Based on its Dec. 6, 2010 agenda, on that evening the Ann Arbor city council will begin a multiple-meeting reconsideration of the Heritage Row proposal from Alex de Parry. The Heritage Row project was previously presented to the city council as a residential project for South Fifth Avenue that would renovate seven houses and construct three new 3.5-story apartment buildings behind those houses, with an underground parking garage and a maximum 82 apartments, with no more than 163 bedrooms.
The proposal to be reconsidered includes the following revisions: (1) The top floor the new south building would be removed from the design; (2) The density is reduced from 79 units to 76 units and the number of bedrooms is reduced from 154 to 147; (3) The project will include five affordable units at the 50% AMI (average median income) level, in addition to six affordable units at the 80% AMI level; and (4) The three new buildings will be LEED certified [.pdf of current proposal] Except for the removal of a top floor from one of the newly designed buildings, de Parry had in principle indicated agreement with the other revisions at a Sunday evening council caucus on Sept. 19.
The council has already reconsidered the Heritage Row proposal once before – at its July 6, 2010 meeting. That reconsideration came after the council had initially rejected it on June 21 with a 7-4 vote . At the Sept. 19 caucus, de Parry had seemed to indicate that he’d begin the process to start construction of a different project at the same location – City Place. The following evening at council’s Sept. 20, 2010 meeting, Betsy de Parry addressed the city council, stressing that they vastly preferred the Heritage Row proposal over City Place. Though the de Parrys apparently had hoped for council action that night, none was forthcoming.
The reconsideration to start on Dec. 6 will require three separate motions [.pdf of the set of parliamentary motions]. The first would suspend the rules, the second would put the Heritage Row proposal before the council, and the third would postpone the issue to Dec. 20. The postponement would be in the interest of providing additional opportunity for public input, and the project would be brought to the council on Dec. 20 as a first reading agenda item. Assuming Heritage Row is approved on Dec. 20 – the council’s last meeting of the year – it would require a second, additional reading and approval by the council, presumably in January 2011.