ANN ARBOR, MI-Strathmore Development Co. has altered its Lower Town project of two years ago, planned for the intersection of Maiden Lane and Broadway, eliminating a hotel and adding 185 apartments, 138,275 sf of neighborhood retail and 152,689 sf of general and medical office space. The company starts construction on the project today, going up next to the University of Michigan Health System medical campus here.

The company had planned in 2005 to spend about $125 million to build a 75,000-sf athletic club, a restaurant and a 96-suite hotel on the property, which had once been the site of a Kroger-anchored retail strip that included a dry cleaners. However, Scott Chappelle, president of the East Lansing-based Strathmore, says the company had to expand the project’s scope. “We had to arrange a number of approvals for the various economic incentives,” he tells GlobeSt.com. The property is polluted, and Strathmore is receiving more than $41 million, including TIF funds, from the Michigan Economic Growth Authority, the Michigan Economic Development Corp., Washtenaw County and the city to build the project.

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