19 new Old West Side-style homes coming to Ann Arbor's north side
The development known as Hideaway Lane is proposed for a site just down the road from the Leslie Park Golf Course and across from Black Pond Woods at 2000 Traver Road.
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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.
Auburn Hills-based Trowbridge Homes of Hideaway Lane LLC now plans to finish the work that was left undone.
Bruce Michael of Berkley-based Ojibway Development LLC told AnnArbor.com in a previous interview the development team is looking to start construction as soon as possible.
He said the homes probably will sell in the $300,000 to $350,000 range, and he's expecting University of Michigan medical system employees, for example, to be among those interested.
"In terms of the housing units, we see them being a reasonably affordable set of units compared to what it costs to live in the northeast side of Ann Arbor," he said. "It takes on kind of that traditional neighborhood design where you've got rear-loaded garages for each of the homes, and it has that close feel like you would have in the Old West Side."
Michael said the plan essentially is to build the houses that never got built, with some slight modifications. He said they're narrow houses.
"It's a craftsman-style look," he said. "And the one house that's there, we kind of took some of our lead from that. We've taken that same concept again, but we've got the covered front porches, evoking the way it was back when the Old West Side was developed."
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