An increase in violent crime committed by teens in Washtenaw County has spurred the need for additional funding from the county’s Child Care Fund. At their July 9, 2014 meeting, county commissioners have authorized using $642,707 to pay for a range of services overseen by the county’s dept. of human services. The county board also made mid-year budget adjustments, created a new board of health, and authorized putting a 10-year parks & recreation millage renewal on the Nov. 4 ballot.
A 22-unit condo project called 121 Kingsley West will be headed to city council, following a vote at the July 15, 2014 meeting of the Ann Arbor planning commission. The five commissioners who were present all supported the project, but it takes six votes for a recommendation of approval – so it will be forwarded to council with a recommendation of denial. Also on July 15, commissioners elected new officers. Wendy Woods replaced Kirk Westphal as chair.
Four projects were on the Ann Arbor planning commission’s July 1, 2014 agenda, but the meeting was dominated by one in particular: A proposed condominium development at 312 Glendale, the site of a former orchard just south of Jackson Avenue. Commissioners ultimately voted to postpone action until they can get more information about a proposed retention/detention pond. Three other projects were recommended for approval on July 1: (1) The Mark condos on West Liberty; (2) a rebuild of the Delta Chi fraternity at Hill and Oxford; and (3) an expansion of the Gift of Life facility on Research Park Drive.
At its July 3, 2014 meeting, the Ann Arbor greenbelt advisory commission discussed a plan to create an internship, drawing from students at the University of Michigan. The intent would be to help create awareness of the city’s greenbelt program, by using social media and other strategies.
Much of the July 2, 2014 meeting of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority board was devoted to infrastructure projects and organizational matters, as the DDA board restructured its committees and elected new officers for fiscal 2015, which began on July 1. The board awarded a $390,000 grant to First Martin Corp. for infrastructure related to an extended-stay hotel at Huron and Ashley, and granted a one-year extension to a $650,000 grant previously given to the 618 S. Main apartment project. The board also voted to give DDA executive director Susan Pollay a 5% raise, bringing her salary to $114,570.