Stephen Kunselman http://wemu.org en Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Focus On Neighborhood Improvements http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-mayoral-candidates-focus-neighborhood-improvements <div>Ann Arbor's Democratic Mayoral Primary is now just over a week away. The 4 city council members running for the post continue to walk neighborhoods looking for votes. &nbsp;One of the key's&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">to the election may turn out to be what residents want from the city in these neighborhoods.</span></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:22:21 +0000 Andrew Cluley 49370 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Focus On Neighborhood Improvements Ann Arbor Asking If Properties Are Available To Become Parkland http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-asking-if-properties-are-available-become-parkland <div>A pair of properties that developers have had a challenge in using could become Ann Arbor parks. &nbsp;8<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;acres of Woods and brush separate U-S 23 from Ann Arbor's quiet Burton Road on the city's eastside.&nbsp;</span></div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:08:56 +0000 Andrew Cluley 49232 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Asking If Properties Are Available To Become Parkland Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Share Thoughts On Economic Development http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-mayoral-candidates-share-thoughts-economic-development <div>Ann Arbor's Democratic mayoral primary is rapidly approaching on August 5th. Since incumbent Mayor John Hieftje isn't seeking re-election it offers the community a chance to chart a new course in a wide variety of areas. &nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48970 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Share Thoughts On Economic Development Business Organization Shares Economic Development Wishes Ahead Of Ann Arbor's Mayoral Primary http://wemu.org/post/business-organization-shares-economic-development-wishes-ahead-ann-arbors-mayoral-primary-0 <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From attracting and retaining businesses to new construction projects, economic development is an important issue in every community. &nbsp;Ann Arbor voters head to the polls August </span>5th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and economic development will be among the issues voters consider when casting their ballot for one of the four Mayoral candidates.&nbsp;</span></div><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:30:39 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48952 at http://wemu.org Business Organization Shares Economic Development Wishes Ahead Of Ann Arbor's Mayoral Primary Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Share Thoughts On Affordable Housing And Homelessness http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-mayoral-candidates-share-thoughts-affordable-housing-and-homelessness <div>Ann Arbor homeless advocates hope the large turnout at a mayoral forum on the issue will show it's a priority to voters. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">If nothing else all four City Council members appearing on the democratic ballot for mayor pledged to commit financial and political capital to ending homelessness in the city by 2018.</span></div><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:57:28 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48848 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Share Thoughts On Affordable Housing And Homelessness Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Differ On Spending Priorities http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-mayoral-candidates-differ-spending-priorities <div>For the first time in 14-years, Ann Arbor will soon have a new Mayor. &nbsp; Whom voters elect will help determine the direction of the city's spending priorities.</div><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:28:49 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48662 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Mayoral Candidates Differ On Spending Priorities Ann Arbor Mayor Believes Big Projects During His Tenure Making Positive Impact http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-mayor-believes-big-projects-during-his-tenure-making-positive-impact <div>Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje thinks investments made during his tenure are already paying results and will continue to do so. &nbsp;The issue of spending priorities however is one voters will be looking at as the city chooses a new mayor for the first time in 14 years. &nbsp;</div><div>Hieftje points to the underground parking structure as helping grow the local economy. &nbsp;That's because he doesn't think the city's growing tech sector would have been possible without additional parking downtown. &nbsp;He says these jobs have helped keep the area more active, boosting restuarants and other businesses.