The Opus Group® Announces Plans for New Student Housing Development Near the University of Michigan


CHICAGO – The Opus Group (Opus) announced today plans for a 13-story student housing complex near the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Mich. The project is scheduled to break ground on May 15.

Named ArborBLU, the development will be built directly above Pizza House at 624 Church Street in the South University district. The luxury apartment complex will have a total of 123 units and 232 beds, offering a mixture of one-, two- and three-bedroom units.

“This is an exciting project that requires a unique skill set to implement,” said Sean Spellman, vice president and general manager of Opus Development Company, L.L.C. “We have worked in close collaboration with the city of Ann Arbor and the Tice Family throughout the planning stages to ensure we’re delivering a project that sets a new bar for location, amenities, technology and resident security.”

ArborBLU will feature upscale amenities, including a fitness studio, study space, a rooftop patio and a club room with stadium views. The apartments will also offer in-house tanning and free 24-hour delivery from Pizza House, as well as secure bike storage and best-in-class WiFi speeds. The project will be built to meet LEED Silver certification.

“We appreciate the collaborative process with Opus and the city of Ann Arbor to fulfil the original vision to vertically expand the Pizza House property,” said Dennis Tice, owner of Pizza House.

ArborBLU is scheduled for completion for the fall 2015 academic semester.

Opus Development Company, L.L.C. will be the developer, Opus Design Build, L.L.C. will be the design builder, J. Bradley Moore & Associates will be the design architect and Opus AE Group, L.L.C. will be the architect of record.

About The Opus Group
The Opus Group® is a family of commercial real estate development, construction and design companies headquartered in Minneapolis with offices and projects across the country. Opus operates as an integrated, multidisciplinary team with expertise in development, capital markets and finance; project management and construction; architecture, engineering and interior design; sales and leasing. The Opus Group includes Opus Holding, L.L.C. and its operating subsidiaries: Opus Development Company, L.L.C., Opus Design Build, L.L.C. and Opus AE Group, L.L.C. Specializing in office, industrial, retail, institutional, residential and government projects, The Opus Group has broad capabilities, deep experience and a proven design-build model that delivers solutions for customers on time and on budget. For more information, visit