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Courtyards Construction Progress

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I took some photos of the private student housing development, located on a very narrow parcel land once part of U of M. It looks great so far. In fact, I might be living here next fall for my last year of grad school.

Location of buildings and site. This project does not have parking for students. I'm guessing it will be the University's duty to provide enough orange spots

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Front of Building 1

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Buildings 2 & 3

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Back of building 1

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Interesting project... could you provide a map to show where its at? I'll be coming back to AA for grad school in the near future and am curious.

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I took some photos of the private student housing development, located on a very narrow parcel land once part of U of M. It looks great so far. In fact, I might be living here next fall for my last year of grad school.

Location of buildings and site. This project does not have parking for students. I'm guessing it will be the University's duty to provide enough orange spots

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Interesting project... could you provide a map to show where its at? I'll be coming back to AA for grad school in the near future and am curious.

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This land was part of U of M and the university gave it up? I didn't know that kind of thing ever happened. Is there some story behind that?

Also, to those of us who aren't from the area, what is an "orange spot?" University student parking?

From those photos it looks like the project will be a nice spot of density in a fairly open area. What will the facade look like? Are the red areas in your areal view the building footprints?

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According to my 2004 Map of University of Michigan property, this was land that the U owned. I don't know why they sold it off, my best guess, and it's just a guess was that the university might have been involved in this project at one time, or perhaps they are encouraging private developers to provide housing since university housing has experienced growing pains lately.

Parking is color coded around campus. Student can purchase orange and yellow permits. Orange lots are located on the periphery, sometimes very far from campus buildings. Their annual fee is only $70. Yellow spots are more desirable and cost $135 annually. Blue spots are available to a very limited number of faculty and rarely students. They cost $720 annually. Red spots are for everyone. If you are visiting the university or even a student who doesn't drive much but needs to park, you do not need a permit. But you must pay by the hour ($1/hour). Red spots on central campus are very hard to find. I think there are only 60 something spots available. On North campus there are plenty more (which is why some people drive to class up there)

Those red lines are the footprint. It will maximize the parcel. The buildings will have a quadrangle form which I think is kind of cool.

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Check out their website:

http://www.myownapartment.com/courtyards/

Very appealing! The only drawback I see is not being in the midst of downtown. I have recently signed a lease for fall 2008 and will not be able to move in until Aug. 25th. As far as parking goes- they're trying to rent space from adjacent retail stores ($100/mo.) Or, maybe from a garage downtown- they didn't say how much. When the project is completed they planned on charging $70/mo. for covered parking and $40/mo. for uncovered. Which I think is totally outrageous to begin with! Maybe I'll just steal a space from WillowTree.

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