Downtown upgrades planned to coincide with new Ann Arbor affordable housing

ANN ARBOR, MI — Ann Arbor’s Downtown Development Authority has committed $10 million for the next round of its People-Friendly Streets projects, with over $7 million planned to be spent over the next two years. Two upcoming projects of particular importance are on Miller Avenue/Catherine Street and Fourth Avenue, coinciding with the Ann Arbor Housing Commission’s efforts to develop affordable housing on city-owned public parking lots downtown, said Maura Thomson, DDA interim director. $5.1M from new Ann Arbor affordable housing tax could go toward downtown high-riseA slide from the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority's presentation to City Council on March 22, 2021, mentioning plans to make infrastructure improvements to support an affordable housing development next to the Blake Transit Center.Ann Arbor DDAThomson gave an overview of the DDA’s planned projects at a City Council budget work session this week, discussing how the DDA is coordinating with the Housing Commission and the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority. “People-Friendly Streets projects also aim to help build resilient, flexible streets,” Thomson said. We want to build better.”MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:Ann Arbor seeking volunteers to help research history of city’s 160-plus parksAnn Arbor’s 50th Hash Bash will be virtual, but smoke-in protest plannedAir quality ‘excellent’ in Ann Arbor school buildings ahead of students’ return, study showsAnn Arbor may institute unarmed responses to certain 911 calls by end of 2021Ann Arbor Police Department revives chaplain program