Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority http://wemu.org en Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority Looks To Make Streets And Sidewalks More Vibrant http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-downtown-development-authority-looks-make-streets-and-sidewalks-more-vibrant <div>Improving downtown Ann Arbor streetscapes is becoming a priority. The downtown streets have different primary functions, but the <strong><a href="http://www.a2dda.org/" target="_blank">Downtown Development Authority</a></strong> wants to make sure all are as vibrant as possible.&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:27:44 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47210 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority Looks To Make Streets And Sidewalks More Vibrant Electric Vehicle Charging Station Use Booming In Ann Arbor http://wemu.org/post/electric-vehicle-charging-station-use-booming-ann-arbor <p>The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority plans to install more electric vehicle charging stations, as use of the stations continues to grow.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>A report to the U.S Department of Energy, which provided a grant that covered the cost of installing 18 charging units at six locations around town, shows usage grew from about 2,700 kilowatt hours in the third quarter of 2012 to over 14,000 kilowatt hours in the fourth quarter of 2013.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 08:23:44 +0000 Bob Eccles 47066 at http://wemu.org Electric Vehicle Charging Station Use Booming In Ann Arbor Ann Arbor Parking Structure To Get Upgrades And Temporary Bus Station http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-parking-structure-get-upgrades-and-temporary-bus-station <div>One of Ann Arbor's oldest parking structures is getting a $5 million update. &nbsp;The Downtown Development Authority has approved an improvement plan for the building at Fourth and William. &nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 00:08:42 +0000 Andrew Cluley 45578 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Parking Structure To Get Upgrades And Temporary Bus Station 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 Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority Looking at Making Improvements to Parking Structure http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-downtown-development-authority-looking-making-improvements-parking-structure <p>Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority officials say users frequently complain about the slow elevator in the city's largest parking structure.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>SEE ALSO:&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://wemu.org/post/a2-bike-house-getting-good-usage-program-may-expand-other-parking-structures">A2 Bike House Getting Good Usage, Program May Expand to Other Parking Structures</a></span></p><p>The DDA has now hired Carl Walker for preliminary design, schedule, budget and phasing plan for replacing the southwest tower of the Fourth and William Parking Structure.&nbsp;</p><p>DDA Executive Director, Susan Pollay says the goal will be to have a more efficient and attractive elevator and stairs tower.&nbsp; She says the challenge will be to ensure two elevators and stairs remain open throughout the construction project.&nbsp;</p><p>Pollay says the tower improvements are expected to be only the first upgrades to the structure.&nbsp; Others may include incubator space on the ground floor, adding electric vehicle charging stations, and a new facade for the structure.</p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 00:23:16 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40034 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority Looking at Making Improvements to Parking Structure Ann Arbor will Charge Developers to Permanently Remove Parking Meters http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-will-charge-developers-permanently-remove-parking-meters <p>With over 100 on-street parking meters removed in Ann Arbor since 2006 and an additional 12 meters pending, city council has approved a new policy dealing with the issue.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Council Monday night approved the policy that would charge developers $45,000 per meter permanently removed plus the projected ten year value for the meter.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 08:49:31 +0000 Andrew Cluley 39892 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor will Charge Developers to Permanently Remove Parking Meters Parking Plans for Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium http://wemu.org/post/parking-plans-winter-classic-michigan-stadium <p></p><p> <meta content="Winter Classic, Big House, Umich, hockey, Red Wings" name="news_keywords" /> </p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Year's Day will be more than just recovering from the party the night before for much of Ann Arbor, as over 100,000 hockey fans are expected for the Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:31:05 +0000 Andrew Cluley 39665 at http://wemu.org Parking Plans for Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium A2 Bike House Getting Good Usage, Program May Expand to Other Parking Structures http://wemu.org/post/a2-bike-house-getting-good-usage-program-may-expand-other-parking-structures <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The success of Ann Arbor's bike house inside the Maynard Street Parking Structure has officials with the Downtown Development Authority and the Get Downtown Program considering putting another one in other parking structures.