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Ann Arbor City Council Expected To Address Future Use Of 'Y Lot' At Next Meeting

Apr 23, 2018

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After postponing a vote on whether or not to repurchase the former downtown YMCA property, known as the "Y Lot," Ann Arbor's city council will discuss the issue again tonight.  


Building affordable housing on the property is one of the ideas council is considering for the lot.  That's music to Dan Kelly's ears.  He's the Executive Director of the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County.

"When I'm trying to help somebody from homelessness and into housing--get them out of the shelter and into somewhere permanent--which is our number one goal, we have to have affordable housing in our community to move them into."

In 2014, the city sold the property to a developer who agreed to sell it back to them if he didn't construct a mixed-use building within four years.  

Since nothing has been built, the city wants the developer to acknowledge the agreement and sell it to them for $4.2 million.

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