Monday, August 18, 2008

The Stofflet Building in Kerrytown - Downtown Ann Arbor

Originally uploaded by Andypiper
The Stofflet Building - Across from Zingerman's at Detroit and Kingsley streets in downtwon Ann Arbor (Google Street View). Converted to 8 two story condominiums known as Brownstones Condominiums in the mid 1980s.

This wonderful history posted on the Ann Arbor District Library website.

"Ann Arbor's first apartment building. Built by news and book dealer Francis Stofflet for his children, the building originally contained four two-story apartments. Francis proudly inserted the name "Stofflet" at the center of the Detroit Street facade. Two of his children, Harvey and Elmer Stofflet, lived in the end apartments until the mid-1920s, when Mary Stofflet, Francis' widow, moved into the first unit and divided the four original apartments into eight one-story flats. In 1934 the mortgage was foreclosed and the building began to fall into disrepair. Taylor Collins, who walked by daily, admired the unique structure and vowed to purchase it someday "with hardly a quarter in my pocket to call my own." He realized his dream in 1938 and lived there with his wife until 1973.

Stofflet was a businessman, who had moved here to attend the University. He obtained a law degree in 1871 and taught in Rochester, Michigan, until 1877. When he returned to Ann Arbor in 1878 he published a news sheet, the Ann Arbor Daily Times, which never amounted to much. In 1881 he began a business which distributed newspapers and magazines, including monthlies from London and Paris. His son Harvey and grandson Ross carried on the business as the Stofflet News Service until 1970.

When Taylor Collins sold the building in 1973, it was renovated and renamed the Olde Town Apartments. By the mid-1980's, the building was divided into the Brownstone Condominiums, eight two-story units created by accessing the previously unused space in the basements and attics."

Zingermans's Deli - Downtown Ann Arbor, MI

Corner of Forth and Ann in Downtown Ann Arbor

Originally uploaded by Andypiper
The former location of the Wooden Spoon Book Store for many years. Read some great history about this location by Wystan on Flickr.

This corner nicely remodeled a couple of years back. Loated just down the street from the Armory condominiums, the Hands on Museum. the Peoples Food Coop and Kerrytown shops.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Ann Arbor's North Sky development gets approval for higher density

The 30 acre + North Sky neighborhood development on Pontiac Trail just south of Dhu Varren located in Ann Arbor's Northside area got the go ahead in an expanded more dense version. On hold since 2005 due to unfavorable market conditions, the development proposes 92 single family , 62 duplex and 40 four-plex units - a total of 196 homes. Higher density than originally planned.

See and Mlive for more. Another article on the North Sky from the Ann Arbor Business Review.

Updated Liberty Lofts Downtown Condominium Photos

I love taking pictures of Liberty Lofts Condominiums in Downtown Ann Arbor. It is such a beautifully executed development. Set on the west edge of downtown Ann Arbor, these condos have a comfortable neighborhood feel but are just 2 blocks from the heart of downtown Ann Arbor. Visit For current properties for sale or lease in Liberty Lofts

Here are few new pictures taken on August 8th, 2008.
5 stories, west facing balconies and underground parking entrance.
Main entrance. Notice the very large patios above the entrance.
5th floor Penthouses.
Entrance area with framed photos of the original factory give a feeling of the heritage of this reused building.
Entrance area with handicap accessible lift.
Lobby area. Excellent materials and finishes throughout.
View from the fifth floor facing north. Retail wing still vacant. What a great opportunity. You can see Ashley Terrace, high rise downtown condominiums - the light building at the top left of the picture.