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Swisher Realty Co. is born
Swisher Realty became the leasing agent for Glencoe Hills
The First State Street Art Fair,
Huron High School opens,
and Crisler Arena opens
Bo Schembechler becomes U of M football coach
The Ann Arbor Blues Festival is created by a group of U of M students, featuring artists like Muddy Waters and B.B. King
Glencoe Hills reaches 100% occupancy. A 1-bedroom apartment was $190 and 3-bedroom apartment was $325!
Swisher Realty manages the First National Building on the corner of Main St. and Washington
Borders Books opens in Ann Arbor by brothers Tom and Louis Borders. The chain grew to over 500 stores in the US before closing in 2010.
Briarwood Mall opens in Ann Arbor, anchored by JCPenney, Sears and Hudson’s a year later
Swisher is the leasing agent for the newly constructed Wolverine Tower, boasting "high speed elevators"
Yost Field House becomes Yost Ice Arena and serves as Michigan Hockey’s new home
Shakey Jake moves to town, becoming one of Ann Arbor’s favorite regulars
Madonna attends the University of Michigan and lives on South University Ave.
Original Cottage Inn grows and opens Cottage Inn Carryout & Delivery
Michigan Theater Office Building reopens its doors with new management, John Swisher III manages and sells to new owners
Poulos Family were the sellers, sold to Lafourche Realty Co. of Kalamazoo
Housed 8 shops and 20 offices upstairs. Professional offices in the building at the time: Schoolkids Records and Tapes, Albert’s Copying, Shepard Shoes, Sylvia Studio of Dance, Bill’s Bindery, and more.
Monahan’s Fish Market in Kerrytown opens
Michigan Theater purchased and saved by A2 State Bank for $550,000—Swisher Realty brokered the deal
The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, founded in 1978, expands into the historic downtown firehouse with 25 exhibits
Zingerman’s Deli opens its doors with 4 employees (5 tables, 4 stools)
U of M Hospital establishes “Survival Flight,” the first of its kind in the state, operating 3 helicopters
Ron Dankert produces a concert, "Irish Night at the Michigan Theater"
John Swisher III becomes President/CEO
Tom Monaghan opens Domino Farms, an iconic structure inspired by architect and designer Frank Lloyd Wright, over 270 acres
The inventor of the iPod, Tony Fadell, graduates from the University of Michigan
Swisher creates the first Year-End Vacancy Report
Vernice “Bunnie” Weinberg reaches 30 years of working for Swisher Realty Co. She began working with John Swisher Jr. at the Butts and Swisher Co. in 1962 and continued as secretary with Swisher Realty.
Larry Page, co-founder of Google, graduates from the University of Michigan
U of M football stadium became known as “The Big House”
Bank of Ann Arbor opens with 15 employees and grows to over 40 employees by 1998
The Ark opens its doors at new location on Main St.
John Swisher III and Ron Dankert brought on Dave Hamilton, Bob Bliss, Doug Smith and Bart Wise as partners
Arborland shopping center is redeveloped to become a retail park containing a Toys “R” Us and Marshalls
Ann Arbor has the lowest office vacancy rate in the Metro Detroit area during it's second quarter at 2.4%. Lease rates averaged $18.94/square foot
Swisher Realty Co. rebrands to Swisher Commercial
Zingerman’s Roadhouse opens
Swisher receives first CoStar Power Broker award for transaction volume and continues to receive recognition today
The first fairy door appears in Ann Arbor.
FestiFools comes to Main Street for first time on April 1
The Border To Border Trail is started, connecting communities, parks and bike lanes over 50 miles across Washtenaw County
A Snapshot of Commercial Real Estate written by John Swisher III capturing commercial real estate memories from the early 1960's to 2008.
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair marks its fiftieth year
The Tech Brewery is founded by Swisher Commercial’s Doug Smith (Northern Brewery building owner) and local serial entrepreneur, Dug Song. Together they provided one of the first spaces for start-up businesses and tech culture in Ann Arbor. Dug Song and John Oberle’s Duo Security started with a ‘rent-a-desk’ space at Tech Brewery and has grown into a tech and business giant.
Ann Arbor gets a 150,000 SF Costco warehouse on the corner of Airport Blvd and Ellsworth, bringing 180 new jobs
Ann Arbor News' Deals of the Year for Commercial Real Estate awarded to Mike Giraud
It is one of the largest sales in Ann Arbor that year, $10.6 million for the 301 E. Liberty Building, purchased by Dahlmann Properties
Returned to local ownership for the first time in 20 years
Big House hosted Michigan/Notre Dame game, 115,109 in attendance, record for a college football game since 1927 and NCAA single-game attendance record of all time
TLS Productions Inc., a full-service production company doubles in size, moves to Ann Arbor at Jackson Plaza – Bart Wise, John Evans, and Charlie Koenn represented the deal.
Michigan’s leading auto-industry experts and U of M leaders introduce “Mcity”, the world’s first controlled vehicle test site, paving the way for driverless cars
Mike Jurgenson of Swisher Commercial represents the seller of 121 and 123 E. Liberty St. City Council approves plans to build a three-story addition which would bring new residential units downtown
New 6-story hotel, Hyatt Place, on State Street in Ann Arbor is approved, bringing over 140 hotel rooms to the area
GenZe, a Deals of the Year finalist, selling all-electric scooters, moves to Ann Arbor—Bart Wise brokered the deal
Domino’s Farms displays one of the finest Frank Lloyd Wright collections, celebrating his 150th birthday
Randy Maas and Mike Giraud of Swisher Commercial have office space available in Ann Arbor’s first ever skyscraper at 100 S Main St. (the Key Bank building, formerly known as the Glazier Building)
Ann Arbor’s Skyline is changing due to the new developments: Kingsley Condominiums, 121 Kingsley West, The Glen Hotel, The Residences at 615 S. Main, The Calvin, 611 E University, The Collegian North, Montgomery Houze and 315 S Main—bringing new retail opportunities and housing
Swisher Commercial brokers the sale of the iconic music venue, The Blind Pig. New owners Joe Malcoun, Jason Berry and an investment team plan to maintain it as a music venue, while keeping the same staff
After serving as CEO for 13 years, Dave Hamilton steps down. Swisher Commercial is thankful for his leadership and his continued commercial real estate expertise at the company.
Mike Jurgenson assumes the role of President/CEO of Swisher Commercial
“It is truly an honor to follow in the footsteps of our past
leadership. We have a long successful history and I am very
excited about the future as we celebrate our 50th anniversary.
We have an outstanding team in place that is committed to
providing our clients with exceptional service.”
—Mike Jurgenson, CCIM