Ann Arbor Area Community News
At last night’s City Council meeting, the council approved an easement proposal for providing a vehicle access on Murfin to a private dorm near the corner of Broadway, Plymouth, and Murfin, just behind the NCRB. The 992-bed dorm was originally called “North Quad”, but is now being called “Melrose Student Suites”. The proposal passed by a 9-2 vote; the Suites expected to be open by the Fall of 2006.
The Council’s discussion apparently got fiery, though, with the Mayor and various Councilmembers criticizing the University for foot-dragging and for failing to house their students. From the Ann Arbor News:
Many on the council were miffed by comments made earlier in the meeting by U-M spokesman Jim Kosteva, who said the university was a “reluctant bride” in an agreement to build a private student housing project at 1756 Broadway. He said it would increase infrastructure costs for the university to support that new community of students near North Campus.
Other councilmembers joined in with criticisms of varying quality:
Carlberg, D-3rd Ward, said she was “baffled” why Kosteva would portray the added busing expenses as a negative when alternative transportation was a goal of the community.
Some further part of the discussion involved Kosteva trying to pull his foot back out of his mouth. If watching the Council and University fight it out is your idea of a fun evening, you can watch the meeting on CTN channel 16 at 7:30pm Friday.
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