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According to the Ann Arbor News, a developer is proposing a second large upscale suburban-style shopping center across the street from Huron Village, which houses large Whole Foods and Barnes and Noble stores. The new center would purportedly be designed along quasi-New Urbanist principles:
Ann Arbor-based McKinley Inc., which has been leasing out Huron Village, has been retained to try to gauge interest in a new center. Securing a number of retailers before the center is built would reduce the risk involved with the project and make it easier to borrow money.
Meanwhile City Councilwoman and Planning Commission member Jean Carlberg would like to see a truer approximation of New Urbanist design principles on an essentially auto-dependent site, including mixed-uses:
“It certainly is unattractive as it is,” she said.
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