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Posted on Mon, Jun 17, 2013 : 2:46 p.m.

Ann Arbor Planning Commission to consider hotel proposed for Jackson Avenue

By Lizzy Alfs


A rendering of the proposed Hampton Inn & Suites on Jackson Avenue in Ann Arbor.

Giffels Webster

A proposal to construct a 100-room Hampton Inn & Suites on Jackson Avenue is headed to Ann Arbor’s Planning Commission Tuesday night.

Akram Namou of A&M Hospitality and Executive Hospitality wants to build a Hampton Inn at 2910 Jackson Ave., the site adjacent to his 163-room Clarion Hotel.

Ann Arbor City Council approved the Hampton Inn plans in 2008, and minimal site work was completed before financing issues stalled the project. The site plan expired in 2012, and Namou resubmitted it in early 2013.

City documents show the four-story, 72,000-square-foot Hampton Inn would include a workout facility and an indoor pool. Between the two hotels, there would be 337 parking spaces. The estimated cost of construction is $800,000.

Namou also is requesting a planned project modification to increase the maximum front setback requirement of 50 feet to allow a 72.4-foot setback from the north property line. When the foundation was poured in 2008, there was no maximum front setback requirement.

A pedestrian crossing is proposed on Jackson Avenue from the Hampton Inn site to Hilltop Drive. The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority plans to relocate a bus stop on eastbound Jackson to take advantage of the crossing, according to the plans.

Ann Arbor Planning Commission will consider the request at its June 18 meeting. Ann Arbor planning staff is recommending approval of the plans.

Related coverage: Hotel on Jackson Avenue: Developer submits site plan for Hampton Inn & Suites

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Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at


Paul Wiener

Tue, Jun 25, 2013 : 2:10 a.m.

Great, another small 2nd rate hotel in the most godawful location imaginable. Typical.

Joe Kidd

Tue, Jun 18, 2013 : 1:36 p.m.

Two new hotels moved in on Briarwood Circle. Now another one on Jackson near two existing hotels and a former hotel that closed and turned to blight. I was not aware the area could accommodate so much hotel business. Is this all football Saturday related? And please, no more crosswalks.


Tue, Jun 18, 2013 : 1:25 a.m.

Maybe they should spend that money fixing up the Clarion before building a new hotel that would fall into disrepair in no time based on the owner's other properties. Even their website is in disrepair, it is infected with malware.


Tue, Jun 18, 2013 : 1:34 p.m.

I hate when that happens.


Mon, Jun 17, 2013 : 11:40 p.m.



Mon, Jun 17, 2013 : 11:13 p.m.

A pedestrian crossing is proposed on Jackson Avenue from the Hampton Inn site to Hilltop Drive. The only one using that crossing will be employees of the 3 hotels. Many of Webers employees park across Jackson ave on residential streets.


Tue, Jun 18, 2013 : 2:17 a.m.

Dipstick Nothing to me.I was just sayin. But it might matter to those who have their street lined with workers from Webers. Seems there should be enough parking on site in this case. So as not to need a crossing where cars are coming off the xway. ( not at 25 mph I might add)


Mon, Jun 17, 2013 : 11:58 p.m.

And what is wrong with that?

dading dont delete me bro

Mon, Jun 17, 2013 : 9:39 p.m.

"...and minimal site work was completed..." you can say that again. it's a fright over there.


Mon, Jun 17, 2013 : 7:41 p.m.

"The estimated cost of construction is $800,000." Some numbers are definitely missing on the front or back of that estimate. Otherwise, that would be a construction cost of $11.11 per square foot, or the equivalent of $22,222 for a new 2,000 square-foot house.


Tue, Jun 18, 2013 : 1:48 p.m.

Construction cost, not total fit out cost. the 800K is probably for site work and the actual building. The finish out cost is probably separate. and since this is a business, they probably account for the FFE separately.


Mon, Jun 17, 2013 : 7:20 p.m.

$800,000 for 100 rooms seems pretty low to me. Hampton Inn in would be a great addition.


Tue, Jun 18, 2013 : 12:55 a.m.

That figure doesn't seem accurate. I work in hotels. My budget for a Hampton Inn Renovation was just under$100,000 for a lobby.

Lizzy Alfs

Mon, Jun 17, 2013 : 8:44 p.m.

FYI: I reached out several times to Namou, without luck. The construction cost comes from planning documents.


Mon, Jun 17, 2013 : 7:27 p.m.

These are not Dorm Rooms or Student Apartments, so why go overboard on spending.