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Posted on Tue, Feb 5, 2013 : 5:58 a.m.

Hideaway Lane: Developers revive plans to build 19 homes on Ann Arbor's north side

By Lizzy Alfs

The unfinished Hideaway Lane project on Ann Arbor’s north side is being revived after an Oakland County developer purchased the property in December.

Trowbridge Homes of Hideaway Lane LLC, an affiliate of the Trowbridge Companies, submitted a site plan to the city of Ann Arbor to build 19 homes at 2000 Traver Road, just northeast of Barton Drive.


The Hideaway Lane property at 2000 Traver Road in Ann Arbor. A vacant lot sits behind a nine-unit townhouse building and a single-family home that were constructed on the property years ago.

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“The residential for-sale market has clearly gotten better than it has been, and for us, this is the right timing. It’s a unique property on the northeast side of Ann Arbor,” said Bruce Michael of Ojibway Development LLC, the petitioner’s agent.

Situated on 4.57-acres and bordered by Traver Creek and Traver Crossing apartments, it’s the site of two unfinished housing projects; in 1965, plans were approved to build six townhouse buildings with 49 units, but only one nine-unit building was constructed. In 2005, developers planned to construct 18 single-family homes and four duplex units in two buildings, but only one single-family home was built.

“Basically, I think (the other developers) just had bad timing in terms of bringing it online when the market crashed,” Michael said.


Michael said the new Hideaway Lane houses would be architecturally similar to the existing single-family home on the property.

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Michael said Trowbridge recently finalized a deal to purchase the property from Mercantile Bank, and now they are bringing forward a new project that is similar to the one proposed in 2005. The financial terms of the deal were not immediately available.

Plans call to construct 19 single-family houses with attached two-car garages. The homes are two stories with three or four bedrooms and range from 2,246 square feet to 3,425 square feet. The homes would be listed for sale between $279,000 and $349,000.

“They’re going to be very pleasant units,” Michael said.

He said the architecture would be similar to the existing single-family home on the site, although there would be some variations.

“We have a marketing agent lined up and we’re ready to go. I would say, as soon as we can get permits from the city, we would start construction immediately and start to take advantage of the 2013 sale season,” Michael said. If approved, Michael hopes the project would be completed in 2014.

The site already has a central driveway, underground public utilities and stormwater detention basis that were installed as part of the previously approved project.

Ann Arbor planning staff is recommending that the site plan be postponed until outstanding issues related to natural feature impacts and mitigation requirements have been addressed. But the project, the report says, will “fill a gap in the city’s available housing choices.”

Ann Arbor Planning Commission will consider the project at its meeting Tuesday.


A preliminary architectural drawing for the revised Hideaway Lane project shows elevations for one of the single-family homes.

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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



Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 2:54 p.m.

Barton Hills eh? Can't wait to see the price tag and the taxes on this one. Someone is going to make out on this one big time.

Ann English

Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 1:03 a.m.

I see it dead-ends near the Ann Arbor Railroad tracks. But apparently that doesn't detract from people moving into other homes already nearby. Just for freight trains. Why not more homes near that line? Think of all the single-family homes at the west end of Traver, paralleling the tracks for decades, if not a century.


Tue, Feb 5, 2013 : 9:59 p.m.

Bummer for the traffic on Traver and Barton. And for Traver Creek. How about the developer helps pay to have Traver paved through the golf course to give their traffic an alternate route in and out?


Tue, Feb 5, 2013 : 7:33 p.m.

With so many houses sitting empty in this area, why build more and more and more?


Wed, Feb 6, 2013 : 5:43 a.m.

The housing market has picked up DRAMATICALLY over the last few months in Ann Arbor. Houses are NOT sitting empty and prices are on the rise and the inventory of homes for sale is low compared to any recent memory.

the other guy

Tue, Feb 5, 2013 : 6:14 p.m.

Who is the architect??

James D'Amour

Tue, Feb 5, 2013 : 4:30 p.m.

@Lizzy: The Planning Commission meeting is for TONIGHT, Tuesday, February 5, 2013. This project will be considered this evening.

Lizzy Alfs

Tue, Feb 5, 2013 : 4:58 p.m.

Thanks, James. I made that correction!

Chip Reed

Tue, Feb 5, 2013 : 2:08 p.m.

@Sooze. I beg to differ with you. It is exactly where Silly Sally says it is.


Tue, Feb 5, 2013 : 1:34 p.m.

Wow, nice BIG lots per home, what is this TX??


Tue, Feb 5, 2013 : 5:55 p.m.

Sorry Ross, I was being sarcastic ;)


Tue, Feb 5, 2013 : 2:11 p.m.

huh? 1/4 acre is big to you? Or is this sarcastic?

Silly Sally

Tue, Feb 5, 2013 : 1:24 p.m.

The article would be improved if it said that it was just across the RR tracks from the big bend in Plymouth Rd near the Wendys and the Penske Truck Rental and that the entrance was next toe the Leslie Golf Course. The map did not load. in Apple Otherwise, an interesting article .

Lizzy Alfs

Tue, Feb 5, 2013 : 2:14 p.m.

Thanks. We put a map in the story.


Tue, Feb 5, 2013 : 1:30 p.m.

That's not where it is at all. They don't call it Hideaway for nothing. It WAS a quaint hidden lane but these monstrosities will require a new name.