Thursday, December 5, 2019

How can the Y Lot and the Old County Road Commission Building be used to help housing affordability in Ann Arbor?

Gentle readers, as you know, Ann Arbor is in the process of deciding what to do with several city-owned properties. Two of those properties are the Y Lot on William between 4th Ave and 5th Ave and the Old County Road Commission Building at 415 W. Washington, across from the current YMCA. Right now Ann Arbor is collecting input on how these properties can best be used to support housing and affordability. You can find more about these projects here. In addition to a survey on the project page, there are also 5 community discussion sessions on housing and affordability today and running through December 9th. Here are the session dates:

Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, 150 S. 5th Ave., Suite 301, 5-9 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 6 at the Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch, third floor freespace, noon-4 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Ann Arbor YMCA, Michigan Room, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8 at Cirq, 210 S. 1st St., noon-4 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 9 at the Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch, third floor freespace, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
There is a housing shortage in Ann Arbor. There is insufficient affordable (subsidized) and market-rate housing. Please at the least take the survey and let the city know what you think. If you have the time, please go to one or more of the conversations and make sure your voice is heard.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Ann Arbor City Council Preview: December 2, 2019

Gentle readers, it's the most wonderful time of year. That's right, it's time for the first December meeting of #a2council. Here's the agenda.

The evening kicks off with a reasonable 11 item consent agenda. The biggest item here is probably CA-7, a contract with Emterra Services for Recycling.

There are three public hearings tonight. PH-1/B-1 is on an ordinance to amend the city's fees around going out of Business Permits. The hearings for PH-2/DB-1 and PH-3/DB-2 are probably the most interesting. These are to approve the site plans for 212 S. State and 616 E Washington, together which would approve a 19-story building behind the Michigan Theater. This building uses an affordable housing premium to exceed the normal height limit in the D1 zone. I hope this project goes through.

Elsewhere in the agenda, there is DC-5, a resolution regarding the future of the Center of the City/Library Lot. Interestingly, this directs the Administrator to undertake several specific actions, even though the Center of the City Task Force is still compiling their report regarding their outreach efforts. This will likely unearth strong feelings about the Center of The City/Library Lot.

Gentle readers, what agenda items are you most interested in? Make sure you tune in to the action tonight 7:00 on CTN and follow along with the #a2council hashtag on twitter.