HGTV begins filming in Ann Arbor neighborhood

Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 11:33pm

More like this

Home and Garden Television Visited, more commonly known as HGTV, has purchased a local property at 730 Spring Street for renovations and filming, according to The Ann Arbor News. The house lies within Ann Arbor’s popular west side Water Hill neighborhood.

HGTV is a home design and renovation channel, well known for its remodeling and makeover programs for homeowners.  

Late in 2015, HGTV issued handouts to residents in the Water Hill neighborhood to inform them of the upcoming development. The note was signed by Gary McCormick, director of corporate communications, marketing and communications for HGTV.

“If you are not already aware, HGTV has recently purchased the property at 730 Spring Street, which will be featured in an upcoming HGTV program,” the note read. “Renovations will begin shortly on the home and be featured sometime in 2016.”

City records state the property was bought by Urban Retreat, LLC for $225,000 last October. According to permits filed with the City of Ann Arbor, the home will be redesigned by Ann Arbor-based Maven Development and Canton-based architecture firm Studio Z Architecture.

Companies hired to work on the project are bound by non-disclosure agreements, and are unable to answer media inquiries about on-going construction. McCormick explained that HGTV will only release additional information when the project is announced to viewers.  

The two-bedroom, single-story property was built in 1925. A second story will be added, expanding the property from 840 to 1324 square-feet, according to plans filed with the City of Ann Arbor. Also in the plans are an additional bathroom, powder room, skylights, a covered front porch and sliding glass doors to a back deck.

HGTV was keen to assure residents that they will not be inconvenienced by the developments. In the note, HGTV also notified residents of the installation of cameras on the property.

“The cameras are stationary and will not provide any footage of the neighborhood or any other homes adjacent to the property,” the note clarified.

Camera crews were stationed on the property earlier last week.