</div><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:56:44 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48606 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Mayor Believes Big Projects During His Tenure Making Positive Impact Ann Arbor Officials Looking At Options To Register Rideshare Service Drivers http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-officials-looking-options-register-rideshare-service-drivers <div>Shortly after rideshare services Uber and Lyft came to Ann Arbor the city sent the companies cease and desist letters. &nbsp;Now a proposal to amend the city's taxi cab ordinance is being considered to but some teeth behind the letters. &nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:33:47 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48003 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Officials Looking At Options To Register Rideshare Service Drivers Ann Arbor And Ypsilanti Mayoral Candidates Share Plans Together At Forum http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-and-ypsilanti-mayoral-candidates-share-plans-together-forum <div>Ypsilanti Mayoral candidate Amanda Edmonds believes Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and neighboring communities will succeed or fail together. &nbsp;She made these remarks Thursday at the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber's unique mayoral forum that brought together candidates for the job in both cities. &nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 08:25:28 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47970 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor And Ypsilanti Mayoral Candidates Share Plans Together At Forum Literati Bookstore Hosting Ann Arbor Mayoral Debate http://wemu.org/post/literati-bookstore-hosting-ann-arbor-mayoral-debate <div>How will Ann Arbor's next mayor take on the challenges around the city's always changing downtown? &nbsp;That will be among the primary topics discussed Wednesday night at a mayoral debate hosted by <strong><a href="http://literatibookstore.com/" target="_blank">Literati Bookstore</a></strong>. &nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:26:17 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47824 at http://wemu.org Literati Bookstore Hosting Ann Arbor Mayoral Debate Plans To Consider Re-Design Of Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza Sent To Parks Advisory Commission http://wemu.org/post/plans-consider-re-design-ann-arbors-liberty-plaza-sent-parks-advisory-commission <div><div>Ann Arbor City Council is unified in concerns over Liberty Plaza but differ in their thoughts on how to move forward on improving the urban park. &nbsp;Council referred a resolution to start a re-design process to the Parks Advisory Commission.&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:17:57 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47475 at http://wemu.org Plans To Consider Re-Design Of Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza Sent To Parks Advisory Commission Meet Ann Arbor Candidates For Mayor Saturday http://wemu.org/post/meet-ann-arbor-candidates-mayor-saturday <div>Primary elections are less than two months away so candidates are getting busy knocking on doors and sharing their vision. &nbsp;Ann Arbor voters also have several chances to see all four Democrats running for Mayor in the coming weeks. &nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:34:32 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47282 at http://wemu.org Meet Ann Arbor Candidates For Mayor Saturday Ann Arbor To Consider Killing Some Deer In City http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-consider-killing-some-deer-city <div>Ann Arbor plans to consider efforts to control the city's deer population that could include killing some of the animals or sterilization. &nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Ann Arbor News reports </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">City Council voted Monday night to direct the city administrator to evaluate Ann Arbor's options and report back by the end of July.</span></div><div> Tue, 06 May 2014 11:24:08 +0000 Associated Press 45432 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor To Consider Killing Some Deer In City Alternative Cab Options Come To Ann Arbor, And So Does Public Safety Concern From Some http://wemu.org/post/alternative-cab-options-come-ann-arbor-and-so-does-public-safety-concern-some <p>Ann Arbor area residents have a couple of new options to get around town, but the city’s taxi cab board has concerns.&nbsp; The conflict between traditional cab drivers and new services like <strong><a href="https://www.uber.com/cities/ann-arbor" target="_blank">Uber</a></strong> and <strong><a href="http://www.lyft.com/" target="_blank">Lyft</a></strong> has come to Washtenaw County.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:37:51 +0000 Andrew Cluley 45193 at http://wemu.org Alternative Cab Options Come To Ann Arbor, And So Does Public Safety Concern From Some University Of Michigan Class Led By Ann Arbor Mayor Hosting Forum Of Candidates To Be Next Mayor http://wemu.org/post/university-michigan-class-led-ann-arbor-mayor-hosting-forum-candidates-be-next-mayor <div>The 4 Ann Arbor City Council members seeking Mayor John Hieftje's job will participate in a forum in his <strong><a href="http://www.fordschool.umich.edu/" target="_blank">Ford School of Public Policy</a></strong> class Wednesday. &nbsp;The forum set to begin at 1 in the afternoon in Weill Hall will be open to the public. