Two Significant Milestones Achieved Today

Power was connected to the snow melting system today and Shoreline Power Services will commission the system tomorrow morning.

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TCLP took down the high voltage wires along Pine Street north of Uptown. That means the power poles and the rest of the wires will be coming down soon, too!

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Uptown Price Increase Advisory

We had a GREAT turnout for our Realtor and VIP Open Houses this weekend! The most common word heard both days was WOW! and we believe we met the buyers of all the remaining units!

We have just completed our year-end cost accounting and are finding costs coming in about 5% over budget, so a commensurate price increase will become effective AFTER one more riverfront townhome is sold.  

Available riverfront units are B, H, I and J. Click Here for the current price sheet for the remaining units.  

Cityside Unit plans and pricing are undergoing revision: All units will be 3 stories with rooftop patios!

Call me if you want to reserve the ONE UNIT to be sold at current pricing!

Mike Wills 231-922-3000


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Please join us for a short VIP presentation

at 11AM followed by tours from 12-4.

We are excited to invite you to tour the Uptown Phase 1 townhomes nearing completion before we turn over keys to their owners. This is a Don’t-Miss chance to see for yourself what all the buzz is about. 

We hosted a Realtor-Only tour yesterday afternoon and were gratified with a great turnout. More than that, though, was the one word we kept hearing over and over: WOW! Other comments, like “I had no idea how cool this would be” and “this is REALLY IMPRESSIVE”, when heard from Realtors who see great homes every day, attest to the amazing features you just can’t find in downtown living anywhere else.

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Click on the image below to view a quick 1.5 minute video:

Can’t make it? Call me for a private showing at your convenience.

Mike Wills  Phone 231-922-3000

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City Water Main Break in Street Causes Washout into River at Uptown

A City water main ruptured in the street at the intersection of State and Pine Streets, just north of Uptown on Saturday, January 2nd around midnight. Cause of the rupture is not known, but the break occurred below a bank of underground electrical conduits that were installed several years ago when the streets were re-paved. The break flooded the street for nearly a block in both directions and the water ultimately found its way to the Boardman River through Uptown via a City utility easement. The Uptown buildings under construction did not suffer any damage, nor did the recently completed paving and landscaping, although there is a lot of sand and debris to clean up at the project and out of the river. None of this unfortunate event was caused directly or indirectly by Uptown or any of its contractors.

Dave Green, Director of the Traverse City Department of Public Services has this to say in response to an email by a concerned Citizen:

“Thanks for your concern and heads up about the activities you noticed on the north bank of the Boardman River this afternoon. I was forwarded your email by our City Planner, Russ Soyring to respond as the DPS Department was involved in the occurrence that required the work be completed .

Saturday evening around 10:00 pm a 12″ water main broke under the intersection of Pine Street and State Street. Before the City was notified and could respond it was close to 1:00 am on Sunday. During the 3 to 4 hours that the 12″ main ran unchecked the water from the leak heaved a good portion of the street, blew out sections of the conc. curb and sidewalk, washed up and over the road right of way and raced down between the two buildings fronting the river taking with it approx. 150 to 175 cu yds. of sand/gravel that doesn’t belong there.

Since Monday I have been working with the USACE in Detroit, the MDEQ out of Cadillac, the Grand Traverse Conservation District and City staff to develop the best plan available to remove the sediment from the river asap.

What you were witnessing this afternoon is the result of that plan that all involved agreed was the best plan.

Although this accident occurred next to the Uptown Development, the project was not the cause of the operation that raised your concern.

The water main break was an unfortunate happening that could have been worse had the boom required for the Uptown Development not been in place. It contained a large amount of the sediment that washed down the bank.

I hope this sheds a little light on what you saw. 

Thanks again for your willingness to report in,




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Happy Uptown New Year!

Happy New Year from the Uptown Development Team! 

IMG_0380IMG_0361We moved a lot of dirt this fall and we are happy to report that we got everything accomplished that we planned for! All the underground utilities for the entire project have been installed: sewer, water, storm water, roof drains and conduits for electric, communication and irrigation are all in the ground and backfilled. The spaghetti bowl of overlapping pipe is buried and the heavy earthwork is over. The motor court paving for Phase 1 is complete and the snowmelt system should be operational in a few weeks.  Foundations for Phases 2&3 are and backfilled and the and the sub-base for Phase 2/3 is done and ready for paving this summer. We even got most of the Phase 1 landscaping in before the snow came. Power poles and lines will be down by spring. A miracle on State Street, for sure.

All that impeded access and slowed progress on the Phase 1 construction, but things are moving quickly again. Garage doors have been installed on several units and they are beautiful! The masons are back on site and finishing up the brick work. Trim, cabinetry, flooring, tile work and painting are well underway and looking fabulous. Now that the exteriors and interiors are nearing completion and the entry is paved and landscaped, we are excited to think about taking down the fence to reveal the Uptown we envisioned. It is time to show off and sell the remaining units!
















Unit B, now with improved river views, can still be customized and ready for occupancy this summer. To get a jump on construction and occupancy of the three remaining Riverfront Units (H, I and J), the foundations, lower-level framing, first-floor decking and pre-stressed concrete planks for garages are all in place, yet there is still time for customization and personalization. Plans, foundations and prices for the Cityside Live-Above-Work plans are now set and ready for spring construction start.

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Amazingly, the word on the street and even among realtors is that Uptown is sold out! Others just can’t visualize; they need to see what Uptown is all about.  Real estate activity picks up after the Holidays and builds through the spring, so don’t miss out. Contact us for a personal tour!














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The Miracle on State Street

IMG_0380Landscaping and paving are not winter construction activities,  but the record-breaking warm weather allowed Molon Excavating, Inc. crews to completely install all the underground utilities and the Grand Traverse Construction concrete artisans to work their magic on the beautifully crafted, heated driveway and motor court. Traverse Outdoor Maintenance landscaping crews wrapped it all up with beautiful landscaping just in time for Christmas!

IMG_0382So, as Phase 1 nears completion, the five riverfront townhomes in Phase 2 are getting well underway. Precast concrete planks were set last week and the main level floor trusses are just about ready for decking! Three of these amazing Riverfront Townhomes in this phase are still available, custom designed and finished with features you won’t find anywhere else: 2 car garages, private elevators, green roofs and walk-out basements just 10 feet from a blue ribbon trout river with park views. Privacy and autonomy to the max: no shared hallways, elevators or stairwells; no one above or below you; no shared mechanical systems.



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Go Green!



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Those are not easy words for a couple guys from UofM (Dave Whiteford and Mike Wills) but we are talking about garden roofs at Uptown, not football.  Nate Griswold and team Inhabitect are putting the finishing touches on the rooftop plantings.  Pretty COOL (just one of the many benefits of a green roof)!


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