ANN ARBOR, MI – Plans for a new development called Game Day Condos, designed to accommodate game-day gatherings of Michigan football fans, are headed to the Ann Arbor City Council.
The city’s Planning Commission voted this week to recommend the council approve a four-story condo building directly across from the Big House. The site is located right in the middle of the tailgate action that takes place on University of Michigan football game days.
The project involves demolishing a two-story house at 1300 S. Main St., at the southwest corner of Main and Berkley, and building a four-unit condo building in its place.
Each condo would be located over a two-car garage at ground level, with the four garages and condo entry doors facing Berkley.
Each condo would have multiple balconies offering views of Michigan Stadium, including their own rooftop balconies connected to fourth-floor loft spaces. Each would have a bedroom on the third floor, and dining, living and kitchen spaces on the second floor.
A stormwater management system would be located under a pervious paver parking lot that would serve as a plaza area of sorts.
Some planning commissioners expressed concerns that the proposed building turns away from Main Street, which they think is an unfortunate design choice, but no commissioners voted against the project. Some offered suggestions for landscaping.
Wick 1300 LLC, a company affiliated with Wickfield Properties in Ann Arbor, is behind the development. Wick is working with architect Bowers and Associates Inc. The design team recently submitted a color rendering to the city, giving a better idea what the new condos would look like, as well as a revised site plan.
The estimated cost of construction is $922,000.
Also before the Planning Commission this week was a proposal for an apartment complex off Pontiac Trail known as The Cottages at Barton Green, which the commission postponed until May 1.