Stories indexed with the term ‘Tom Fitzsimmons’

The 2014 Bezonki Awards: A Celebration

For the past four years, The Chronicle has honored some remarkable people in this community with our annual Bezonki awards.

Bezonki, The Ann Arbor Chronicle

Three of the six Bezonki awards, crafted by local artist Alvey Jones and named after his comic strip that’s published monthly in The Chronicle. (Photos by Ben Weatherston.)

This year, we celebrated the 2014 winners with an open house on Aug. 15. The event was admittedly bittersweet, coming a week after our announcement that we plan to close this publication on Sept. 2, 2014.

But the awards are forward-looking, as well as an opportunity to recognize and honor the foundations that are being built to make our community strong. And this year’s winners are exceptional: Ryan Burns, the energy behind Ignite Ann Arbor; Linh and Dug Song, a couple committed to community-building; the Finding Your Political Voice program at Arrowwood Hills Cooperative; Mary Jo Callan, a leader in Washtenaw County government; developer Tom Fitzsimmons; and Jeannine Palms, on behalf of the many groups she’s a part of in the Buhr Park neighborhood.

Like the individuals and organizations that receive these awards, each of the six physical Bezonkis is unique, made in part with bits salvaged from equipment at the former Ann Arbor News – a nod to our profession’s past. They were crafted by local artist Alvey Jones, whose Bezonki cartoons are published monthly in The Chronicle.

The awards are unique in another way. Until this year, each winner of a Bezonki has been a steward of the physical award for a year. Winners in the past year hand it off to the next year’s winners. Our hope has been that the awards create connections year after year between people in the community – people who might not otherwise have crossed paths.

You can learn more about our past winners in The Chronicle’s archives. They’re an amazing group.

But as The Chronicle comes to a close, we have a new charge to this year’s winners. We’ve asked that they take responsibility for passing along their Bezonki to highlight the great work of others, as they encounter it in the coming months or years. We further asked that they convey this same message to the next steward of Bezonki, whoever that might be – so that the awards continue to create positive connections throughout our community. We’ve created an Ann Arbor LocalWiki page to keep track of the lineage.

Or maybe they’ll just stay on the shelves of this year’s winners – that would be fine, too. They deserve it. [Full Story]

Kerrytown Place Sails Through Council OK

The Kerrytown Place project – an 18-unit townhouse development by Tom Fitzsimmons, proposed for the location of the former Greek Orthodox Church on North Main Street – has received approval from the Ann Arbor city council. The council’s action, taken at its Aug. 8, 2013 meeting, included final approval of two rezoning requests and two site plans associated with the project.

3D rendering from site plan submitted for Kerrytown Place, View from Main Street

3D rendering from site plan submitted for Kerrytown Place – the view from Main Street.

The council had given initial approval to the … [Full Story]

Council OKs Catherine St. Townhouse Project

The site plan and rezoning request for a residential project on Catherine Street has received final approval from the Ann Arbor city council. Approval for the three-story townhouse with five housing units at 922-926 Catherine St. came at the council’s Oct. 1, 2012 meeting. The initial approval of the rezoning request had been given at the council’s Sept. 4, 2012 meeting. That rezoning request had been recommended for approval at the July 17, 2012 meeting of the Ann Arbor planning commission.

The two vacant parcels are on the south side of Catherine between Ingalls and Glen, across from the University of Michigan School of Nursing building. The lots are located in the Old Fourth Ward historic district.

The development – which according … [Full Story]