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Planning and Design on Hold; Progress on Roundabout

Ann Arbor, MI – Initial planning and design for the renovation and expansion of Ann Arbor's city hall is on hold for at least another two weeks.
City council voted Monday night to postpone voting on a one-million dollar design budget with Quinn Evans Architects.
Council member Ron Suarez says the delay will allow council to get more budget information and possibly settle residents' concerns about the project.
City Manager Roger Fraser some of the financial questions will actually be answered through the design phase, which will better establish costs.

In other action Monday night, city council took another step forward toward the city's first roundabout outside of low-traffic residential areas.
Council approved a quarter-million dollar design budget with Orchard, Hiltz, and McCliment for a roundabout at the Huron Parkway and Nixon Road intersection.
City officials say roundabouts reduce traffic accidents by 75 percent.
Officials say they'll seek more public input and work with two nearby shopping centers as the project moves forward.