Improving downtown Ann Arbor streetscapes is becoming a priority. The downtown streets have different primary functions, but the Downtown Development Authority wants to make sure all are as vibrant as possible.
The DDA has now hired Carl Walker for preliminary design, schedule, budget and phasing plan for replacing the southwest tower of the Fourth and William Parking Structure.
DDA Executive Director, Susan Pollay says the goal will be to have a more efficient and attractive elevator and stairs tower. She says the challenge will be to ensure two elevators and stairs remain open throughout the construction project.
Pollay says the tower improvements are expected to be only the first upgrades to the structure. Others may include incubator space on the ground floor, adding electric vehicle charging stations, and a new facade for the structure.
WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ann Arbor's new policy to charge developers if their project results in parking meters being permanently removed.
With over 100 on-street parking meters removed in Ann Arbor since 2006 and an additional 12 meters pending, city council has approved a new policy dealing with the issue. Council Monday night approved the policy that would charge developers $45,000 per meter permanently removed plus the projected ten year value for the meter.
In this week's installment of Issues of the Environment, WEMU's David Fair talks with Susan Pollay about development in downtown Ann Arbor and how it fits into a more sustainable future for the city. Susan Pollay is Executive Director of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority.
Ann Arbor City Council has delayed a vote on a proposed policy developed by the Downtown Development Authority to address the permanent removal of on-street parking meters. The two-week delay is so council can hold a public hearing on the issue.
The policy proposes a $45,000 fee per meter removed for reasons other than an overall benefit to the community.
DDA Executive Director Susan Pollay says the policy could help the DDA work with developers to get the best possible projects for all. Pollay says over the last few years about 150 parking meters have been removed for a variety of projects large and small. She says the policy includes an option for developers to appeal a fee to the city administrator to review if the meter removal is an overall benefit to the community.
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.
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.