The Residences at 615 S Main moves toward city approval

The city of Ann Arbor's Planning Commission has recommended that The Residences at 615 South Main project get approval from City Council, a significant step forward for one of the newest apartment developments in downtown Ann Arbor.

The Residences at 615 S Main would replace a series of small, suburban-style commercial buildings with a 6-story apartment building that features ground floor commercial space and 245 units. The recommendation for approval from the city Planning Commission means it will go before the City Council for approval in July. If the development team receives the city’s approval  it would spend the rest of this year doing prep work for a full-on construction start in early 2017.

"We expect to be doing demolition on some of the buildings before the end of the year," says Brad Moore, principal of J Bradley Moore & Associates. "Foundation work won't begin until early next year."

Ann Arbor-based J Bradley Moore & Associates is co-designing the project with HLR Architects. The development calls for a broad variety of rental units, ranging from 400-square-foot micro units to townhomes. Some units will have up to five bedrooms. The will be one floor of underground parking for nearly parking spots to accommodate the apartments.

The development will also feature 5,000 square feet of commercial space where the builders plan to incorporate an 19th Century buggy factory into the overall development. To get the green light from the Planning Commission, the development team redesigned a portion of the project from a parking area to a pedestrian-oriented green space.

Source: Brad Moore, principal of J Bradley Moore & Associates
Writer: Jon Zemke

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