Could more dense housing projects be coming to Saline? Officials start the conversation
SALINE, MI - What do an affordable senior housing development in Boise, Idaho, a nearly 300-unit rental complex on Packard Street in Ann Arbor and a 56-year-old set of apartments in Saline have in common? None of them could be built in Saline today, thanks to city zoning rules that haven’t been updated in a half-century.mlive.com
Traffic watch: Road construction round-up for Washtenaw County, July 31
ANN ARBOR, MI -- There are a handful of construction projects in Washtenaw County that could impact commute times, traffic and road closures in the week. Northbound traffic will detour on Medford Road, Manchester Road, Washtenaw Avenue and East Stadium Boulevard back to St. Francis Drive. Northbound traffic will be detoured to northwest bound Packard Street, South Division Street, East Washington Street back to South State Street. READ MORE: I-94 ramps closing for much of the summer in Washtenaw County as construction continuesTo keep up with road closures and other construction projects, visit Washtenaw County Road Commission’s website or MDOT’s website. Read more from the Ann Arbor News:Ann Arbor Art Center will showcase mural-making process with new exhibitionStaff shortages prompt Ypsilanti-area coney island to temporarily closeDunkin’ coming to former Cloverleaf location in downtown Ann Arbormlive.com
Developments, demolition preparations temporarily closing 3 Ann Arbor streets
ANN ARBOR, MI - Temporary street closures for construction are coming to a thoroughfare and another street south of downtown, as well as Ann Arbor’s Lower Town area beginning Monday, July 25. On the block, The Standard, a new high-rise ranging from five to 10 stories is nearing completion, slated to host 218 apartments and ground-floor commercial space, MLive/The Ann Arbor News previously reported. Nearby, the northbound lanes of Thompson Street between East Madison Street and East Jefferson Street are also closing at 7 a.m. on Monday. The Fleming Administration Building, on the corner of Thompson Street and East Jefferson Street is scheduled for demolition this year. Across the Huron River north of downtown, another closure is coming to the Lower Town area along Broadway Street.mlive.com
Downtown Ann Arbor street reduced to one lane for bikeway project
ANN ARBOR, MI - A downtown Ann Arbor thoroughfare is being reduced to one lane of travel for painting as part of a protected bikeway project. Beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday, July 5, the easternmost lanes of Division Street between Packard Street and East Ann Street are closed, , according to city officials and the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority. Division Street will stay reduced to one northbound lane of vehicle traffic until the project’s expected completion at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 8.mlive.com
Ann Arbor bikeway expansion would link University of Michigan campus areas
ANN ARBOR, MI — Ann Arbor is proposing to expand the city’s new two-way bikeway on Division Street and asking for input from people who travel in the area. The north-south thoroughfare for cyclists runs along the east side of Division through downtown, stretching for several blocks from Packard Street to just south of Community High School.mlive.com
Ann Arbor DDA beginning work on new Division Street bikeway
ANN ARBOR, MI — A third protected bikeway is coming soon to downtown Ann Arbor. The Downtown Development Authority is moving forward next week with installing a two-way bikeway along the east side of Division Street. Construction for the Division Street bikeway is being broken down into two parts and first is the section north of Huron Street, said Maura Thomson, DDA interim director. The easternmost lane of Division Street from Huron to Catherine is closing for construction starting Monday, Oct. 11, and Division Street will be reduced to one lane of northbound traffic. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:Ann Arbor OKs design costs for new Border-to-Border Trail tunnel pathwayDowntown Ann Arbor lot long envisioned as future green space gets new coat of asphaltHow they voted: Ann Arbor City Council vote breakdown for September 2021Ann Arbor offering free home improvements to income-qualified seniorsProposed Ann Arbor law requires large buildings to disclose energy datamlive.com
South Main Street in Ann Arbor to close Thursday for crane work
ANN ARBOR – The city will be closing both directions of South Main Street between East William Street and Packard Street on Thursday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to facilitate crane work. The city has posted this detour map so drivers are aware of what to expect. The closure will only affect a one-block stretch of road, but with Main Street being a major thoroughfare, the detours may slightly slow your commute. Access will be maintained for local businesses at all times during the construction work while pedestrians will also be detoured along the same route as vehicles. Emergency vehicles are also advised to take the posted detour below:
Construction on Packard to shift traffic in downtown Ann Arbor next week
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – If you are planning to use Packard Street when heading downtown next week, expect a detour. On Monday, Jan. 11, traffic on Packard Street between South Fourth Avenue and South Main Street will be detoured to make room for utility work on the west side of the road. Westbound drivers will be detoured north on South Fourth Avenue, west on East William Street and then onto South Main Street, according to a notice on the city of Ann Arbor traffic website. During the closure, pedestrian traffic will be maintained on the south side of Packard Street but emergency vehicles must follow the posted detour. Want to see more Ann Arbor traffic?
