Ann Arbor City Council: July 1, 2024

Jul 1, 2024 | City Council

This Ann Arbor City Council meeting was held in person at City Hall. Members of the public can participate in public hearings and public comment either in person or via phone.

CM Ghazi Edwin was absent

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APPROVED: The former City fire station at 1510 E Stadium will be sold to the Ann Arbor Housing Development Corporation for $35,000. This parcel was among a list of City-owned properties designated in 2019 for the development of affordable housing. The Ann Arbor Housing Commission plans to use the property as temporary administrative offices and maintenance facilities. It will eventually be developed into housing that is permanently affordable to households whose income is 60% of the Area Median Income or less. (Legistar)

APPROVED: By resolution, City Council will direct the sale of the City-owned surface lot at William and Ashley, sometimes called the Kline lot. Sale of the lot will be managed by a private broker, who will establish a “scope and vision” for potential development, solicit and receive all development proposals, and then share recommendations with the City. (Legistar)

  • The broker is directed to pursue four goals:
    • Supporting housing development at all income levels to support housing affordability;
    • Supporting sustainability in the built environment;
    • The pursuit of placemaking initiatives;
    • The improvement of the tax base, or of revenue to the City.
  • A staff memo (link) explains that “The goal would be to pursue a development that substantially achieves housing development in pursuit of affordability, sustainability, placemaking, and tax base improvements as much as is feasible, with each being a co-equal priority.”
  • These goals were explained as consistent with a resolution approved unanimously by Council in April 2024. (Legistar)
  • DEFEATED: An amendment would have required Council approval of an updated “scope and vision” for the property.
  • A2ELNEL: Developing the Kline Lot
  • https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2024/07/after-decades-of-debate-ann-arbor-hiring-broker-to-sell-downtown-lot.html

APPROVED: Almost $3.4 million of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds previously allocated for an unarmed safety response program was re-allocated. These funds must be reallocated because the terms of federal ARPA funds require that money be obligated before December 31, 2024 and fully spent before December 31, 2026. The City has failed to establish an unarmed response program in time to meet these federal deadlines. (Legistar)

  • The resolution allocates $3,395,082 of ARPA funding to the following projects:
    • $2,000,000 Barton Dam Embankment Project
    • $500,000 Emergency Operations Center
    • $395,082 Second Ambulance Acquisition
    • $400,000 Bicentennial Park Improvements
    • $100,000 Safe House – Domestic Violence Support

A brief history of the original allocation of $3.5 million toward unarmed safety response program:

  • In April 2021, City Council first directed the development of an unarmed response program, asking the City Administrator to include it in the FY 2022 budget. (Legistar)
  • In April 2022, City Council allocated $3.5 million in federal ARPA funds to unarmed response. (Legistar)
  • The City spent $104,918 on community engagement through a consultant. The consultant released a report in March 2023 (link)
  • In June 2023, the City issued a “request for proposals” for implementation of an unarmed response program (link)
  • The City received a single bid, from Care Based Safety. https://carebasedsafety.org/
  • In December 2023, City staff cancelled the RFP, rejecting the proposal from Care Based Safety, without a vote of Council. For more complete background leading up to the cancellation of that RFP, see: https://a2council.com/ann-arbor-city-council-january-11-2024/
  • In April 2024, an amended “request for proposals” for implementation of an unarmed response program failed to generate any responses. (link)

A2ELNEL Voting Chart

Ann Arbor City Council Voting Chart for July 1, 2024 Part 1
Ann Arbor City Council Voting Chart for July 1, 2024 Part 2
Ann Arbor City Council Voting Chart for July 1, 2024 Part 3

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