A possible four-year extension on a University of Michigan lease of three parking lots at Fuller Park was recommended for approval by the Ann Arbor park advisory commission. The action took place at PAC’s July 15, 2014 meeting.
The existing lease expires on Aug. 31, 2014. The three lots are: (1) the parking lot south of Fuller Road, next to the railroad tracks (Lot A); (2) the paved parking lot north of Fuller Road at Fuller Park (Lot B); and (3) the unpaved parking lot north of Fuller Road at Fuller Park (Lot C). The lots are used by UM during restricted hours.
According to a staff memo, the city has leased Lot A to UM since 1993. Lots B and C have been leased since 2009.
The proposal, which requires city council approval, is for a two-year lease with an additional two-year option for renewal. Annual revenue of this lease will be $78,665, and will be included as part of the parks & recreation general fund budget. [.pdf of proposed lease agreement] [.pdf of staff report]
The hours that UM can use these lots are stipulated in the agreement:
- Lot A: 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Lot B (paved lot): 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning the day after Labor Day through the Friday before Memorial Day, excluding holidays.
- Lot C (unpaved lot): 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
Three people spoke during public commentary regarding Fuller Park, though most of their focus was on the possibility of locating a train station at that site.
Responding to concerns raised during public commentary, commissioners discussed and ultimately amended the recommendation, adding a whereas clause that stated the “resolution does not commit PAC to support or oppose the use of Lot A as a rail station.”
PAC’s recommendation was unanimous and will be forwarded to the city council for consideration.
This brief was filed from the council chambers at city hall, 301 E. Huron, where PAC holds its meetings. A more detailed report will follow.