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Tower Plaza (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

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Tower Plaza
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Street-level view in 2021, looking northwest from William St and Maynard St
General information
TypeResidential
Address555 East William Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Construction started1966
Opened1969
Height
Architectural267 feet
Antenna spire292 feet
Technical details
Floor count26
Design and construction
DeveloperJohn C. Stegeman
Front view, with 400 Maynard St in the foreground
Front view, with 400 Maynard St in the foreground

Tower Plaza is a high-rise condominium building in Ann Arbor, Michigan, located at 555 East William Street. The building was first proposed in 1965, and opened in 1969.[1] It stands at 26 stories.[1] The antenna stands at 292 feet tall and the roof is 267 feet (81 m) tall. It was designed in the international style of architecture, primarily using concrete and glass. Originally a residential apartment building, it was converted to individually-owned condominiums in 1987. Tower Plaza also has the most buttons of any elevator in Ann Arbor.[1]

Tower Plaza is situated close to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor campus, and is within 10 miles (16 km) of U.S. Highway 12 (US 12, Michigan Avenue), US 23, and Interstate 94.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Washtenaw County. The 2020 census recorded its population to be 123,851, making it the fifth-largest city in Michigan. It is the principal city of the Ann Arbor Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Washtenaw County. Ann Arbor is also included in the Greater Detroit Combined Statistical Area and the Great Lakes megalopolis, the most populated and largest megalopolis in North America.

Concrete

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Description

Tower Plaza is the tallest building in Ann Arbor, at 26 stories. The next-highest building is University Towers, 536 South Forest Avenue, at 18 stories.[1][2] It presents a solid face on the west side, and a narrow column of windows in the center of the east side. The main entrance is on William Street.

The base of the tower itself features a small retail space facing Maynard Street, and an attached single-story retail space holds three storefronts.

On a clear day, someone looking out from the highest floors can see the Renaissance Center in Detroit, about 40 miles away.[3]

The building has multiple antennas on its roof, one of them being the transmitter for Cumulus Media-owned adult album alternative radio station WQKL.[4]

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Detroit

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Detroit is the largest city in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is also the largest U.S. city on the United States–Canada border, and the seat of government of Wayne County. The City of Detroit had a population of 639,111 at the 2020 census, making it the 27th-most populous city in the United States. The metropolitan area, known as Metro Detroit, is home to 4.3 million people, making it the second-largest in the Midwest after the Chicago metropolitan area, and the 14th-largest in the United States. Regarded as a major cultural center, Detroit is known for its contributions to music, art, architecture and design, in addition to its historical automotive background. Time named Detroit as one of the fifty World's Greatest Places of 2022 to explore.

Cumulus Media

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Adult album alternative

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WQKL

WQKL

WQKL, known on the air as ann arbor's 107one, is a commercial FM radio station in Ann Arbor, Michigan. WQKL is owned by Cumulus Media, airing an adult album alternative/alternative rock radio format. WQKL has its studios at the south area of Ann Arbor near Briarwood Mall, and broadcasts its signal from a 3,000 watt transmitter atop Tower Plaza in the city’s downtown.

History

Tower Plaza was first proposed in 1965, amidst a period of growth in Ann Arbor. Its site on William Street is located between the University of Michigan's Central Campus and downtown Ann Arbor. Its developer, John C. "Jack" Stegeman, had completed the 11-story Maynard House across the street years earlier. His company, William Street Company, constructed, owned, and managed the building.[1]

The initial proposal was met with backlash from City Council, prompting a debate about the character of downtown.[5] Another component of the controversy was parking, which was not required by law at the time, but was proposed voluntarily by the developer. This voluntary proposal became a mandatory condition of the building's final occupancy permit. The building's design was not modified to add parking, and instead the developers of the building chose to underwrite an expansion of the nearby Maynard Street garage.[1]

Construction began in 1966, and was completed in 1969, delayed by construction worker strikes in 1968.[6]

The narrower east and west sides of the building, currently unadorned concrete, were the subject of various proposals in the 1970s. Following budget cuts during Tower Plaza's construction, the initial plans for marble sides were abandoned, and concrete substituted instead. A 1974 contest, in advance of the 1976 United States Bicentennial, awarded prizes of up to $500 to local artists for designs on the concrete sides, but the artwork selected was never applied to the building.[7]

In 1987, the building's owners attempted to sell the buildling to an Ann Arbor-based company, PreMark Associates, which would then convert the building to condominiums. The deal with PreMark fell through, and the building owners instead engaged Triad Management Corporation for the same purpose. The successor to Triad Management continues to provide services to the Tower Plaza condominium association as of 2022.

The original gray glass on the south side of the building, facing William Street, was replaced with new green glass in 2006. Similar green glass was installed on the north and east faces of the building in 2017.[1]

Source: "Tower Plaza (Ann Arbor, Michigan)", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_Plaza_(Ann_Arbor,_Michigan).

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References
  1. ^ a b c d e f g Stanton, Ryan (April 13, 2017). "50 years later, 26-story Tower Plaza still Ann Arbor's tallest building". MLive. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  2. ^ "Tower Plaza, Ann Arbor | 123248". Emporis. Retrieved May 2, 2022.
  3. ^ "See historical and current views from Ann Arbor's tallest building". mlive. April 13, 2017. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  4. ^ "WQKL-FM 107.1 MHz - Ann Arbor, MI". radio-locator.com. Retrieved November 28, 2021.
  5. ^ "Council's Height Debate Begins To Look Ludicrous". Ann Arbor News. August 26, 1965 – via Ann Arbor District Library.
  6. ^ "County Building Permits Total $318, 065 In Week". Ann Arbor News. June 7, 1968. Retrieved January 25, 2023 – via Ann Arbor District Library.
  7. ^ McLeister, Dan (April 11, 1974). "Winner Features 'Fishnets' And Color". Ann Arbor News. Retrieved January 25, 2023 – via Ann Arbor District Library.
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