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What Should Be Done With Former Juvenile Center Property In Washtenaw County?

Aug 25, 2014

If you have some time this week, Washtenaw County would like your input on what to do with the former juvenile center property at Platt Road and Huron Parkway.

Credit eWashtenaw.org


Suggestions have ranged from affordable housing to public gardening space to business incubation, but the county Board of Commissioners wants the public to be part of the design process. 

A three-day community design charrette begins Tuesday. 

Paul Montagno with the county's Office of Community and Economic Development says a Citizens Advisory Committee has developed some guiding principles for developing the site, and will make another recommendation after the charrette.

"The Board of County Commissioners will make the ultimate decision about the disposition of the site," Montagno says.  "So at the end of the day this will develop design recommendations based on those guidelines and would be advanced to the board to make that final decision."

The charrette kicks off Tuesday at the United Way offices on Platt Road with a public visioning session from 4-7 p.m., with exploration of design alternatives during a couple of separate sessions on Wednesday.

A wrap-up presentation is planned for Thursday evening.