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University Of Michigan Cancels Transit Center Project

May 25, 2016

Credit Kate Delaney / Northeast Ann Arbor Community Coalition

The University of Michigan has canceled plans to build a new transit center at the corner of Hubbard and Green Roads in Ann Arbor. 

 


The Northeast Ann Arbor Community Coalition told the university they did not want the transit center in their neighborhood because of noise and health concerns.  Members say it would have been too close to homes.  It took a lot of convincing, but the coalition's co-president Kate Delaney says it was worth it. 

Delaney added that the coalition feels a huge sense of relief and are grateful that University of Michigan  president Mark Schlissel and the Board of Regents took their concerns into consideration.  In a statement, the university says it should have sought input from the community earlier in the development process and plans to do so with other projects in the future.

As of now, the university does not plan to relocate the $38.5 million project to another location and may improve their current Kipke Center instead.

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— Jorge Avellan is the Ann Arbor beat reporter for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu