Q: What is the story behind the brick and wood structure on the south side of Broadway (at Swift) that has been inactive for decades? The location is so good, why hasn’t it been developed?

A. Opened in 1969 as an Italian eatery called D’Agostino’s, the building later became a Mexican restaurant, Loma Linda. But the location isn’t as good as it seems. First the city closed the extension of Canal Street that passed between the restaurant and the neighboring University Motel, and then the U-M bought the motel, which had provided the restaurant’s parking. When the hotel closed in the mid-1970s, so did Loma Linda. The U-M bought the building in December for $800,000.

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