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Ann Arbor City Council to Discuss Public Art, Edwards Brothers Property

Feb 18, 2014

Public art and the future of the Edwards Brothers property on State Street again take center stage at Tuesday night's Ann Arbor City Council meeting.  

Ann Arbor City Council will consider an ordinance amendment and a pair of conflicting resolutions to return old percent for art funds to their source.  Council member Jane Lumm and others have proposed returning about $820,000 but leaving funds to complete projects at the Stadium Bridges, Argo Cascades, and the Kingsley Rain Garden.  Sabra Briere is proposing a resolution that wouldn't fund the Argo Cascades artwork, but does call on the city administrator to include in his budget funds for public art administration the next two years.  Her proposal would return over $950,000.

 City council will also consider a plan to spend about $12.8 million to purchase the Edwards Brothers property on State Street.  The city has a right of first refusal to buy the land.  If the city passes the University of Michigan will buy the parcel and it will be removed from the tax rolls permanently.

 The entire City Council agenda is available here.

— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.