In July 2002, the University of Michigan
purchased the Planada Apartment Building located at 1127 East Ann
Street. The building, already surrounded on all sides by University
parking lots, is the latest victim of the University's buying campaign
on the Medical Campus. In order to make room for megalithic
new buildings, the University has purchased and bulldozed a number
of homes, apartment buildings, and small businesses in the area.
Although some change is necessary to support the growth of the
University, the purchase of the Planada building threatens to
destroy not only a unique building, but also a pleasant, walkable hill
area. While the University's urban planning experts advocate mixed-use
cities, university planners are slowly transforming this section of Ann
Arbor into a Bladerunner landscape of huge buildings, and equally huge
Ironically, the Planada building is located one block away from Zina
Pitcher Drive, the street named after the former U-M Regent and Detroit
Mayor who helped found
the U-M Medical school, and just down the street from the 1854 Detroit Observatory,
a building which was nearly destroyed before University historians and
preservationists intervened. The Detroit Observatory was one of the
first University-operated scientific research facilities in North
Saving the Planada Apartments, or at least incorporating some of its
architectural elements into a new residence hall, would preserve the
livability and sense of history of the hill area. If you are interested
in helping in my efforts, please email Planada@umich.edu.
1121 and 1127 East Ann Street, Ann Arbor,
On a motion by Regent Maynard, seconded by Regent Brandon, the Regents
authorized purchase of the properties at 1121 and 1127 East Ann Street
at the negotiated
price of $2.49 million, subject to the University’s satisfaction with
the terms of the sale, includ-ing
environmental condition of the site and additional due diligence. Land
will be used to complete the purchase.
Apartment purchase approved
Approval also was granted to purchase the Planada Apartments on East
Ann Street from the Draprop Corp. for just under $2.5 million. The
existing tenants in the 26 apartments will be allowed to complete their
leases. University-owned property surrounds the two parcels, including
the soon-to-be-constructed Biomedical Science Research Building across
Historic building deserves 'Revival,'
could serve as student housing
To the Daily:
I read with interest the Daily's editorial (Housing hold-up, 02/07/03)
regarding the lack of new residence halls on campus. Right now the
University is planning to demolish the historic Planada Apt. building
1127 E. Ann St., which could be easily converted into student housing.
This 1929 building, designed in an interesting Spanish Revival style,
was a historically-protected building until it was purchased by the
University last year.
Now it seems to merely be in the way. It would be great if students
rallied to save this building as a potential new residence hall. The
University has too long neglected the housing needs of the students and
this would be a wonderful opportunity for everyone.
University Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations