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Lowertown Historic District Rejected

Ann Arbor, MI – A long debated historic district in Ann Arbor has been rejected by city council.
Council voted six to five Tuesday night against the Lowertown historic district.
Resident Chris Fraleigh lives in the proposed district. He says he's pleased that property owners who opposed the district won't be forced to follow stricter historic district guidelines.
Council member Jean Carlberg says the city risks losing a unique part of town that is not duplicated anywhere else, but she says it's unlikely residents will go through the process required to introduce another historic district proposal which would have an uncertain fate.