Third & William

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The parking lot has been cleared [photo 1] but the sidewalk was left undone [photo 2]. This happens a lot around town. I believe this example is University of Michigan property and responsibility. But there were a lot of uncleared sidewalks in the neighborhood, without even a first pass. Thanks to all who did make being a pedestrian safer and easier by shoveling!

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  1. December 14, 2013 at 9:20 pm | permalink

    If that’s the Argus Building, it is owned by O’Neal. Call the city’s Community Standards Unit at 794-6942. I used to work in this building and had to call the city a couple of times to get sidewalks cleared.

  2. By Linda Diane Feldt
    December 14, 2013 at 9:52 pm | permalink

    Thanks for the correction, Jim. Every year I email community standards long lists of violators. Most days that it snows. Tonight that list would have been whole blocks. Plenty of time next week.

  3. By Lilly
    December 15, 2013 at 3:29 am | permalink

    Thanks for standing up for pedestrians. It also helps people with physical disabilities.When i was in a wheelchair after an accident, I couldn’t go anywhere in the winter. I’d get off the bus and have to wheel down the center of a street. Especially at intersections like the one at Huron Parkway and Washtenaw. Very dangerous.

  4. By Rod Johnson
    December 15, 2013 at 12:51 pm | permalink

    Argus is owned by O’Neal?

  5. December 15, 2013 at 1:21 pm | permalink

    Re: ownership of the Argus Building. The Washtenaw County and City of Ann Arbor GIS website [warning: Silverlight] show Argus belonging to University of Michigan. The building across the way is owned by C-3 Partners (Bill Martin) [screenshot]

  6. December 15, 2013 at 3:27 pm | permalink

    There are two buildings commonly known as the “Argus Building”. The building to the west is owned by the University, and is known as “Argus Building II”. [link]

  7. December 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm | permalink

    Bill Martin is a partner, but Joe takes care of the building and has his offices there.

    When I was at Bach School, the camera factory was still there. Later the U bought the building and kept their amphibians in the basement. After that they sold it to Joe who gutted and rehabbed the building. He did a very nice job, and I miss my old office. He leased it back to the U, which still occupies part of the building. Originally it was a furniture maker, then a radio manufacturer.

    The building across the street, Argus II, is much newer. It had been the Argus optical shop. In 1973 the UM TV Center moved in. I worked there as a student and ran a lot cable and put on a lot connectors during that move.

  8. By Rod Johnson
    December 16, 2013 at 10:08 am | permalink

    Hey, I worked at the TV Center too, starting in 1974. A fun place to work.