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Potential high-rise development in Ann Arbor may force Pinball Pete's to relocate

Pinball Pete's arcade in Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor District Library
Pinball Pete's arcade in Ann Arbor

A developer is looking to build high-rise apartments where Ann Arbor’s Pinball Pete’s arcade is located. It’s still unclear what the fate of the business will be.

A Georgia-based development company is looking to purchase the property Pinball Pete’s arcade currently rents. Developers proposed a 17-story complex that would cater to University of Michigan students.

Ted Arnold is the president of Pinball Pete’s. He says the business has no intention of closing its doors and would relocate if needed. It’s ultimately the choice of the developers, but Arnold says he would strongly prefer to keep the arcade's current, central location.

“Basically, if the developers meet all the criteria that the city has, I hate to say it, but it’s almost like they can’t be stopped.”

At a meeting with developers last week, community members expressed support for the arcade. Arnold says he was surprised by the public outpouring hopes developers will consider allowing the arcade to keep its current location.

The issue will be further discussed at the upcoming Ann Arbor Planning Commission meeting on December 19th at 7PM.

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Taylor Bowie joined WEMU as a reporter in October 2023.
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