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Downtown Development Authority Sets Conditions For Surface Parking Lot In Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority

Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority is putting some conditions on allowing the former Y-Lot on Fifth Avenue to return as a surface parking lot. 

Under the parking contract with the city, the DDA can object to the proposal. The objection will be withdrawn if the property owner agrees to receiving no revenue until after a $100,000 commitment to affordable housing is met. 

Executive Director Susan Pollay says the city must also waive the 17 percent of revenues they would receive from this lot. "This isn't new money.  We're not going to see new people driving downtown just to park in a parking lot.  Likely these people who are coming here to go to the library, the adjacent offices, come downtown for a bite to eat, they're currently using other parking facilities," Pollay says.

The parking is only a temporary option since the sale of the land required an occupied building by 2018.

Like 89.1 WEMU on Facebook and follow us on Twitter— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.          

Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.
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