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Arborland Center


Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Arborland CenterAnn Arbor, Michigan
Property type Retail
Year built 1961
Year renovated 2005
Size ±406,700 SF
Assignment type
Construction & Design,
Facility Management

Challenges: When Friedman began managing this asset in 2005, the property suffered from a lack of attention to detail.  Landscape beds were in disarray, signage was inconsistent, the facade required sealant and EIFS repairs and the parking lot required a 10 year capital renovation plan.  Friedman was also faced with overseeing the construction of over 50,000 SF.

Solutions: Determine the scope of work for renovating the landscaping islands and executed the plan utilizing our landscaper, created a consistent signage plan integrating a new Arborland logo, addressed the facade issues, and devised a long-term asphalt preservation and repair plan.  Transform existing Borders Books and Circuit City locations into three separately cohesive store identities.

Results: Friedman was able to create three spaces expressing the proper brand images for Five Below, Ulta and Nordstrom Rack.  Arborland is now one of the most well-maintained properties in the area and is 100% occupied.  We consistently receive compliments from out tenants and the ownership group is considering us for an assignment in Chicago as a result.