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.
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.
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.
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.
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.