2 drivers injured in crash on Michigan Avenue near Ann Arbor
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – Michigan Avenue near Platt Road was briefly shut down Thursday afternoon after one car crashed into another trying to pull into a private driveway. Emergency crews were called at 3:44 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, to the area west of the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Platt Road for a reported two-vehicle crash, according to the Pittsfield Township Police Department.mlive.com
2 big Ann Arbor street projects get council’s OK, but not without drama
ANN ARBOR, MI — A pair of contracts for two street construction projects totaling several million dollars sparked debate at the Ann Arbor City Council meeting Tuesday night, June 21. One project involves resurfacing Platt Road from Packard Road to Huron Parkway, along with other work, including new accessible crosswalk ramps and crosswalk signals. Both of those projects won support from council Tuesday night, but not without some controversy and tense exchanges. For the Platt Road project, council heard concerns from residents about a lack of improvements for pedestrians and cyclists, which city officials are now giving more thought. Hutchinson also responded to council questions about the possibility of implementing a road diet to reduce automobile travel lanes on the five-lane Platt Road to add bicycle lanes.mlive.com
Ann Arbor developer giving away 200 trees at groundbreaking event
ANN ARBOR, MI — The development team behind a solar-powered neighborhood coming to Ann Arbor is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony and inviting the community. Site work has begun for the Veridian development next to County Farm Park off Platt Road, said Thrive Collaborative’s Matt Grocoff, and now a ceremonial groundbreaking event is planned from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 18.mlive.com
Over 200 trees proposed to be cut down for new Ann Arbor townhomes
ANN ARBOR, MI — Hundreds of trees are proposed to be cut down for a 43-unit apartment complex around a wetland area in southeast Ann Arbor. Auburn Hills-based developer Trowbridge Companies submitted plans to the city earlier this year for a proposed development called Platt Road Townhomes along the west side of Platt Road just north of Interstate 94 and Southeast Area Park. The information submitted by the landscape architect indicates six landmark trees would be removed, each measuring about 18 inches in diameter on average, while 31 other trees — including four landmark trees — would be preserved. Four properties are proposed to be combined for the Platt Road Townhomes development in Ann Arbor, including parcels at 3680, 3696, 3746 and 3788 Platt Road, totaling several acres.Google MapsAs mitigation for the tree removals, Trowbridge proposes planting 27 new trees each two inches in diameter. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:Ann Arbor developer proposes eco-friendly quadplex north of downtownAnn Arbor firefighters burn house to be demolished for developmentThe long history of Ann Arbor’s city flag, which once went to outer spaceEnjoy Thursday music, Sunday brunching with A2 Summer StreetsMarijuana shop burglary suspect arrested with pockets overflowing with stolen itemsmlive.com
Maintenance on Platt Road near Ann Arbor could affect traffic
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI — Preventative maintenance work will cause lane restrictions on two roads in York Township. The Washtenaw County Road Commission is performing chip seal projects along Platt Road between Willis Road and Bemis Road and Moon Road between Willis Road and Bemis Road beginning Monday, May 24, officials said. The chip seal work is done under lane restrictions with a flagging crew at each end of the work area regulating traffic. Once the work is completed, the Washtenaw County Road Commission is advising drivers to lower their speeds to 35 mph while the stone settles. Road commission officials said they plan to chip seal approximately 100 miles of roadway this construction season.mlive.com
Parts of Bemis Road near Ann Arbor to close for six weeks
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP — Bemis Road between Platt Road and Carpenter Road on the border of Pittsfield and York townships will close for repairs Tuesday, April 27, officials said. The road will be closed to through traffic for a resurfacing project for approximately six weeks, according to the Washtenaw County Road Commission. A posted detour will take motorists from Carpenter Road to E. Willis Road, and then to Platt Road back onto Bemis Road. Later this summer, the road commission will install a traffic signal at the intersection of Bemis Rd and Carpenter Rd. READ MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:University of Michigan warns it may ‘seek recourse’ against Ann Arbor developmentAnn Arbor comes to agreement with DTE over carbon neutrality programsSidewalk construction will create better pedestrian access along Ann Arbor roadmlive.com
Police investigating armed robbery at Pittsfield Township Burger King
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Friday night at a Pittsfield Township Burger King. According to authorities, it happened at about 8:20 p.m. at the Burger King located near the intersection of Platt Road and Michigan Avenue. Police said employees told them they were held at gunpoint and forced to hand over money from the safe. The culprit fled from the location north through a lot and a witness observed the getaway vehicle free westbound on Textile Road. The suspected robber is described as a tall thin Black man wearing a blue coat, khaki pants and dress shoesAnyone with information is asked to contact the Pittsfield Township Police Department at 734-822-4958.
Compost collection, drop off in Ann Arbor to end for season on Friday
ANN ARBOR – This year’s curbside compost service season will end on Friday and start up again in April 2021. Friday is also the last day for residents and contractors working on Ann Arbor residential properties to deliver leaves to the city’s compost facility at 4170 Platt Road. Need a compost cart? Acceptable compost materials, according to the city’s website:Plate scrapings and food waste (including meat and bones)Bamboo dinnerwareGrass clippingsBPI certified compostable bags, containers, silverware, etc. Ann Arbor residents can deliver one cubic yard per household each day of acceptable food waste and yard trimmings at no cost during weekday hours.