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Ann Arbor City Council Considering 32 New Units For Platt Road Development

Dec 15, 2014

Residents will no longer need to face flooding and frequent repairs.

Low-Income Ann Arbor residents will gain new affordable housing options under a plan City Council considers in a meeting tonight, Monday, December 15, 2014.

Flooding and frequent repairs are common for residents of an Ann Arbor Housing Commission development, located on Platt Road, on Ann Arbor's south-east side. Under the new plan, these buildings would be torn down and replaced with 32 new unites of energy-efficient housing. Executive Director Jennifer Hall says a mix of apartment sizes will help families put down roots. According to Hall, families "can move into another apartment at the same site, but [one] that meets their family's needs, instead of having to move across town and maybe change schools with their [children]."

The upgraded housing is part of the city's shift to project-based vouchers, which receive more federal funding. Demolition of the existing housing won't begin until 2016, since it will take most of next year to finalize funding.

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