week with the opening of their Catching Fireflies retail shop.
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.
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
When network security firm Barracuda Networks announced major expansion plans in summer 2011, the company was determined to remain near downtown Ann Arbor.
Two financial advisors in Ann Arbor recently became Kerrytown landlords after they purchased a historic building on Detroit Street.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Blimpy Burger is in jeopardy, but another popular restaurant in downtown Ann Arbor will be reopening its doors.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
An Ann Arbor developer is targeting a long-vacant, graffiti-covered building on Detroit Street in Ann Arbor for his next project.
Change is afoot on the 300 block of Ann Arbor’s South Main Street, where two restaurant buildings were listed for sale recently.
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.
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.
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.
A vacant bank-owned house on Jackson Road in Scio Township was sold this month, paving way for the construction of an office building.
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.
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.
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.
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.
About 40 people gathered Tuesday at Mac's for a press conference formally announcing Saline as a select-level Michigan Main Street community.
Crews recently uncovered a 30-foot-long rail car that was buried underground for decades at an industrial site in Dexter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Data management firm BraveSoft plans to hire 15 new employees in Ann Arbor in 2012 after nearly doubling its local office space.
Ann Arbor’s economy is improving for the second consecutive year, according the most detailed survey available of the local office market.
The former Poshh space on East Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor has a new tenant: a frozen yogurt shop named Yoggie’s.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Michigan-based outdoor power equipment retailer will move into the former Harley Davidson dealership on Jackson Road.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Generations of Eastern Michigan University students made Theo Doors Inc. the longest-lasting campus-area bar in Ypsilanti.
Tecumseh isn’t standing still, waiting for economic recovery. The city is preparing for the turnaround now.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ann Arbor closed 2009 with the highest office vacancy rate recorded since a local real estate firm starting tracking it in 1993.
What's there to say about commercial real estate in Ann Arbor at the start of 2010?
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.
Economic environment makes 2009 outlook uncertain.
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.
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.
Since her first term in 1999, Gretchen Driskell has gradually become perhaps the most popular politician in the history of Saline.
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.
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).
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.
A new recreation facility is taking shape on Jackson Road, filling a former industrial building with tenants that offer children's activities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006-01-01 (January 2006) -- Press release
Gretchen Driskell...Paul Bidwell, MAI, CCIM...Cynthia Debol...Douglas Buhlman
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.