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Hieftje says he doesn't know exactly what the students will be asking <strong><a href="http://www.sabrabriere.org/Sabra%20Briere%20for%20Mayor.php" target="_blank">Sabra Briere</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/SallyHartPetersen" target="_blank">Sally Hart Petersen</a></strong>, <strong><a href="http://www.kunselmanforcouncil.com/" target="_blank">Stephen Kunselman</a></strong>, and <strong><a href="http://www.taylorforannarbor.com/" target="_blank">Christopher Taylor</a></strong>.</div><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:14:07 +0000 Andrew Cluley 44430 at http://wemu.org University Of Michigan Class Led By Ann Arbor Mayor Hosting Forum Of Candidates To Be Next Mayor Ann Arbor City Council to Consider Resolution Outlining Specific Park Location on Library Lot http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-consider-resolution-outlining-specific-park-location-library-lot <p>Monday Ann Arbor City Council will consider a resolution that would designate about 10-thousand square feet of the surface lot on top of the Library Lane parking garage as the site of a future park.&nbsp; City officials have long stated a portion of the area will become park space, but this resolution would nail down the specific location.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 06:51:10 +0000 Andrew Cluley 42171 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council to Consider Resolution Outlining Specific Park Location on Library Lot Ann Arbor City Council Expected to Decide Tonight if the City Will Buy the Edwards Brothers Property http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-expected-decide-tonight-if-city-will-buy-edwards-brothers-property <div>A decision is expected Monday night as Ann Arbor officials debate whether they should buy a State Street Property or have it permanently removed from the tax rolls. &nbsp;City Council is holding a special meeting to consider using a right of first refusal to buy the Edwards Brothers property. &nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 05:24:07 +0000 Andrew Cluley 41963 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council Expected to Decide Tonight if the City Will Buy the Edwards Brothers Property Ann Arbor City Council Likely to Decide Fate of Edwards Brothers Property Monday http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-likely-decide-fate-edwards-brothers-property-monday <div>With the deadline to use a right of first refusal to buy the Edwards Brothers Property on State Street about a week away, Ann Arbor City Council will hold a special meeting on the issue Monday. &nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 07:50:45 +0000 Andrew Cluley 41736 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council Likely Revisiting Crosswalk Ordinance http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-likely-revisiting-crosswalk-ordinance <p>Ann Arbor City Council soon may be once more looking at revisions to the city's crosswalk ordinance.&nbsp;</p><p>Council member Stephen Kunselman says another proposed amendment is likely.&nbsp; He adds that the new proposal will be based on language used by Mayor John Hieftje in his veto of the amendment council passed late last year.&nbsp; Kunselman says the mayor mentioning motorists need to stop if they can do so safely is a change.<br /><br />Hiefjte says the comment about motorists stopping if they can safely do so is nothing new.&nbsp; He says pedestrians remain safer if they don't have to step into the road to get motorists to stop.&nbsp;</p><p>The city also has a new task force looking at a wide variety of pedestrian safety issues including the crosswalk ordinance.</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 05:18:22 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40695 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council Likely Revisiting Crosswalk Ordinance 14 Story Apartment Project for Church Street Approved by Ann Arbor City Council http://wemu.org/post/14-story-apartment-project-church-street-approved-ann-arbor-city-council <p>Ann Arbor City Council has approved the site plan and development agreement for an apartment building at 624 Church Street.&nbsp; The proposal is for a 14 story apartment building built partially over the Pizza House Restaurant.&nbsp; The plan calls for 232 bedrooms in 123 units.&nbsp;</p><p>The project has been given positive reviews from the city’s Design Review Board but parking issues led to a lengthy conversation at the council table.&nbsp; The concerns centered around having spaces reserved in the Forest Avenue parking structure for the next 15 years, and three five year extensions to have spaces somewhere in the city’s parking system.&nbsp;</p><p>Council members say the city’s payment in lieu of parking program needs to be reviewed, as well as the requirement for parking at downtown developments.&nbsp;</p><p>The developers of the project hope to begin work in the spring with a targeted occupancy date in August of 2015.