Construction to shift Packard Street traffic in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, MI -- Crews are rerouting traffic along Ann Arbor’s Packard Street for construction. From South Fourth Avenue to South Main Street, crews will shift westbound traffic starting Monday, Jan. 11, to Saturday, Jan 16, according to a news release. Westbound traffic is being detoured north on South Fourth Avenue, west on East William Street then back to South Main Street. Pedestrian traffic is being maintained on the south side of Packard Street. Ann Arbor transit system to restore Ypsilanti services, update routesSava’s owner launches The Boro takeout cafe in Dixboro VillageZingerman’s offers virtual cooking, wine tasting and floral classesmlive.com
Howell man charged in connection with Pittsfield Township murder, shooting in Ypsilanti
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Roger Lee Pierce Jr., a 50-year-old man from Howell, was arraigned Saturday in connection with a Pittsfield Township homicide and a shooting in Ypsilanti. Police said they found the body of Marcus McMullan, a 39-year-old man from Ypsilanti, with a gunshot wound to the head. Police, joined by officers with the Detroit DEA office and Michigan State Police, took Pierce into custody on an arrest warrant for felonious assault. Police said during the interview with Pierce, additional search warrants led to charges being authorized for open murder and six other firearm related counts. Pierce was arraigned Saturday and is being held without bond.
Downtown Ann Arbor traffic to be rerouted throughout December
ANN ARBOR, MI -- Traffic in the downtown Ann Arbor area will be rerouted for various construction projects. New segment opens along Border-to-Border trail in Ann Arbor areaNorthbound traffic will be rerouted east onto Packard Street, north on South Fourth Avenue, west on East William Street and back to South Main Street. Southbound traffic will be rerouted east on East William Street, south on South Fourth Avenue, west on Packard Street and back South Main Street. Eastbound traffic on Madison will be detoured north on Main Street and southeast on Packard Street. Westbound traffic along East Madison Street will be directed northwest on Packard Street and south on Main Street.mlive.com
More downtown road closures to hit Ann Arbor Monday
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Two streets in downtown Ann Arbor will be closed on Monday, complicating your commute and rerouting traffic. Detoured Northbound traffic will go east onto Packard Street, north on South Fourth Avenue, west on East William Street and return to South Main Street. Businesses will still be accessible, according to a city of Ann Arbor notice. Local traffic will have access to the area but will be detoured, according to the notice from the city of Ann Arbor. Want to see more Ann Arbor traffic?
New Ann Arbor roads closures to start Monday
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Expect delays next Monday when two new road closures in downtown Ann Arbor begin. Northwest-bound traffic will use Maiden Lane to access Broadway Street, Plymouth Road or Moore Street. At 9 a.m. the same day, East William Street between South Main Street and South Fourth Avenue will close for ten days for road work. Eastbound traffic on West William Street will be detoured to South Main Street, Packard Street, South Fourth Avenue and onto East William Street. Traffic coming in the opposite direction will do the reverse by detouring to South Fourth Avenue, Packard Street, South Main Street and then to West William Street.
Ann Arbor catering, carry-out eatery to take over Kerrytown location
ANN ARBOR, Mich. This fall, hungry eaters visiting the Kerrytown district in downtown Ann Arbor will notice a change. Eat Catering and Carry-out, a Packard Street eatery, will be taking over the spot left vacant by The Lunch Room Diner & Canteen in Kerrytown Market & Shops. The eatery will also offer brunch in addition to menu items similar to its Packard location offerings. Eat will keep its carry-out location on Packard Street. The Kerrytown location will give us the opportunity to reach a wider audience and eventually transition into a full service restaurant. Like what youre reading?
Ann Arbor traffic: new road closures to start downtown Wednesday
ANN ARBOR – Just in case you forgot, it’s traffic season in Ann Arbor. Westbound traffic will be detoured northbound on Ashley Street to westbound on Miller Avenue to northbound on First Street to Ann Street. Eastbound traffic will be detoured southbound on First Street to eastbound on Huron Street to northbound on Ashley Street to Ann Street. Find more information on Ann Arbor traffic closures here. Related: New traffic closures to start in Ann Arbor✉ Like what you’re reading?
Blue Front Ann Arbor to close its doors by end of June
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Located on the corner of Packard Street and Arbor Street, Blue Front Ann Arbor has announced that it will close its doors by the end of June. Now a specialty craft beer and wine store, Blue Front has a long history in Ann Arbor. Having grown up in Ann Arbor a few blocks from Blue Front years before he purchased it, Blinder is sad to see his involvement with the historic business end, but is optimistic for its future. Nevertheless, he is thankful for his customers who have supported Blue Front over the years, some of whom have traveled to the Ann Arbor store from Toledo and Grand Rapids. Blue Front Ann Arbor is at 701 Packard St.
Electronics stolen from off-campus shared apartment in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Several electronics were stolen from an off-campus apartment that was robbed Thursday. Police say the robbery happened between 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Thursday at the apartment located on Packard Street. At around 1:15 p.m. a resident discovered the front door of the apartment was damaged and forced open. Another resident was in the apartment sleeping at the time but did not report hearing or seeing anyone. The Ann Arbor Police Department is investigating the case.