A concept for a 500,000-square-foot, mixed-use development in downtown Ann Arbor would incorporate two city-owned lots and a public-private partnership to bring a hotel, conference center and new retail space to South Ashley Street. No proposal has been submitted to the city, but developer Ron Jona said he hopes to finalize the concept and present it to the community by mid-summer.

A Dramatic Reinvention Ashley Promenade will accompany the existing beautiful downtown environment of Ann Arbor..the time is right for a dramatic renovation as a fresh, modern, walk-able and year-round environment complete with sustainable “green” affordable work-force living space, entertainment venues, a variety of world class shopping, produce market, grocery and pharmacy…

Developers Ron Jona of Southfield-based Ron Jona & Associates and Ann Arbor real-estate broker William Eddy plan to turn a depressing section of Ashley Street dominated by surface parking lots near the intersection of William Street into a dense urban development with retail shops, hotel rooms and a conference center.

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