affordable housing http://wemu.org en Ann Arbor Y Lot Sale Closes http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-y-lot-sale-closes <p>While most attention was being paid to President Barack Obama visiting Ann Arbor Wednesday, an important sale was completed.&nbsp; Dennis Dahlmann the owner of the Campus Inn and the Bell Tower Hotel completed the purchase of the former Y-M-C-A lot on South Fifth Avenue.&nbsp;</p><p>City Administrator Steve Powers thinks the sale is a positive in two ways.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:46:21 +0000 Andrew Cluley 43830 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Y Lot Sale Closes Residents Continue to Raise Concerns over Water Street Flats Proposal http://wemu.org/post/residents-continue-raise-concerns-over-water-street-flats-proposal <p>If Ypsilanti city staff had hoped to convince Sandy Ellinger that the proposed Water Street Flats affordable housing proposal is a good idea, they were not successful.</p><p>Ellinger wasn't for or against the proposal when she came to Tuesday night's City Council workshop on the project, but at the end of the meeting she said if it were up to a vote of the people, she'd vote "no".</p><p>Ellinger said she had concerns that the city was going to be "left holding the bag" if the proposal doesn't work out, and she said the appearance of the building was also worrisome.&nbsp;</p><p>The city plans to sell a 3.14 acre parcel of land on the southern edge of the Water Street Redevelopment Area to a developer who would build a four-story, 90-unit apartment building there.&nbsp;</p><p>Everyone who spoke on the subject during the public comment period last night had concerns, which you can listen to below.&nbsp;</p><p>City Council is expected to consider a purchase agreement for the project at its March 4th meeting.</p><ul><li><a href="http://cityofypsilanti.com/Portals/0/docs/Mayor%20and%20City%20Council/Records/2014/Packets/water%20street%20flats%20work%20session%20presentation.pdf">View the city's Water Street Flats presentation here</a>.</li></ul><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 05:10:12 +0000 Bob Eccles 42069 at http://wemu.org Residents Continue to Raise Concerns over Water Street Flats Proposal Ypsilanti To Hold Workshop on Affordable Housing Tonight http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-hold-workshop-affordable-housing-tonight <p>Ypsilanti residents tonight will have an opportunity to learn more about a proposed housing complex&nbsp; in the Water Street re-development area tonight.&nbsp; City Planner Teresa Gillotti says the developer is expanding the Water Street Flats project from its initial plan offering. Originally, the 12-million dollar development was to have 76-units of affordable housing. That figure is now 90-units.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:53:24 +0000 Taylor Pinson 42025 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti To Hold Workshop on Affordable Housing Tonight Platt Road Site to be Springboard for Larger Affordable Housing Talks http://wemu.org/post/platt-road-site-be-springboard-larger-affordable-housing-talks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washtenaw County will be engaging neighbors of the old Juvenile Center on Platt Road in Ann Arbor and other community members to determine how to redevelop the site.&nbsp; The County Commissioners have given final approval to a community driven process for planning for the 13.5 acre property.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 07:41:42 +0000 Andrew Cluley 41786 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Habitat For Humanity Stewards Energy Savings http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-habitat-humanity-stewards-energy-savings <p>This week the discussion centers around dispelling the myths of affordable housing. New affordable housing is often equated with being "cheaply built." &nbsp;We didn't have a definitive answer on the subject, so we went looking. We found that quite opposite is true. &nbsp;</p><p>Our guest this week builds affordable homes in the Metro Detroit Region; quality and efficiency is what makes them affordable.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rob Nissly, Housing Director for Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">will discuss the connection between reigning in energy costs and homeownership for lower income residents of </span>Washtenaw<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/130817192&amp;color=000000&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></span></p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:22:39 +0000 David Fair 40498 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Habitat For Humanity Stewards Energy Savings YMCA Sale Proceeds Will Go to Affordable Housing http://wemu.org/post/ymca-sale-proceeds-will-go-affordable-housing <p>Ann Arbor's city council has committed net proceeds from a possible sale of the former YMCA site to the affordable housing trust fund.&nbsp; Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 16:58:51 +0000 Andrew Cluley 20792 at http://wemu.org Baker Commons to get Energy Upgrades http://wemu.org/post/baker-commons-get-energy-upgrades <p>An affordable housing development in downtown Ann Arbor is getting a new roof and other upgrades thanks to funds from the Downtown Development Authority.&nbsp; Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 13:41:08 +0000 Andrew Cluley 20329 at http://wemu.org Council Postpones Affordable Housing Funding Plan http://wemu.org/post/council-postpones-affordable-housing-funding-plan <p>Ann Arbor's city council has postponed a decision on a policy to commit the bulk of funds raised from the sale of public lands for affordable housing.&nbsp; WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:40:28 +0000 Andrew Cluley 19611 at http://wemu.org DDA Backs New Affordable Housing Proposal http://wemu.org/post/dda-backs-new-affordable-housing-proposal <p>Ann Arbor's city council will consider a proposal to have a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of city-owned surface lots to be committted to affordable housing efforts.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 13:43:19 +0000 Andrew Cluley 19096 at http://wemu.org