affordable housing

12:43 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Washtenaw County Gauging Affordable Housing Need


Washtenaw County wants to get a better idea of how great the need is locally for affordable housing, and has launched an online needs assessment to help make that determination.

Paul Montagno is the Sustainable Communities Coordinator for Washtenaw County's Office of Community and Economic Development.

He says this survey will be very helpful in providing policy direction.

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12:46 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Ann Arbor Y Lot Sale Closes

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

While most attention was being paid to President Barack Obama visiting Ann Arbor Wednesday, an important sale was completed.  Dennis Dahlmann the owner of the Campus Inn and the Bell Tower Hotel completed the purchase of the former Y-M-C-A lot on South Fifth Avenue. 

City Administrator Steve Powers thinks the sale is a positive in two ways.

Ann Arbor City Administrator Steve Powers discusses a couple of benefits of the sale of the former Y-M-C-A lot.

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12:10 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Residents Continue to Raise Concerns over Water Street Flats Proposal

Ypsilanti City Manager Ralph Lange (l) and Mayor Paul Schreiber view a presentation on the Water Street Flats proposal.
Credit Bob Eccles / 89.1 WEMU

If Ypsilanti city staff had hoped to convince Sandy Ellinger that the proposed Water Street Flats affordable housing proposal is a good idea, they were not successful.

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

Ellinger wasn't for or against the proposal when she came to Tuesday night's City Council workshop on the project, but at the end of the meeting she said if it were up to a vote of the people, she'd vote "no".

Ellinger said she had concerns that the city was going to be "left holding the bag" if the proposal doesn't work out, and she said the appearance of the building was also worrisome. 

The city plans to sell a 3.14 acre parcel of land on the southern edge of the Water Street Redevelopment Area to a developer who would build a four-story, 90-unit apartment building there. 

Everyone who spoke on the subject during the public comment period last night had concerns, which you can listen to below. 

City Council is expected to consider a purchase agreement for the project at its March 4th meeting.

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5:53 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Ypsilanti To Hold Workshop on Affordable Housing Tonight

Proposed "Water Street Flats" affordable housing project
Credit Herman and Kittle Properties

Ypsilanti residents tonight will have an opportunity to learn more about a proposed housing complex  in the Water Street re-development area tonight.  City Planner Teresa Gillotti says the developer is expanding the Water Street Flats project from its initial plan offering. Originally, the 12-million dollar development was to have 76-units of affordable housing. That figure is now 90-units. 

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2:41 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Platt Road Site to be Springboard for Larger Affordable Housing Talks

Washtenaw County will be engaging neighbors of the old Juvenile Center on Platt Road in Ann Arbor and other community members to determine how to redevelop the site.  The County Commissioners have given final approval to a community driven process for planning for the 13.5 acre property. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on planning for redevelopment of Washtenaw County's old Juvenile Center site on Platt Road in Ann Arbor, and a larger discussion on affordable housing issues in general.

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11:22 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Issues of the Environment: Habitat For Humanity Stewards Energy Savings

Habitat for Humanity volunteers hard at work on a Habitat house on Hull in Ypsilanti.
Credit Courtesy / Facebook / Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley

This week the discussion centers around dispelling the myths of affordable housing. New affordable housing is often equated with being "cheaply built."  We didn't have a definitive answer on the subject, so we went looking. We found that quite opposite is true.  

Our guest this week builds affordable homes in the Metro Detroit Region; quality and efficiency is what makes them affordable. 

Rob Nissly, Housing Director for Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley will discuss the connection between reigning in energy costs and homeownership for lower income residents of Washtenaw County.

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Ann Arbor City Council
12:58 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

YMCA Sale Proceeds Will Go to Affordable Housing

Ann Arbor's city council has committed net proceeds from a possible sale of the former YMCA site to the affordable housing trust fund.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

9:41 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Baker Commons to get Energy Upgrades

An affordable housing development in downtown Ann Arbor is getting a new roof and other upgrades thanks to funds from the Downtown Development Authority.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

11:40 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Council Postpones Affordable Housing Funding Plan

Ann Arbor's city council has postponed a decision on a policy to commit the bulk of funds raised from the sale of public lands for affordable housing.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more.

9:43 am
Thu September 6, 2012

DDA Backs New Affordable Housing Proposal

Ann Arbor's city council will consider a proposal to have a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of city-owned surface lots to be committted to affordable housing efforts.