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The enclosed and covered bike house opened in May with space for 30 bikes in what had been two parking spaces.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.getdowntown.org/"><strong>GetDowntown Program Director,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nancy Shore&nbsp;</span></strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">says the feedback they've gotten from users of the bike house is that it's another valuable option to get to work.&nbsp; She adds that they've also heard that some people that occasionally used a bike to get to work are doing so more frequently now that they have a safe place to store their bike out of the elements.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Shore says the bike house gets the most use from nine-to-five, primarily from people who work in the State Street area.</p><p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 07:44:36 +0000 Andrew Cluley 39404 at http://wemu.org A2 Bike House Getting Good Usage, Program May Expand to Other Parking Structures Issues of the Environment: Downtown Development in Ann Arbor http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-downtown-development-ann-arbor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In this week's installment of&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Issues of the Environment,</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WEMU's</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;David Fair talks with Susan&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pollay</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;about development in downtown Ann Arbor and how it fits into a more sustainable future for the city. Susan&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pollay</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is Executive Director of the&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://a2dda.org" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority.</a>&nbsp;</strong></p><p></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/125436570&amp;color=5fff00&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:41:20 +0000 David Fair 39174 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Downtown Development in Ann Arbor A2 Council Again Delays Decision on Parking Meter Removal Policy http://wemu.org/post/a2-council-again-delays-decision-parking-meter-removal-policy <p>Ann Arbor City Council has once more postponed a decision on a policy to charge developers for the removal of on-street parking meters.&nbsp;&nbsp; Some fine tuning is expected before council votes on a policy to charge developers $45,000 if their project leads to the removal of on-street parking meters.<br />The proposed policy was developed by the Downtown Development Authority in response to a growing number of parking meters being removed.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 09:42:45 +0000 Andrew Cluley 39115 at http://wemu.org New Parking Garage Opens in Ann Arbor http://wemu.org/post/new-parking-garage-opens-ann-arbor <p>A new 250-space parking garage is now open on the corner of First and Washington streets in downtown Ann Arbor.&nbsp;</p><p>Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority Director Susan Pollay says the new garage provides the mix of public and private uses, with an apartment building under construction above it.<br /><br />A "soft opening" for the structure was held Friday, with a grand opening expected sometime in January to coincide with the apartments opening.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 20:14:00 +0000 Bob Eccles 38762 at http://wemu.org A2 DDA to Fund All Main Street Lightpole Replacements http://wemu.org/post/a2-dda-fund-all-main-street-lightpole-replacements <p>Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority has resolved a dispute with City Council on the replacement of lighpoles along Main Street by agreeing to fund the entire project.&nbsp; During the budget approval process in May City Council tweaked the DDA budget, leaving the city responsible for about $280,000 of the $580,000 cost to replace the poles that are rusting out at the base.&nbsp; In October however City Council failed to approve funding for their portion of the project.&nbsp;</p><p>DDA Board Chair Sandi Smith says this work is too important not to be completed.&nbsp; Smith says the additional funds will come from money leftover from a more than decade old State Street Improvements project, and next fiscal year's budget.&nbsp; She says based on how long the entire lightpole replacement project will take having the funds split between two budget years won't be a problem.</p><p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 00:38:26 +0000 Andrew Cluley 38633 at http://wemu.org A2 DDA to Fund All Main Street Lightpole Replacements DDA Waives Reimbursement for Y-Lot Expenses http://wemu.org/post/dda-waives-reimbursement-y-lot-expenses <p>Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority has asked the city to commit the funds the DDA spent on the former YMCA lot to affordable housing projects.&nbsp; The DDA board yesterday passed a resolution to waive the reimbursement of their costs on the Y-Lot property, and encourage City Council to commit as much as possible to affordable housing as well.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 07:54:40 +0000 Andrew Cluley 38585 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council Delays Vote on Removal of Parking Meters Policy http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-delays-vote-removal-parking-meters-policy <p>Ann Arbor City Council has delayed a vote on a proposed policy developed by the Downtown Development Authority to address the permanent removal of on-street parking meters.