04/19/2013 08:56 am ET Updated Jun 19, 2013

U-M To Buy 4 Homes, Pursue Eminent Domain For New Dorm On Blimpy Burger Site


A new dormitory for graduate students will occupy the site of the Blimpy Burger restaurant, the University of Michigan announced Thursday.

The school plans to purchase two properties on South Division Street and two properties on East Madison Street for $3.17 million. The properties total just under 0.4 acres. The school recently bought the building that houses Blimpy Burger, and an adjacent building, on South Division Street for $1.5 million.

To make way for two other buildings on South Division Street the university is pursuing eminent domain because the owners would not agree to a deal with the university.