The University of Michigan Board of Regents will meet this Thursday, Sept. 18, at 3 p.m. in the Fleming Administration Building, 503 Thompson St. A limited number of public comment slots are available. You get 5 minutes, but you need to sign up by 9 a.m. the day before the meeting. The sign-up form is here.
Here are some items on their agenda:
- A $48.6 million project to 1) build a parking structure on Wall Street to provide 550 new spaces and a small transit center “to encourage the use of buses and shuttles”; and 2) build a 40,000-square-foot office building to house the Michigan Business Engagement Center. The center “is to function as the gateway to the university for business and industry.”
- A $5.9 million project to create a new outpatient observation care unit in the Taubman Health Center adjacent to the University Hospital ER.
- A $4.5 million renovation project to establish a clinic at Domino’s Farms for the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes.
- A $3.15 million project to renovate an inpatient psychiatry unit at University Hospital.
Addendum: Based a note from Matt late last night (see Comment 1 below) The Chronicle went out and photographed the poster early this morning:
From the text of the poster:
- The UM will present a plan to the Board of Regents for approval to provide 1200 parking spaces in two parking structures with no logistical consideration for the already approved Lower Town development which includes 740 parking spaces, and intentions that conflict with the city of Ann Arbor’s Northeast Area Plan.
- 2000 cars will traverse Maiden Lane and Wall Street daily during morning and evening commutes, with vacant structures at night and on weekends that attract crime and deadened the community.
- Consider what the construction of more than 1 million additional square feet of high-rise space these parking structures, and a transit center, will do for your commute, not to mention the permanent damage to the historical character and function of the Lower Town Area.
- The concentration of over 2000 parked cars on Maiden Lane and Wall Street does not make sense.
- The area is unable to accommodate these types of additions, and unreasonable changes can be expected.
- This contradicts the founding principles of the UMHS to provide health and well-being to patients and Ann Arbor residents.
- Air quality concerns for exhaust emissions of 2000 cars twice daily.
- Water quality concerns from oil and chemical runoff flowing directly into storm sewers and onto Traver Creek and the Huron River.
- Irreparable damage to the ecosystem and biodiversity of the adjacent 100-year floodplain.