Ann Arbor Area Community News
Fairy Godparents, an Ypsi Township nonprofit dedicated to collecting basic household items and distributing them to needy recipients, is being threatened by the Township’s zoning ordinance. The organization relies on public sales for operating funds, and the zoning code forbids retail activity both in their building and on the grounds.
From the Ann Arbor News:
The current zoning allows for warehouses and light industrial but not retail activities. The organization is located in a corridor occupied by a small shopping plaza, storage facilities and warehouses.
Fairy Godparents distributes goods to people with referrals from non-profit agencies in Washtenaw, Livingston, and Wayne Counties, filling 580 requests in 2003.
James Gartin, economic and development director at the township, said officials support the organization but it must comply with township ordinances. “We cannot turn a blind eye,” he said.
Without the public sales, the organization will be forced to close.
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