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The ABC's Of ADU's In AA: Information Opening The Door To Accessory Dwelling Units In Ann Arbor

Jul 31, 2018

An ADU house.
Credit Jessica A.S. Letaw

Garden apartments, granny flats, carriage houses, backyard cottages, mother-in-law suites: accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, go by a lot of names.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with area community architecture educator Jessica Letaw about a series of community events she has planned to open the door to Ann Arbor residents to the possibility of building or living in an ADU.


If your adult children needs an affordable place to live, your active parents want a place to stay close to your family, or you could use some extra rental income, an ADU may be right for you.

Ann Arbor homeowners now have the option to add ADUs to their property. You are invited to a community conversation about how ADUs can expand options for homeowners while helping to expand local housing options.

ADU event organizer and moderator Jessica A.S. Letaw.
Credit Jessica A.S. Letaw

Join moderator Jessica A.S. Letaw and ADU expert Holly Huntley for a conversation on ADU design, financing, construction, and income potential.  Local mortgage lenders and City of Ann Arbor staff will also be present to answer detailed questions about financing, permitting, and what's possible on your home's lot.  Come with questions and ideas; leave with a plan!

ADU builder Holly Hunter.
Credit Jessica A.S. Letaw

Attendance is FREE, but space is limited.  You are being asked to reserve your seats if you plan to attend any of the community events.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu