Ypsilanti landmark could become marijuana facility, hairstylist opens dream salon: Ann Arbor headlines Dec. 18-23

ANN ARBOR, MI – An Ypsilanti landmark may be becoming a marijuana facility in the near future.

Here is that headline and some more you might have missed this week.

99-year-old Ypsilanti landmark Farm Bureau building could get new life as marijuana facility

An Ypsilanti landmark, the former Farm Bureau building marked by its hulking grain tower and silos, is set to turn 100 next year.

On its centennial birthday, a transformation could be in store, catapulting the deteriorating agricultural structure — also home to the “Frog Island Beer” building — into the forefront of the city’s 21st century economy.

That’s right, it might become a marijuana dispensary.

Dream comes true for Ann Arbor hairstylist who opened downtown salon

Downtown Ann Arbor has welcomed a new hair salon with a creative twist dedicated to the community.

While this 1,800-square-foot salon is new to the historic Kerrytown area, its owner and Ann Arbor family man Addison Foote is a well-seasoned hairstylist who’s following his dreams in opening his own studio.

Foote, 32, opened the doors of One Eleven Salon on Dec. 7 — just in time for the holidays. He’s been a licensed hairstylist for a decade and has traveled the country prior to finding the vacant space off Main Street.

Ypsilanti pair who pleaded guilty to punching puppies sentenced to probation

Two Ypsilanti residents accused of punching puppies have been sentenced on misdemeanor animal cruelty charges.

Nandella Miya Penn, 20, and Toreek Dejuan Belton, 22 were both sentenced to probation Monday, Dec. 20, after pleading guilty to one count of animal cruelty, according to a statement from the Humane Society of Huron Valley.

Judge finds pool party murder suspect incompetent to stand trial

A man charged with fatally shooting a man at a pool party two years ago won’t be going to trial soon.

Washtenaw County Trial Judge Patrick Conlin Jr. issued an opinion and order Friday, Dec. 17, finding Benjamin Anthony Craft incompetent to stand trial the slaying of Aundre Smith.

Craft, 19, has been in the Washtenaw County Jail without bond since his arrest in August 2019 after being accused in a fatal shooting that took place at the Acclaim at Ford Lake apartment complex July 26, 2019. Craft was 17 at the time of the incident.

Plans to transform longtime Ann Arbor-area bowling alley into Tesla dealership sail to first approval

Plans to replace a longtime Ann Arbor area bowling alley with what developers are calling “one of the Midwest’s largest Tesla dealerships” have moved swiftly past a first hurdle.

Less than a week after the announcement from the owners of Bel-Mark Lanes, 3530 Jackson Road in Scio Township, that the 45-year-old building could be sold, the township Planning Commission OK’d site plans for the electric vehicle hub slated to take its place.

How this Saline school nurse and her team keep kids in class during COVID pandemic

In the time it takes Karan Hervey to drive to Liberty School, the Saline Area Schools nurse has gotten three more phone calls.

The district has had eight cases of COVID-19 reported on a Thursday morning as Hervey prepares to meet another member of the nursing team at Pleasant Ridge Elementary School to double team administering rapid antigen tests for a handful of students.

Sava’s closing temporarily, plans to reopen with new concept

Sava’s is closing this winter to complete a remodel and overhaul of the restaurant.

Sava’s, 216 South State St., serves a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner options, as well as a weekend brunch. The restaurant aims to reopen in April, Owner Sava Farah said.

The remodel includes a complete overhaul of the space, with a focus on creating more workspace and a more spacious dining experience. The restaurant will lose about 25% of its seating, Farah said.

New owner plans to restore former Treasure Mart building to 1861 appearance, install additions

An Ann Arbor church has plans to restore the former Treasure Mart building to its historic appearance as it renovates the former store to become its new location.

Redeemer Ann Arbor, a nondenominational church currently at 611 ½ East William St., purchased the 529 Detroit St. building in July 2020 for a little more than $2 million, with plans to convert the space into a new church location, according to public records.

Legal stalemate: Late University of Michigan doctor sex abuse scandal approaches 3rd year

The name Robert Anderson meant little two years ago outside of Ann Arbor and inner circles of the University of Michigan athletic department.

But Anderson’s name gained infamy in February 2020 when former UM wrestler Tad DeLuca went public in a letter to UM Athletic Director Warde Manuel about how Anderson sexually abused him in 1975. That first accusation grew from dozens to hundreds to more than a thousand former students and athletes over the next 22 months who claim Anderson digitally penetrated them in unnecessary rectal exams during physicals.

Can’t go to the Orange Bowl? Watch Michigan meet Georgia live on the jumbo screen at this theater

Looking to watch the Capital One Orange Bowl without having to pay the hefty costs of traveling to Hard Rock stadium in Miami?

Well, you can see Michigan meet Georgia in the College Football Playoff semifinal game live on the jumbo screen at Cinemark’s Ann Arbor 20 theater, 4100 Carpenter Road in Ypsilanti, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31.

Ann Arbor HR director leaves drama at city hall to take University of Michigan job

After leaving his job as Ann Arbor’s human resources and labor relations director, Tom Guajardo is now working in HR for the University of Michigan.

Guajardo, who has not responded to requests for comment on his departure from the city amid controversy over allegations he made about the city’s leadership, is now listed in the university directory as HR director in the Library Deans’ Office. He started work Dec. 6, a university spokesperson said.

4-story housing development proposed near Trader Joe’s in Ann Arbor

A major new housing development is in the planning stages near Trader Joe’s in Ann Arbor.

A redevelopment of the University Inn site at 2424 E. Stadium Blvd. could bring 186 new residential units, according to a postcard the developer recently sent to neighbors showing a drawing of what’s envisioned.

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