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Model Homes for Willow Village Redevelopment, August 1956

Model Homes for Willow Village Redevelopment, August 1956 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, August 29, 1956
Caption
VILLAGE MODELS READIED: These two model homes, the first visible step in a planned $150,000,000 redevelopment of Willow Village with private housing, are now nearing completion on Blossom St., just east and north of occupied portions of the Village. These houses, to cost in the area of $11,000 for the frame (left) and $12,000 for the brick, are the first of 61 planned in the lower-priced Washtenaw Orchards Subdivision No. 1. Construction of homes there and elsewhere will begin after the sales models have been completed and opened, spokesmen for the Willow Woods Development Co. of Detroit said. Private redevelopment of the wartime "Bomber City" began after Ypsilanti township purchased the village in November, 1954. No completion date has been set, although the existing Village structures are scheduled, by law, to be razed by July 1, 1958.

Demolition of Willow Village Temporary Housing Units, January 1967

Demolition of Willow Village Temporary Housing Units, January 1967 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, January 9, 1957
Caption
'BOMBER CITY' FADES: Razing of temporary housing units which make up Willow Village, the "Bomber City" of World War II, is continuing with 72 buildings containing more than 400 apartments already leveled. Only two-thirds of the 3,068 apartment units which provided wartime emergency housing remain occupied and standing. The entire temporary development must be eliminated by July 1, 1958, according to state law. Meanwhile, plans continue for building some 5,000 privately owned homes on the Village property.

New Low-Cost Housing Development at Willow Village, October 1957

New Low-Cost Housing Development at Willow Village, October 1957 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, October 2, 1957
Caption
LOW-COST VILLAGE HOMES: Eleven houses, available under Section 221 of the National Housing Act, are in advanced stages of construction on Clark Rd. in the western section of Willow Village. Other houses in the 373-lot Washtenaw Concourse Subdivisions are also under construction. The homes, intended chiefly for families displaced by the demolition of wartime housing in Willow Village, are being sold for less than $10,000 on 40-year mortgages. More than 80 families have already made deposits on the low-cost homes being built by the Willow Woods Development Co. as part of the redevelopment of the wartime "Bomber City." The first 50 "221" houses are expected to be completed before Jan. 1.

Willow Development Company Buys Willow Village, February 1955

Willow Development Company Buys Willow Village, February 1955 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, February 24, 1955
Caption
WILLOW VILLAGE BUILDERS: Pictured on the grounds of Christ Lutheran Church in Willow Village are nine of the 10 general partners and the two limited partners of the Willow Development Co., which yesterday signed a purchase agreement calling for redevelopment of the 1,641-acre Willow Village area. Left to right, they are: (front row) Fred Gattegno of Royal Oak, Sidney C. Barnes, A. Richard Tischler and Harry C. Davidson, all of Detroit, and Stephen Lanyi of Oak Park; (second row), Justin McCaslin, realtor, and Fred Palma, dairy owner, both of Ypsilanti township (limited partners), Jack Gattegno of Royal Oak (brother of Fred Gattegno) and Samuel Seyburn of Detroit (top row) Morton Graddis and Milton M. Howard, both of Detroit. Not pictured is the 10th generation partner, Arthur Howard of Detroit, twin brother of Milton Howard.

Ypsilanti Township Sells Willow Village to Private Developers, February 1955

Ypsilanti Township Sells Willow Village to Private Developers, February 1955 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, February 23, 1955
Caption
WILLOW VILLAGE SALE COMPLETED TODAY: Ypsilanti township Supr. Henry F. hicks (center) signs his name is the voluminous contract by which the township said Willow Village to a group of private developers and builders, headed by Sidney C. Barnes (right), Township Clerk Donald E. Ehle looks on during the formal signing, which, was followed by a tour of the Village for press representatives and area officials.