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Council Compromises on Court Plan

Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor's city council has reached a compromise that will allow some planning work to continue for a new 15th district court facility, but not the full one-million dollars design contract approved earlier this month.
Council voted unanimously Monday night to allow Quinn-Evans Architects to study the programmatic needs for the court, but delay full design work until May at the earliest.
City council member Marcia Higgins says the study will allow the city to get a better handle on the specific costs of the project, without paying for the entire design.
The delay also allows council to complete work on the city's budget before paying for designs that the city might not be able to afford.