City council approves Valhalla Glen. The $100 million, 454-unit apartment complex on S. Main next to the U-M golf course has been controversial, with supporters saying it will help address the housing shortage and opponents saying it violates the city’s master plan and will cause traffic problems. One neighbor threatened legal action. MLive (subscriber exclusive)
Ann Arbor invests $1.5 million from the city’s affordable housing tax in two Avalon Housing projects. The affordable and transitional housing nonprofit will build 36 units in the second phase of its Hickory Way Apartments on S. Maple, and fifty in the planned ecovillage Veridian at County Farm Park.
Ann Arbor adopts a comprehensive transportation master plan. Vision Zero aligns with the A2Zero plan to have a transportation system that eliminates carbon emissions by 2030, promotes walking and cycling, and eliminates pedestrian fatalities. MLive (subscriber exclusive)
City council tells city administrator Tom Crawford to create a proposal for how to spend $24 million in federal stimulus money that is in line with council's stated priorities, and to return with recommendations on October 1. MLive
City council voted 7-2 to ask councilmember Jeff Hayner to resign over what members describe as homophophic and racist remarks. MLive quoted city attorney Stephen Postema as saying the resolution “has no legal consequences,” but a citizen has started a recall effort.
County follows city in using marijuana tax to fund racial equity initiatives. Criminal drug charges can have a negative impact on employment, housing, credit, and more. “We recognize the disparate negative impact the War on Drugs continues to have on Black and Brown communities throughout our county,” states county commissioner Justin Hodge. ecurrent.com
Physician assistants ratify three-year contract with Michigan Medicine. The U-M recognized the union last June representing approximately 340 physician assistants; PAs rallied outside the hospital during contract negotiations in early May. UofMhealth.org
Dexter will acquire a larger city hall in a historic downtown building. City council voted 5-1 on May 24 to approve the sale of $2.5 million in bonds to purchase and renovate the “old grain mill” at 3515 Broad St. The city will also use $400,000 from its general fund. MLive
Pioneer High School freshman Danika Miller moved to Ann Arbor from Florida last winter. In addition to the emotional and academic challenges of adapting to a new school and city during a pandemic, Miller says she experienced bullying and discrimination as a student with conservative political views. Read Miller’s essay in the Pioneer High School student paper, The Optimist
Wooden benches printed with funny one-liners like “sit happens” appeared in front of businesses all over town last week. So far no one’s claimed responsibility for the “bench bombing,” but business owners seem to like it. Click on Detroit
Starting Monday, capacity limitations for both lap and general swim will be increased at Ann Arbor’s Buhr, Fuller and Veterans Memorial public pools. Reservations are recommended but no longer required. Click on Detroit
Eight U-M swimmers and twenty former U-M student-athletes go to the Olympic Trials in Omaha. Athletes compete in two waves of Olympic trials. Wave I took place June 4-7, and Wave II will take place June 13-20. The preliminaries can be viewed here: usaswimming.org