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Public Hearing for The George Conversion of Retail Space (Aug 3 2022)

Residents in the vicinity of The George (2502 Packard) should be aware of a public hearing before the Planning Commission on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at 7:00 PM. Owners of The George are requesting approval to convert vacant retail space on the first floor to 42 one-bedroom housing units. I was made aware of this request in April and shared information about it here:

https://www.a2elnel.com/post/the-george-conversion-of-retail-space-resident-participation-april-2022


The appointed members of the City Planning Commission will make the final decision about approval of this conversion. This decision will not come before City Council.


Notice of this public hearing should have been shared with residents within 300 feet of the project. I believe that many neighborhood residents outside of this notification area would also like to participate.

For anyone new to the community: before The George was built, this parcel previously sustained significant retail including a grocery store. Prior to its redevelopment as the George, many residents in the neighborhood enjoyed access to walkable retail outlets on that site — the original redevelopment plan acknowledged this neighborhood concern and the first floor of The George was designated for commercial retail use. As of this writing (July 29th 2:30pm), Legistar does not include any information about this agenda item. Staff tell me that information (including Planning staff recommendations) will be posted later today. This is a link to the Planning Commission meeting in Legistar:

https://a2gov.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=954617&GUID=30D1D7C6-6467-4F73-ADDB-4F97FEA39411


Update: Agenda items for this meeting were loaded to Legistar on Friday evening. Here is the direct link to the resolution/public hearing about The George:

https://a2gov.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5744566&GUID=4E8A39BA-B581-46A4-85EA-4D7218491A9B


This is the direct link to the staff report, with Planning staff recommending approval:

https://a2gov.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=11099937&GUID=9CFBB7F3-187E-4F29-B981-2E3CAD91B0FD



If you are interested in participating in the public hearing on this issue, see the information below about how to participate in (or share opinions ahead of) the Wednesday meeting. Note that this meeting will be held in person at City Hall, although public comment is available via Zoom and phone.



For more information about this development petition, you can search the City's eTrackit project website (eTrackit does not allow direct links to projects):

Below is a link to a series of Planning staff reports and responses for this proposed conversion dated June 10, 2022 (titled "06-10-22_NFE Response to all Staff Comments") https://etrakit.a2gov.org/etrakit/viewAttachment.aspx?Group=PROJECT&ActivityNo=SP22-008&key=ECON%3a220610025002601


Below is a link to the "Letter from Petitioner" dated March 11, 2022

https://etrakit.a2gov.org/etrakit/viewAttachment.aspx?Group=PROJECT&ActivityNo=SP22-008&key=ECON%3a220311012344863



Below is the City email sent July 28, 2022 about the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for August 3, 2022.

 

Thank you for subscribing to Planning Updates for the City of Ann Arbor. This message brings information and the agenda for an upcoming Planning Commission meeting.


Meeting: REGULAR MEETING (of the Planning Commission)

Date and Time: Wednesday, August 3, 2022, 7:00pm

Agenda Items:

  • Public Hearing and Approval: University Inn Site Plan, 2424 & 2452 East Stadium Boulevard and 1950 Manchester Road - for 4-story building with 185 dwellings and parking garage

  • Public Hearing and Approval: 2502 Packard Street Site Plan, The George - converting existing space into 42 dwellings

  • Public Hearing and Approval: 1301 Morningside Drive Special Exception Use - child care center

Location: Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 301 East Huron Street, Ann Arbor, MI

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About the Planning Commission and its Meetings:

The City Planning Commission is a group of nine volunteers appointed by the Mayor and City Council to make determinations and advise on matters relating to the development of the city, including making recommendations on rezonings and ordinance amendments, as well as making recommendations or approving development proposals depending on the type and scope of the proposal. The Planning Commission meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month to hold public hearings and carry out this work.

These meetings are typically broadcast live on Ann Arbor Community Television Network Comcast 16 / AT&T 99 and replayed the following Saturday at 8:00 PM. Recent meetings can also be streamed online from the CTN Video On Demand page of the City's website https://a2gov.org/watchctn. The complete record of a meeting is available in video format at https://a2gov.org/watchctn, or is available for a nominal fee by contacting CTN at (734) 794-6150.

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Below is the text of the mailer sent in April 2022, as well as scans of the original postcard.

 

Resident Participation Opportunity!

A development petition for a project at:

2502 Packard St

Ann Arbor, Ml 48104

has been submitted to the City of Ann Arbor for review.


Conversion of vacant retail space into 42 one bedroom residential units. This project requires a public hearing at the Planning Commission.


Your questions and comments are welcome and will be included in the final application submitted to the City of Ann Arbor. Please direct questions and comments to:

The George

ATTN: Ken Gold

2502 Packard Street

Ann Arbor, Ml

48104


In accordance with the City of Ann Arbor's Citizen Participation Ordinance, the Developer for the above project is notifying residents and property owners within 500 feet of the above address. If this project is placed on an agenda for the City Planning Commission, the City of Ann Arbor will notice residents and property owners within 300 ft. of the above address. If you would like to be notified if this project is placed on a City Planning Commission agenda, please contact City of Ann Arbor Planning Services at 732-794-6265 or planning@a2gov.org.