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Packard Square project




Video of December 21, 2016 neighborhood meeting with receiver: https://vimeo.com/196688090.


Older Links Related to Georgetown, Packard Square and the Developer

June 17, 2014, mLive.com posted: Packard Square developer tells city officials project could break ground this summer

November 20, 2013, mLive posted: Mixed-use development on former Georgetown Mall site to break ground soon

June 25, 2013, the DotCom posted Georgetown Mall demolition nearing final stages, remaining site work to wrap up by late July

Tue, May 28, 2013. Start to demolition of Georgetown Mall delights neighbors -  The long-awaited demolition of Georgetown Mall, 2502 Packard Road, began Tuesday.

Tue, May 28, 2013. Video: Watch the demolition of Ann Arbor's former Georgetown Mall

Mon, May 13, 2013. Demolition time: Georgetown Mall redevelopment set to begin - Permits have been approved and construction equipment has arrived for the tearing down of the former Georgetown Mall on Packard Road in Ann Arbor.

On March 20, 2013 Georgetown Mall demolition: Washtenaw County signs contract to move forward with work
- The annarbordotcom reported that the County had signed a contract to have the buildings on the Georgetown Mall site demolished. All that was necessary for the demolition to proceed was the developer must finalize the "non-grant work" to proceed concurrently. Again, the developer is promising that he is on the verge of accomplishing the requisite contracts and lining up the needed funding.

On March 10, 2013, the Detroit Free Press published Time line of Bloomfield Park development regarding this developer's failed project in Oakland County.

March 10, 2013 - Oakland County wants action at site of gigantic failed $2-billion development 'eyesore'
"Steve Morris, managing partner at the Mohr Partners real estate firm in Farmington Hills, said he considers Bloomfield Park a textbook case of overreach. He said he uses the development as an example in his real estate finance class at the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business, which is Schubiner's alma mater."

January 8, 2013 -
Developer gets started on preparing vacant Georgetown Mall for February demolition The AnnArbordotcom reported in that the developer continues to promise action on the demolition and building.

January 27, 2013 - Bloomfield Park for sale; foreclosure rights to go to top bid. An article in Crain's Detroit notes that the developer's previous failed project in Oakland County is in foreclosure.

In October 2012, the dotcom posted this article: Georgetown Mall demolition on hold as developer gets 6-month extension to show project financing That six month extension expires in April 2013.

A September 2, 2011 article in dbussiness described how this developer's Bloomfield Township project failed. http://www.dbusiness.com/September-October-2011/Modern-Ruin/#.WCs0MYWcETo

A September 2012 article included more promises: Georgetown Mall demolition on hold as state gives 30-day extension for $1M grant

May 11, 2012 - With a hotly contested race for the Fourth Ward Council seat in process, an announcement of the soon to come demolition of the Georgetown Mall buildings hit the press: $1M state grant will fund demolition of blighted Georgetown Mall property in Ann Arbor

In January 2011, this article was posted: Georgetown Mall owner seeks to demolish shopping center, build $30M retail/apartment complex

May 5, 2011 Washtenaw County commissioners hesitant to approve financing plan for Packard Square project

Tue, May 3, 2011 Ann Arbor City Council gives OK to $48.2 million redevelopment of blighted Georgetown Mall property 

Tue, Apr 12, 2011 More than $3 million in school taxes to help fund Georgetown Mall redevelopment in Ann Arbor -

Wed, Mar 16, 2011 Packard Square project criticized by Ann Arbor planning commissioners for 'lack of imagination'  

Wed, Mar 2, 2011 Governor's call to eliminate brownfield credits puts funds for Ann Arbor's Georgetown Mall project at risk

Sun, Jan 30, 2011 New proposal for Georgetown Mall property deserves a receptive but thorough review - AnnArbor.com

Jan 25, 2011 Owner of Ann Arbor's Georgetown Mall site seeking tax breaks on $30 million project -  AnnArbor.com Tue,

"Among the proposed changes will be changes to zoning for commercial areas - like Georgetown - to encourage less 1960s-style sprawl over the entire lot and more vertical development."


Fri, Aug 7, 2009 Neighbors lament closing of Kroger in Georgetown Mall - AnnArbor.com

"Schubiner's redevelopment plans have gone through several incarnations since his Bloomfield Hills-based company, Harbor Cos., bought the property for $6.1 million in 2001. Early plans called for a larger Kroger store and 80 residential condominiums."





Past postings:

Urban blight is created by city policies that encourage wild land speculation. A good article on land speculation can be found on the Ann Arbor Observer web site. When gamblers fail, neighborhoods suffer the loss of neighborhood shopping centers. This site and the lower town Kroger site each represent the failure of the administrations "vision" for city planning.

So much of the "planning" the city does is for the stated purpose of making a "walkable" city. The truth is that the Georgetown Mall area was already a walkable neighborhood. The Mall offered a neighborhood grocery store, a pharmacy, a post office and some small shops. It was the core of a vibrant, friendly neighborhood. Now the site is abandoned. The current state of the economy makes it unlikely that the Mall will be redeveloped any time soon. Abandoned and empty, the Mall now begins to decay.

Before the 2010 elections, the city established a citizens advisory committee for the Georgetown Mall. Now, with the elections behind us, the committee has lapsed. Inquiries about reappointment, or further meetings go unanswered. Sadly, the concerns of this neighborhood remain unresolved.

See the sub-page "New Plan" for a recently announced plan to develop this property. This is the third such plan, but this one appears to have better financial backing.