Ann Arbor Area Community News
“We just want this project to die and go away.”
A plan that was said to be an early test of the city’s ability to attract more residents to downtown Ann Arbor stalled Tuesday night after the Ann Arbor Planning Commission agreed with concerns of neighbors and business owners who said it was just too big.
At the meeting, NIMBY and other opposition to the project was strong:
About 50 people attended the meeting. All but one of the seven speakers during the public hearing opposed the plan. Residents and business owners attacked the project as out of character and too big, and they said it would overwhelm the neighborhood and squash the small-town charm of Kerrytown.
In the wake of voters’ approval of the “greenbelt” millage last year, there has been a general agreement among most city leaders and residents that to protect open space outside of Ann Arbor, more housing must be created within the already-urbanized area. As yesterday’s Planning Commission meeting shows, pro-density advocates will continue to face stiff neighborhood opposition to any sizable changes in the cityscape.
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