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Old Posted May 14, 2009, 3:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Hayward View Post
Looks like some higher density development is coming to North Main

I've always wanted this area to beef up a bit, yet maintain alot of the historical housing. Well, here's the best of both worlds because this will fill an empty lot and knock out two of the dumpiest houses.

I really hope this goes through.
Not looking too good right now... Residents up there are upset that they're being called "NIMBY"s. They're calling themselves "YIMBY"s (if that makes any sense at all??). Could be a long fight on this one.

Ann Arbor City Planning Commission delays vote on Near North
by Stefanie Murray | The Ann Arbor News
Tuesday May 05, 2009, 10:07 PM
The Ann Arbor City Planning Commission delayed a vote tonight on the controversial plan to demolish rental houses along North Main Street to build a four-story apartment building.

The delay should give developers of Near North time to address some of the Planning Commission's concerns. The project will likely come back for a vote in June.

The two biggest issues planning commissioners raised are related to the rear setback of the building and the possibility of demolishing three nearby homes in the floodway for use as greenspace. Previously, the developers planned to renovate those homes.

Most commissioners said they appreciated that Near North is meant to provide affordable housing.

Near North is a planned four-story apartment building with 38 affordable housing apartments and some retail space. It's proposed on land between 626-724 N. Main St. just north of downtown Ann Arbor.

The local developers are Three Oaks Group, a real estate investment company, and Avalon Housing, an affordable housing nonprofit.

Neighbors oppose the project because of its size and scope in relation to nearby homes. Nearly 600 people signed a petition protesting the project, and more than a dozen came to tonight's meeting - many wearing stickers that said "No NeNo."

The property is currently zoned for office use. The developers are asking for a special planned unit development district zoning.
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