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Posted on Mon, Nov 19, 2012 : 10:29 a.m.

Ongoing construction at Ann Arbor's Landmark high-rise frustrates tenants

By Lizzy Alfs


Although students are moved in, finishing touches are still being made on the Landmark high-rise.

Melanie Maxwell I

Living in one of downtown Ann Arbor’s pricey new student apartment buildings isn’t so luxurious just yet.

The 14-story Landmark high-rise, which developers rushed to complete in time for students to move in Aug. 30, is still a work in progress, the Michigan Daily reports.

Several of the promised amenities in the 606-bed building have not been completed yet and tenants are encountering minor maintenance issues, according to the report.

The outdoor entertainment deck with a hot tub, fire pits and barbecue grills is not expected to open until the end of November, while the first-floor retail tenants are still completing their build-outs. Retail tenants include No Thai!, Tim Hortons, World of Beer and 7-Eleven.

To compensate for the ongoing construction, Landmark owner American Campus Communities, the company that purchased the building from Campus Acquisitions last month, awarded each resident a $500 Visa gift card or rent reduction.

Read the full Michigan Daily report here.

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



Tue, Nov 20, 2012 : 1:30 a.m.

This building went up so fast problems are understandable, but there was money on the line. If a simple ball bearing placed on an uncarpeted floor section begins to roll, it may give residents a fighting chance to get out. At least on the lower floors, anyway.


Mon, Nov 19, 2012 : 11:48 p.m.

Why doesn't Danielle Stoppelmann get the byline for this, since she did the interviews, research and writing for this story? It is maddening to see palm off stories as their own.

Lizzy Alfs

Tue, Nov 20, 2012 : 12:11 a.m.

@glacialerratic: The Michigan Daily did get the credit for this story. This is an "aggregation" -- we have attributed the story to the original publication and directed people there several times. Notice in front of the headline in blue writing it credits the Michigan Daily, then it does again in the second graf with a link, and finally the last sentence says, "Read the full Michigan Daily report here" with a link. The Michigan Daily reported it first, and it reported it well, so rather than try and beat out my competition, I am directing them there. This is a common practice on You can definitely email our news director Paula Gardner ( with any concerns! Thanks and I hope that helps.


Mon, Nov 19, 2012 : 8:03 p.m.

One of my first questions when I move into a place is "Are you finished with construction yet". It always helps to know if the building is done.... then you know ahead of time if its ok to complain about the building being under construction. A tenant would seem like an idiot to complain about construction happening if they knew they were moving into a building that wasn't finished. Just sayin'


Mon, Nov 19, 2012 : 7:20 p.m.

Tough to get your college education without ye'olde hot tub. It is nice to see that the landlord owned up and compensated the renters. It'll be more interesting to see how this latest experiment (~$1,000/month per bedroom) in free enterprise will work out. Good luck folks!


Mon, Nov 19, 2012 : 6:21 p.m.

Outdoor entertainment deck, hot tubs, fire pits, barbecues..... Life sure is tough for UofM kids huh?


Mon, Nov 19, 2012 : 5:24 p.m.

Rent reduction..ha! Unless the parents see this article I imagine everyone will be taking the $500 visa card.

Linda Peck

Mon, Nov 19, 2012 : 5:16 p.m.

Pretty nice compensation for the trouble, $500.


Mon, Nov 19, 2012 : 5:14 p.m.

Seems trivial. On going construction can be a bother and aggrivation but unless some of these students sleep in until noon every day, there is not much to complain about.

Ghost of Tom Joad

Mon, Nov 19, 2012 : 3:46 p.m.

This isn't that big of a deal. They are putting this complex together quite quickly, all things considered. I'm glad that there is more focus being put on placing students downtown, rather than spread out in crumbling houses. Once these final touches are finished, this place will be very nice for students to live in.