See plans for new $44M apartment development in Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR, MI – Plans are in the works for a $44 million apartment development on Ann Arbor’s west side, with a mix of options geared toward working professionals.

A Chicago-based developer operating under the name 2050 Commerce LLC is proposing a 327,399-square-foot building containing 267 market-rate apartments at 2050 Commerce Blvd., between Maple Road and Stadium Boulevard.

Pending city approval, construction is expected to start in spring 2018 and wrap up in summer 2019.

The plans include 29 studios, 170 one-bedroom apartments and 68 two-bedroom apartments, for a total of 335 bedrooms.

Documents submitted to the city indicate the apartments would range in size from just under 400 square feet to nearly 1,400 square feet, with monthly rents ranging from $800 to $1,800.

It’s described as a four-story apartment building with a private interior courtyard and a maximum building height of 55 feet.

$5.2M apartment complex proposed on Ann Arbor’s west side

Due to ground elevation changes, there actually are six different partial levels plus basement-level parking shown in the drawings.

“We’ve designed the building so that it steps up the hill, so the building is tiered,” explained project architect Brad Moore.

Moore said there would be a rooftop terrace offering tenants and guests amazing views of the Ann Arbor skyline. Some of the other building amenities tentatively include a health club, social lounges and business center. It’s also expected to be pet-friendly.

Moore said development is going to be geared toward working professionals, not University of Michigan students.

“This is absolutely not student-focused,” he said. “It’s going to be designed for working people, people who have day jobs.”

With local buses running along Commerce, Maple and Stadium, Moore said, it’s also going to be a transit-oriented development, providing good connectivity to the rest of the city.

He said it also will be walkable to many area businesses such as Arbor Farms Market,…

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