Ann Arbor Looks To Add Housing, Density

In downtown Ann Arbor, dense high rise development has traditionally been thought of negatively. However, a recent shift in political will has the City approving projects that will add greater density and housing to its commercial core.
February 23, 2006, 7am PST | Mike Lydon
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"Local developer Fred Beal sat near the back of the council chamber Tuesday night while the Ann Arbor City Council moved forward toward approving three downtown residential projects -- two involving nine-story buildings and the third a 12-story and a 14-story tower connected by a four-story base.

Beal, a member of the Downtown Development Authority's board, said he remembers just a few years ago he attended a committee meeting of the city's Planning Commission when a four-story limit for new buildings was discussed.

When was the last time he was at a City Council meeting when that kind of development wasn't disputed?

He smiled. 'Never.'"

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Published on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 in Ann Arbor News
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