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Ann Arbor Responsible Development

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Raised by 66 people in 12 months
Created August 3, 2018
We are suing the City of Ann Arbor for an illegal rezoning that sets a dangerous precedent for every ward in town.

We need to stop this rezoning from destroying our neighborhood and from being a virus that spreads to yours.  Please help us now with a modest contribution, even $5, and help us spread the word, not the virus.

More information is available on our website: https://lowertownlife.org/ including Frequently Asked Questions.

Read about the LowerTown lawsuit in MLive: https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2019/07/ann-arbor-residents-suing-city-over-lower-town-development.html

Also read about the status of the LowerTown project: https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2019/07/ann-arbor-condo-development-on-hold-due-to-slow-sales.html

Read more about what happened in our neighborhood in this Current Magazine Article:  http://www.ecurrent.com/feature/ann-arbor-real-estate-is-on-fire/
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We are in settlement negotiations with the city! Our second meeting with the city is on August 13th. We are asking for zoning changes and protection, more retail, parking and traffic relief, park improvements to make up for the lack of open space, and more. What do you want to see?!
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Update on the LowerTown lawsuit: yes, we are still intending to file a lawsuit against the City of Ann Arbor.

Site status: On September 23rd the LowerTown final rezoning approval became effective. The next day the developer cleared the site, and the day after they started grading. There is a big pit for the stormwater basin that will be under the parking structure which is part of phase one. The site was split into three separate parcels, and the other two parcels remain mostly undisturbed.

The developer continues pre-sales on its condos which will be part of phase two. Fancy marketing packages are being mailed to well-to-do out of town empty nesters. The on-site sales office is located in the former Manna grocery store, making this "mixed use urban village" net negative on any commercial component for years until phase three is built with one lone retail space the size of an average Panera - 1000 new residents and just one Panera.

How did the mayor his city council allies let the developer get away with building "the largest private development in Ann Arbor since Briarwood Mall" (quoted from its website)? How did the mayor and his city council allies approve a residential development with only an accessory commercial use (as described by the planning department) with way more density than any residential zoning would permit, and less open space, smaller setbacks, and significantly less parking? How did the mayor and his city council allies ignore the master plan and not give us a true mixed use development? How did the mayor and his city council allies approve a PUD in disguise, with everything a PUD would have except for the community benefit required of the developer?

The answer is simple: they had the votes. Just like how Mitch McConnell and the Republicans denied giving a hearing to President Obama's Supreme Court nominee. It wasn't right, but they had the votes, so they did it.

The mayor and his council allies also meddled with the ballot language on Proposal A and were sued for it, and the court told them they were wrong. The mayor also is being challenged in court for signing a contract without council approval. That will be ruled on in a week or two. This reckless behavior came from the administration having a lock on enough council votes to get approvals for inappropriate and even illegal things. That lock will be gone very soon.

So, we sue the City of Ann Arbor too. We can't say precisely what the impact of our suit will be on the LowerTown site, but we sue because the rezoning approval was not legal. We sue because the obscure zoning category they used to cheat the system now threatens more of our neighborhood and other near downtown neighborhoods too. This C1A/R godzilla has been awakened after 50 years of slumber and used illegally, setting a precedent that can lead to downtown intensity of development outside of the downtown core areas. We sue because we must in order to save our neighborhood, and others too, from the reckless behavior of the soon-to-be-previous administration.

The city is currently vulnerable to other lawsuits from developers who will claim they should get preferential treatment like the developers of LowerTown got. Zoning is law. It can't be broken for one applicant and then enforced on the next one. Our lawsuit may be what the city needs to restore order. So, we sue.

Please vote. It matters a whole lot. Please remember who supported us and who/what they endorse. And remember who created this mess and who/what they endorse. (If you want specific names and proposals, feel free to ask me directly, but I don't want to get too politically specific here.)
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This is 1 of 3 buildings approved. It was re-zoned to mixed use but 100% residential. It is 4-7 stories where the Master Plan called for 2-4 stories. It is way bigger than Costco.
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