</p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 04:53:59 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40481 at http://wemu.org Julie Grand Running For Ann Arbor City Council Again http://wemu.org/post/julie-grand-running-ann-arbor-city-council-again <p>The former chair of the Ann Arbor Park Advisory Commission is once more seeking a seat on City Council.&nbsp;</p><p>Julie Grand has announced she will run for the third ward seat Council member Christopher Taylor is opting not to try to keep as he instead runs for mayor.&nbsp; Grand says she learned some lessons from her narrow defeat to Council member Stephen Kunselman in last year's democratic primary.&nbsp; She says however her philosophy remains the same.<br /><br />Grand says she is still running to try to make a direct impact on the quality of life in Ann Arbor.&nbsp; She says the city needs leaders who use data, best practices, and community engagement to make decisions on issues while also working on constituent services.</p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:17:23 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40273 at http://wemu.org Sally Hart Petersen Announces She's Running For Mayor of Ann Arbor http://wemu.org/post/sally-hart-petersen-announces-shes-running-mayor-ann-arbor <p>Another Ann Arbor City Council member has announced she’s running for mayor.&nbsp; Second Ward Council representative Sally Hart Petersen today announced she will seek outgoing Mayor John Hieftje’s position.<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span></p><p>Petersen says her combination of leadership experience, skills and interests in the private, public, and non-profit sectors make her uniquely qualified to lead Ann Arbor into its next era of growth and sustainability.&nbsp; She says in addition to promoting growth, Ann Arbor's next Mayor needs to be a champion of civic engagement which she has done on council through surveying residents on a variety of topics.</p><p>Petersen says her top priority will be increasing city services.&nbsp; She says this will be possible if the private business sector is stronger so more revenues will be available to dedicate to services.</p><p>Hieftje announced last year he wouldn’t seek re-election.&nbsp; So far City Council members Sabra Briere, Stephen Kunselman, and Christopher Taylor have all announced they are running for mayor.</p><p>Petersen says she's thought about running for mayor for a long time and Hieftje's decision has really opened the door.</p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:36:42 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40238 at http://wemu.org Sally Hart Petersen Announces She's Running For Mayor of Ann Arbor Sabra Briere announces intent to run for mayor of Ann Arbor http://wemu.org/post/sabra-briere-announces-intent-run-mayor-ann-arbor <p>First Ward Ann Arbor City Council representative Sabra Briere is running to be the next mayor of Ann Arbor.&nbsp;Briere announced she's running in a letter today.</p><div> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:14:56 +0000 Patrik Holubik & Andrew Cluley 40064 at http://wemu.org Sabra Briere announces intent to run for mayor of Ann Arbor Chair of County Commissioners Yousef Rabhi Not Running for Ann Arbor Mayor http://wemu.org/post/chair-county-commissioners-yousef-rabhi-not-running-ann-arbor-mayor <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/128705605&amp;color=000000&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The race to be Ann Arbor’s next mayor won’t include the chair of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners.&nbsp;</p><p>Yousef Rabhi today announced he won’t run for mayor this year.&nbsp; Rabhi says he expects it to be an interesting race, but likely won’t be endorsing any candidate.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:08:05 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40013 at http://wemu.org Chair of County Commissioners Yousef Rabhi Not Running for Ann Arbor Mayor Ann Arbor Officially Ends Agreement on Fuller Road Station with University of Michigan http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-officially-ends-agreement-fuller-road-station-university-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Work hasn't progressed on the proposed Fuller Road Station in over a year and the University of Michigan is instead building a parking structure between Maiden Lane and Wall Street.&nbsp;</span></p><p>City Council Monday night passed a resolution formally terminating the Memorandum of Understanding with U of M regarding the proposed project.&nbsp;</p><p>City Council member Stephen Kunselman says it's good to tie up the loose ends.<br /><br />U of M and the city first agreed to the Memorandum of Understanding in 2010.&nbsp; The proposal however had many critics that say parkland shouldn't be used for a transit center.</p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News.&nbsp;Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him&nbsp;<a href="mailto:aCluley@emich.edu">acluley@emich.edu</a>.</em></p><p></p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 08:44:06 +0000 Andrew Cluley 39891 at http://wemu.org