Finding traces of a vanished city
On Platt Rd. south of Packard, a two-bay cinderblock garage stands forlorn and abandoned, with a “SWISHER REALTY: For Lease” sign plastered on its front. “No one looking at it now would know that it was once an important place in the neighborhood,” says Realtor Ronald Dankert, who listed the property on behalf of the owners of the adjacent Bombay Grocers.
The garage is one of the last remaining vestiges of an almost-forgotten chapter in Ann Arbor history. Between 1947 and 1956, it served as the fire station for the city of East Ann Arbor, complete with living quarters and two rigs. The storage building in back housed city work trucks; the police station was across the street.