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Community
2:02 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Ann Arbor DDA Board Members Visit Grand Rapids to See Downtown Ambassadors

Ann Arbor City Council asked the Downtown Development Authority earlier this year to consider paying for three downtown beat cops. 

A trip by several DDA board members to Grand Rapids, however, increased the interest by some on the DDA to instead hire downtown ambassadors. 

DDA Board member Keith Orr says ambassadors may better fit the needs of the downtown area.  He says an ambassador in uniform can increase the perception of safety and be in direct contact with police if law enforcement is needed.  He says law enforcement in communities that have hired ambassadors may have shown initial resistance but have come to see them as additional eyes and ears in the community.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority board members studying Grand Rapids downtown ambassadors as an alternative to adding beat cops.

City Council
1:52 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Ann Arbor Council Limits Downtown Development Authority Financing by 2016

Starting in 2016 Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority will have new limitations on the tax increment financing revenue they can capture. After nearly a year of discussions Ann Arbor City Council has given final approval to an ordinance amendment that limits the tax increment financing revenue the Downtown Development Authority can collect.  Last night, City Council voted 9 -  2 in favor of the change. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:
 

Andrew Cluley reports a a measure to chance the way the DDA is financed

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Transit
7:56 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Public Comments Wanted on 6 Possible Ann Arbor Connector Routes

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WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the possible routes for the Ann Arbor Transit Connector.

Ann Arbor area residents have a chance to review and comment on six possible routes for a high capacity public transit connector service.  The routes linking the Plymouth Road U-S 23 area to the University of Michigan, downtown Ann Arbor, and Briarwood Mall were shared at recent public workshops. 

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Transit
5:54 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Get Downtown Launches 'Conquer the Cold' Commuter Challenge

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Just because the weather's turning cold doesn't mean it's time to give up on your alternative method of commuting. 

The Get Downtown Program is encouraging people to register to participate in this year's "Conquer the Cold" winter commuting challenge. 

Get Downtown Program director Nancy Shore says "Conquer the Cold" aims to keep alternative commutes going.

Downtown Ann Arbor employees can sign up for winter bike commuting classes and register for the commuting challenge, which offers a $500 Bivouac gift card as its top prize. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports on the Getdowntown program's Conquer the Cold Commuter Challenge

Community
4:08 am
Fri November 8, 2013

New Ordinance to Limit Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority TIF Capture Passes First Reading

Starting in 2016 Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority will likely have their ability to capture tax increment financing capped at a growth rate of 3.5% . 

City Council last night voted nine to two in favor of the first reading of a new ordinance amendment limiting the DDA's TIF capture. 

Chair of the DDA board Sandi Smith says this is a better plan than council originally considered but she thinks it will still hurt the city in the long run.
  
City Council member Stephen Kunselman says the amendment will allow the DDA to continue to do great work downtown, but force the authority to be more responsive to the city and other taxing authorities. 

The amendment also caps DDA board members to three consecutive terms and requires annual contributions to the DDA's housing fund.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a revised effort to limit tax increment financing captures by the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority.

Government
10:12 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Issues With Ann Arbor Streetlights Remain Unresolved

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The future of streetlights in downtown Ann Arbor is up in the air after City Council this week voted down a proposal to replace half of them.  

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the streetlights issue is part of ongoing funding issues between city council and the Downtown Development Authority. 

Ongoing dispute between Ann Arbor City Council and the Downtown Development Authority is now impacting the ability to replace old streetlights in need of replacement.

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Taxes
12:36 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Still No Agreement Between Ann Arbor and Downtown Development Authority

Ann Arbor City Council has, once again, delayed an ordinance amendment that would limit the tax increment financing revenue the Downtown Development Authority may collect.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley Reports, the  council also took another vote on a controversial appointment to the DDA board.

Andrew Cluley Reports

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Business
3:16 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Ann Arbor Council Postpones DDA Appointment Of McWilliams

Ann Arbor City Council will likely vote again on a controversial appointment to the Downtown Development Authority board at their next meeting.  City Council took several actions connected to the appointment of Al McWilliams last night.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:

Andrew Cluley Reports

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Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Fri October 4, 2013

The Arts Alliance Brings 'PowerArt' Project To Ann Arbor

Example of a vinyl-wrapped traffic box in Boise with artwork by David Spear.

