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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.
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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     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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2014-05-14     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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2014-04-30     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.(Read More...)

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.

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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

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

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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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2013-10-01     Mike Giraud and Randy Mass lease 1235 S. University to BurgerFi

University of Michigan students will have a new restaurant to add to their selection of near-campus food offerings next week: BurgerFi.

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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     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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2013-07-25     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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2013-06-19     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     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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2013-04-01     Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory closes on Ann Arbor's East Liberty Street

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory closed its doors over the weekend after five years in downtown Ann Arbor.

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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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2013-02-07     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     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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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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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     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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2010-06-03     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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2010-04-29     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) -- 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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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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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) -- 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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2007-01-04     (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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2007-01-02     (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

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     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     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     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     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     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     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     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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