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Posted on Mon, Dec 31, 2012 : 12:07 p.m.

Ann Arbor Planning Commission will consider 2 multi-family developments on Thursday

By Lizzy Alfs


A front elevation rendering of the proposed project at 515 N. Fifth Ave.

Bowers + Associates

Ann Arbor Planning Commission will consider requests Thursday night for two multi-family developments that would result in 28 housing units.

The Summit Townhouses project, proposed in June, calls to build a 24-unit townhouse-style development that would include 48 parking spaces at 2081 E. Ellsworth Road.


This property on Ellsworth Road is now a part of Ann Arbor could be developed into townhouses if it gains approval from the city.

Ben Freed |

The city of Ann Arbor annexed the 3.3-acre parcel in September and the developer, Florida-based company Growwwwlee LLC, requested a rezoning of the property to R3, townhouse dwelling district. A single-family house and detached garage on the site would be demolished.

Plans show four two-story buildings varying in size with an attached one-car garage for each unit.

Proposed in October by property owner Robert Burskey, the 515 N. Fifth Ave. project calls to demolish an existing house on the property near Kerrytown and build a condo and apartment building.

A three-story, 8,400-square-foot multi-family building with two condos and two apartments would be constructed on the site. The estimated cost of the project is $925,500.


The house at 515 N. Fifth Ave. could be demolished to make way for a new development.

Lizzy Alfs |

The plans went before Ann Arbor Planning Commission earlier this month, but concerns among neighbors and planning staff prompted the commissioners to postpone a vote until issues related to buffer requirements and off-site drainage could be addressed. Project architect Scott Bowers has since submitted revised plans to the city.

Bowers said the Burskeys plan to retire and live in the back condo portion of the development and rent out the apartments in the front of the building.

(Read more about the Summit Townhouses and the 515. N. Fifth Ave. project)

Ann Arbor Planning Commission will consider both requests at its scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

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



Tue, Jan 1, 2013 : 4:37 a.m.

That place on Ellsworth, which was a small old farmhouse with a nice cut stone foundation, is long gone. The cut stone fireplace is still up in the side yard, but the rest was torn down around August. 48 spaces seems like a lot of cars for that lot, and the exit is close to an intersection, I am wondering what effect this will have on the already slow passage down Ellsworth.

Tim Hornton

Tue, Jan 1, 2013 : 3:26 a.m.

Hopefully this is section eight housing for affordable housing with tax payer money paying for most it.