Colonial Square Cooperative
Ann Arbor, MI
Colonial Square, a cooperative neighborhood established in the early 1960s, is made up of 57 buildings consisting of 427 units. After 45 years, the community began a major revitalization of the entire complex – the largest one-time renovation in its history. Buildings needed various repairs including stain removal on the exterior brick, tuck-pointing, windows, doors and hardware, gutters and downspouts, trim, furnaces, water heaters, air conditioning units, stair rails, flooring upgrades, kitchen upgrades, and bathroom upgrades.
Over the years, the siding was discolored and the doors and shutters faded on the buildings. Working off drawings, Historic House Colors worked with Marsh to develop several color schemes “individualizing” each of the units. In the end, not only did the beatification make each owner feel they truly had a personalized space different from the others, but also increased the property value for the entire community.
All of the work and inspections were conducted while the units remained owner-occupied. Marsh developed a special reporting system, offered updates for the community’s monthly newsletter, and shared detailed site logistics and phasing plans breaking the property into zones to minimize the impact on residents and keep communication proactive. Furthermore, meetings were set up for owners to view a “model unit” along with samples of various options for finishes and colors.