City of Ann Arbor

WEMU News
4:51 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Research Park Drive Development Could Include Tennis Courts

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Things could soon look a lot different on Ann Arbor's Research Park Drive near State Street.

City Council has approved a zoning change that will allow the currently vacant land to be developed for mixed-use purposes.

Developers have already submitted a plan for the area that includes an 8-court indoor/outdoor tennis facility as well as two five-story buildings for research, office or limited industrial uses. City Planner Jeff Kahan says the developer's plan for the other lots in the area is less detailed, but will be used for office and research buildings.

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WEMU News
3:29 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Ann Arbor Hires Firm To Help Market Library Lot

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The city of Ann Arbor is getting some help in selling the Library Lot property above the Library Lane underground parking garage.

City Administrator Steve Powers says CBRE is a real estate firm with experience in this sort of transaction.

"CBRE will be helping develop with city staff the engagement plan, that engagement with stakeholders, that will be a key part of the process," says Powers.

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WEMU News
12:15 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Ann Arbor Eyeing Backlog Of Tree Maintenance

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Ann Arbor City Administrator Steve Powers is suggesting city council approve $1 million to attack a backlog of tree pruning and maintenance in his 2014-15 fiscal year budget.

Powers says high-priority tree pruning would be done with the funding, along with dead tree and stump removal.

Powers says the funding will help "to maintain Ann Arbor Tree City's urban forest, and to reduce risks to public safety."

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WEMU News
4:14 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Ann Arbor Council Member Surveying Community On Park Options

Ann Arbor City Council member Sabra Briere.
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The city of Ann Arbor is moving ahead with plans for a 12-thousand square foot park on the Library Lot, and one city council member wants to know what the community's envisions there.

Sabra Briere is conducting an online survey.  She says those who get her regular email updates will find the link in her message going out the first weekend in May.

"I'll also post the survey results, and the raw data, on my website," Briere says, "which is www.SabraBriere.org."

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WEMU News
4:46 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Three Candidates Seeking To Be Ypsilanti's Next Mayor

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The Ypsilanti Mayoral race has become a little more crowded.  

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Community
7:55 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

New Bike Share Program Coming To Ann Arbor

Trek bicycle that will be used in the ArborBike program
Clean Energy Coalition

Ann Arbor bike riders will have a new option for getting around the downtown and University of Michigan campus areas starting this summer. 

The Clean Energy Coalition plans to install 14 bike sharing stations this spring, with the operation up and running in June. 

Nick Helmholdt is ArborBike operations manager.

"We're working closely with the city of Ann Arbor and with our vendor, who is B-Cycle, to make sure everything comes into place to fit that timeline," said Helmholdt.

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Community
7:22 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Video Series from Ann Arbor Sesquicentennial Now Available Online

The Ann Arbor District Library is offering a rare glimpse into the city's past through a series of video tapes made during Ann Arbor's sesquicentennial celebration in 1974. 

Amy Cantu is Productions Librarian for the Ann Arbor District Library.  She says the video tapes were converted to a more modern format and are now available online to honor the city's 190th birthday.

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Ann Arbor
2:48 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Ann Arbor Plow Crews seek Help from Residents

The City of Ann Arbor is asking for some help from residents this weekend in clearing snow from residential streets.  

Folks who live on Iroquois between Stadium and Packard are asked to have their cars off the street Saturday from 6am to 2pm so plow crews can come through.  

Same thing for people who live on White between Stimson and Stadium, South Boulevard between Packard and Ferdon, Baldwin from Packard to Stadium, and Cherokee between Baldwin and Ferdon.

On Tuesday of next week, overnight plowing is planned on some other streets.

Residents on Norfolk and Suffolk Avenues are asked to have their cars off the street by 10pm Tuesday. Same for those living on Saxon street, and Dicken from Kent to the end of the street.

Local News
7:57 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Asbestos Abatement forces City Hall Offices to Move

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The Ann Arbor Treasury department and several other city services are temporarily moving as asbestos is removed from the fifth floor of Larcom City Hall. 

Lisa Wondrash is Communications Director for the City of Ann Arbor. She says the abatement will not affect government's ability to function, and signs will be posted in city hall to inform visitors about the office relocations.

Work will begin on the building's fourth and third floors once the fifth floor has been cleared.

Removing the asbestos will cost the city $729,000. The project will be completed by fall of this year.

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Environment
8:32 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Ann Arbor's Bike Sharing Program

Issues of the Environment is a feature produced weekly, and heard exclusively during Morning Edition on 89.1 WEMU.

In this week's installment WEMU's David Fair talks with  Heather Seyfarth, Program Supervisor for the Clean Energy Coalition. The Coalition has partnered with the City of Ann Arbor, The University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority to create a large-scale bike sharing program in Ann Arbor. Next spring, there will be 14- bike-sharing stations, and 125-bikes available to members of the public.

Issues of the Environment for 8/28/2013

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Environment
12:02 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Stormwater and Sewer Infrastructure in Ann Arbor

The Barton Dam on the Huron River
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In this week's installment of WEMU's Issues of the Environment,  we explore the June 27th incident in which 10-thousand gallons of untreated waste water were discharged into the Huron River. 

WEMU's David Fair talks with Earl Kenzie and Jennifer Lawson. Earl is Plant Manager for the Ann Arbor Waste Water Treatment Services Unit and Jennifer is  the city's Water Quality Manager.

Issues of the Environment Report: Stormwater and Sewer Infrastructure in Ann Arbor

Government
10:24 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Ann Arbor Mayor Addresses State of the City

The Mayor of Ann Arbor says the city has turned the corner on recession. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, John Hieftje yesterday gave an unofficial "State of the City" address at the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Regional Chamber Headline Lunch.

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