Approval of changes to the Packard Square project – which is proposed to redevelop the former Georgetown Mall – has been delayed by the Ann Arbor city council. The proposed changes would alter the facade of the building by reducing the number of balconies by one-third, replacing some brick with Hardi-board siding, changing windows, and changing the color of the siding. [.pdf with images showing contrast between originally approved drawings and revisions]
At its Dec. 3, 2012 meeting, the council raised several questions and concerns, and ultimately voted to postpone consideration of the approval until Jan. 7, 2013.
The changes to the building that the council was asked to approve were motivated by a change to the upper level residential portion of the Packard Road facade. It was moved 10 feet to the east to make it line up with the front stairwells. That also increased the footprint of the building by 4,720 square feet.
This brief was filed from the city council’s chambers on the second floor of city hall, located at 301 E. Huron. A more detailed report will follow: [link]