Ann Arbor Area Community News
The Ann Arbor Planning Commission will tonight hear a proposal for a mixed-use complex at the intersection of Green and Plymouth Roads, featuring a bank, restaurant, and three buildings with condos above retail space. The project was designed to fit into the City’s draft Northeast Area Plan, which calls for denser “activity centers” at several intersections along Plymouth, which is currently developed in a very suburban pattern of strip malls and research and office parks.
From the Ann Arbor News:
[Developer David] Kwan said the area, which is dominated by large employers such as drug maker Pfizer Inc. and the nonprofit research group Altarum Institute, has a lack of retail and eateries. And although the 7.5-acre site is zoned for research uses, it stands along a busy commercial corridor where retail wouldn’t be out of place.
The City has had problems before with faux “New Urbanist” developments begging out of parking requirements and suffering from shortages, probably contributing to Kahan’s reticence—the recent Whole Foods / Barnes & Noble complex on Washtenaw has been highly criticized on this front.
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