Downtown Ann Arbor is expected to get some more artwork, this time on the outside of the grey metal traffic signal boxes that are often covered in graffiti.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:

Andrew Cluley reports

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Community
4:57 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Ann Arbor Creates Task Force for Huron River Corridor on N. Main

Ann Arbor City Council has unanimously approved a task force report with recommendations on what to do with the city's North Main Huron River Corridor.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more.
 

Andrew Cluley Reports

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Business
4:26 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Ann Arbor Council Postpones DDA Financing Action

Ann Arbor City Council has now postponed action until their second meeting in October on proposed ordinance amendments to limit the amount of tax increment financing the Downtown Development Authority can collect.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more.

  

Andrew Cluley Reports

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Government
7:25 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Ann Arbor Parking Rates Will Not Go Up this Year

Some good news for those who regularly park in downtown Ann Arbor. Parking rates are going to hold steady, for the time being. WEMU's Andrew Cluley attended last night's Ann Arbor City Council working session. At that meeting, the Downtown Development Authority  gave its annual update on the city's parking system. 

Parking revenues in Ann Arbor are up, and parking rates will remain the same.

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Transportation
6:45 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Ann Arbor DDA Enacts Pilot Program for Parking Permits at Forest Avenue Structure

The manner in which monthly permits are granted for Ann Arbor Parking structures may soon change. The As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority is using the Forest Avenue Parking structure for a new, pilot program.

In the future, monthly parking permits in Ann Arbor may be granted based on the size of the building in town where a motorist lives or works.

Politics
7:12 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Ann Arbor DDA Commits to Streetlights but wavers on Funding Beat Cops

A2 DDA approves expenditure for streetlight replacement project along main street, but expresses concerns over the city's request to fund three beat patrol police officers.

  The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority has formally responded to one the funding requests that comes from the City of Ann Arbor.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, it also put off a decision on another request for money.

Local News
2:16 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Street Performances Encouraged In Ann Arbor

Downtown Ann Arbor sidewalks may become low-key concert venues more frequently.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more on a proposal to encourage street musicians.

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Economic Development
6:18 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Ann Arbor DDA Passes New Budget, Funds Affordable Housing & Street Lights

The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority has passed it's budget for fiscal year 2013-2014. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, several of the appointed DDA board members expressed concerns about budget amendments included at the request of Ann Arbor City Council.

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Arts
9:00 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Neutral Zone Artists Win Grant for Murals Project in Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authory has awarded a five-thousand dollar grant that will provide stipends for young, local artists to  create murals on the western edge of the city. WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports.

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Economy
9:08 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Ann Arbor Aims to Streamline Economic Development Efforts

Ann Arbor officials are looking to improve economic development efforts in the city. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, City Council is creating a new task force to better coordinate development strategies.

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A2 City Council
10:24 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Ann Arbor DDA Ordinances Postponed

A decision on ordinances effecting the way the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority operates has been postponed until September. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Ann Arbor City Council last night voted unanimously to delay consideration of the issues.

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Ann Arbor City Council
10:17 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Long Meeting Forces Council to Delay Action on DDA

After a pair of lengthy public hearings, Ann Arbor's city council postponed votes on a majority of action items at Monday night's meeting.  Council made the unusual move  after it was unable to get a six vote majority on several votes relating to ordinance amendments impacting the Downtown Development Authority.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Downtown Development
8:32 am
Thu April 4, 2013

DDA Calls Revenue Reduction Plan 'Confusing'

A lack of clarity is one of many concerns Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority board members have over a proposed ordinance amendment that would limit the amount of tax revenue the DDA can collect.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor City Council
9:24 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Ann Arbor Council Moves to Cut DDA Revenue

Ann Arbor's city council has approved the first reading of proposed ordinance amendments that will impact the Downtown Development Authority.  Council voted 7 to 3 Monday night to send the amendments to a second reading.  Hear more from 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor City Council
9:07 am
Tue March 26, 2013

City Wants to Limit DDA Tax Revenue

Ann Arbor's city council is considering ordinance amendments that would impact the Downtown Development Authority's ability to collect tax increment financing revenue.  With that in mind, DDA officials discussed the agency's budget at a council work session Monday night.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor City Council
8:31 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Council Delays Action on DDA Tax Limits

Ann Arbor's city council has again delayed a decision on limiting the amount of tax increment financing the Downtown Development Authority can collect.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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Ann Arbor Development
8:38 am
Thu March 7, 2013

DDA Opposes Changes Proposed by City Council

Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority board members are speaking against a proposed city council ordinance amendment that would change the authority in several ways.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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