&nbsp; The two-week delay is so council can hold a public hearing on the issue.&nbsp;</p><p>The policy proposes a $45,000 fee per meter removed for reasons other than an overall benefit to the community.&nbsp;</p><p>DDA Executive Director Susan Pollay says the policy could help the DDA work with developers to get the best possible projects for all.&nbsp; Pollay says over the last few years about 150 parking meters have been removed for a variety of projects large and small.&nbsp; She says the policy includes an option for developers to appeal a fee to the city administrator to review if the meter removal is an overall benefit to the community.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 08:51:30 +0000 Andrew Cluley 38479 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council Delays Vote on Removal of Parking Meters Policy Consultants to Develop Framework Plan for Downtown Ann Arbor Streets http://wemu.org/post/consultants-develop-framework-plan-downtown-ann-arbor-streets <p>A pair of consulting firms are working with Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority to create a framework to be used to make more active streetscapes.&nbsp; The DDA approved a $150,000 contract for the downtown street framework plan.&nbsp;</p><p>DDA board Member John Mouat says the framework will be designed so streets that face different challenges and issues can be tailored to meet their particular needs.&nbsp; He says the DDA, the city, or private developers should all be able to use the framework.&nbsp; Mouat says some additional civil engineering work may be done for the city to look at infrastructure under the streets.</p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 07:24:11 +0000 Andrew Cluley 37538 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor DDA Commits to Streetlights but wavers on Funding Beat Cops http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-dda-commits-streetlights-wavers-funding-beat-cops <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority has formally responded to one the funding requests that comes from the City of Ann Arbor.&nbsp; As&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WEMU's</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Andrew&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cluley</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;reports, it also put off a decision on another request for money.</span></p><p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 11:12:51 +0000 Andrew Cluley 31707 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor DDA Commits to Streetlights but wavers on Funding Beat Cops Ann Arbor City Council and DDA Form a New Look Committee http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-and-dda-form-new-look-committee <p></p><p>Ann Arbor city Council and the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority will have reformed an old committee, with a new name and different method of operation. As&nbsp;WEMU's&nbsp;Andrew&nbsp;Cluley&nbsp;reports, the move last night comes as changes are considered to the ordinance that created the&nbsp;DDA.</p><div> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 11:31:14 +0000 Andrew Cluley 31609 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council To Consider Measures To Shorten Meetings http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-consider-measures-shorten-meetings <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Ann Arbor City Council meetings famously run long. Sometimes, meetings don't end until well after midnight. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, council tonight will consider some measures that may help shorten up the sessions.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 10:45:34 +0000 Andrew Cluley 31555 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council To Consider Measures To Shorten Meetings Ann Arbor City Council Asks DDA to Fund Three Downtown Beat Cops http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-asks-dda-fund-three-downtown-beat-cops <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>If Ann Arbor City Council gets its way, there will soon be three, new beat officers patrolling the downtown area. As&nbsp;WEMU's&nbsp;Andrew&nbsp;Cluley&nbsp;reports, the council Monday night passed a resolution asking the Downtown Development Authority to provide the necessary funding for those positions.</p><div>&nbsp;</div><p></p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 14:28:54 +0000 Andrew Cluley 30324 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council Asks DDA to Fund Three Downtown Beat Cops Affordable Housing Wins in 2014 City of Ann Arbor Budget http://wemu.org/post/affordable-housing-wins-2014-city-ann-arbor-budget <p>Ann Arbor City Council will dip into fund balance a bit further next fiscal year to give a boost to affordable housing and human services. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, &nbsp;early this morning the City Council,&nbsp; passed an 83.1 million dollar general fund budget for the 2014 fiscal year.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 21 May 2013 13:00:25 +0000 Andrew Cluley 29685 at http://wemu.org Affordable Housing Wins in 2014 City of Ann Arbor Budget DDA Opposes Changes Proposed by City Council http://wemu.org/post/dda-opposes-changes-proposed-city-council <p>Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority board members are speaking against a proposed city council ordinance amendment that would change the authority in several ways.&nbsp; Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.</p><p></p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 13:38:17 +0000 Andrew Cluley 26452 at http://wemu.org DDA Opposes Changes Proposed by City Council