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One of Doug Smith's clients will be building a four-unit condo building on the 313 Davis Street property in Ann Arbor.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Contact Dave Hamilton for more information at 734-662-374
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
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. http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2015/07/new_st_joseph_saline_urgent_ca.html#incart_river
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Duo Security started off at the Tech Brewery building, managed and owned by Swisher Commercial broker Doug Smith, CCIM.
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.
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.
Mike Jurgenson leased 4584 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor, to Wright & Filippis. Welcome to Glencoe Crossing Shopping Center!
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.
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.
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
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.
"Our plan is to leave it as is, maintain it and k
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.
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.
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.
Bart Wise brokered this deal in 2014.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Rebuilding Ypsilanti's former entertainment district is just one opportunity - what sort of businesses do you think Ypsilanti could benefit from?
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.
Take a look at these 20 notable grand openings and closings in Ann Arbor from 2014. Click here for the feature on Mlive.
Read full article at Heritage.com.
Dave Hamilton brokered the deal at the former Angel Food Catering building at 6 W. Michigan Avenue.
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.
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
Saturday, Dec. 6th, featuring dance performances, a champagne toast, and more!
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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
(Found in article pictures: 2013 Commercial Real Estate Winners - Ora Pescovitz, Mike Giraud and Patricia Garcia)
Available retail/high-tech office suites at Glencoe Crossing: http://bit.ly/1z7snuU
For additional information, contact Mike Jurgenson (734-222-7522).
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).
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
Randy Maas and Mike Giraud represented the landlord in this deal. Looking forward to the opening in early 2015!
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
Joe Palms represented the deal at 604 E. Liberty St. For more information, contact him at (734)662-3676.
Randy Maas and Mike Giraud represented the landlord of 601 E. Liberty Street.
Read more on Mlive.com: http://bit.ly/1oXP5kU
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.
If interested in a showing, please contact Swisher Commercial at 734-663-0501.
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, a 20-year-old local coffee shop, plans to open its new downtown Ann Arbor store next month.
What a wonderful addition to the Ypsilanti community! Dave Hamilton represented the listing side of 36 E. Cross, Ypsilanti.
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.
For the pa
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.
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
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.
Swisher Commercial welcomes Concrete Leveling Inc. to 1659 Beverly Avenue, Ypsilanti.
For more information call Tony Caprarese at (734) 222-7520.
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
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
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.
Contact Tony Caprarese if you have questions or would like to arrange a showing. 734-222-7520.
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For more information call Bart Wise (734) 662-3778.
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.
For more information on 529 E. Liberty call Randy Maas (734-222-7525) or Mike Giraud (734-662-3617).
Ron Dankert was the listing agent for 205 N. Main Street and Joe Palms served as leasing agent for this deal.
A2Y Chamber - Please join School of Rock Ann Arbor for our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Refreshments will be served.
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.
Call Tony Caprarese at Swisher Commercial (734-663-0501) for more information on the sale of Mickey's Dairy Twist business and buildings.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
High-profile office buildings in downtown Ann Arbor rarely change hands.
But the recent sale of the seven-story, 95,000-square-foot building on the corner of East Liberty Street and South Fifth Avenue in d
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
University of Michigan students will have a new restaurant to add to their selection of near-campus food offerings next week: BurgerFi.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
The start of 2013 spurred a hot streak of retail and restaurant activity in Ann Arbor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The former Poshh space on East Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor has a new tenant: a frozen yogurt shop named Yoggie's.
Ann Arbor's economy is improving for the second consecutive year, according the most detailed survey available of the local office market.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What's there to say about commercial real estate in Ann Arbor at the start of 2010?
Ann Arbor closed 2009 with the highest office vacancy rate recorded since a local real estate firm starting tracking it in 1993.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.