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Housing + Affordability Open House Feb 25th

The City will be hosting another community "open-house" to discuss redevelopment of vacant lots at 350 S. Fifth Ave. and 415 W. Washington Street.


Housing + Affordability: Community Discussion

Tuesday, Feb 25 2020 (6:00-8:00 PM)

Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority

150 S. 5th Ave Suite 301

Ann Arbor, MI 48104


For more information: https://www.community-engagement-annarbor.com/


I posted previously about the Housing + Affordability meetings held last December:

https://www.a2elnel.com/post/housing-affordability-public-discussions-dec-5th-9th


From the information provided for the December meetings:


What is affordable housing? Where should it be located? Why is it needed? How should it be developed? Because affordable housing is a complex topic, answers to these questions can vary depending on who is asked.

The city is beginning a public engagement process to assist in developing a shared understanding and language about affordable housing, and its relationship to jobs, development, growth and planning, by creating a framework for discussing or evaluating these issues. Specifically, issues will be discussed in the context of redevelopment of two key publicly owned sites in downtown Ann Arbor, as part of a larger context of housing and affordability in our city: vacant city-owned lots at 350 S. Fifth Ave. and 415 W. Washington St.


“These community discussions are intended to encourage candid and open conversations," said Derek Delacourt, City of Ann Arbor community services administrator. “Our goal is the co-creation of solutions and development concepts for these two properties in order to assist City Council in understanding community sentiment regarding reuse of these sites."

Those unable to attend a discussion can share feedback via the project webpage at:

https://www.community-engagement-annarbor.com/


Or email questions to Derek Delacourt at ddelacourt@a2gov.org​. Staff will be working to provide more feedback opportunities, including an online survey, in the near future.

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