A public hearing was held on February 10, 2011 at the regularly-scheduled Historic District Commission meeting, and another was held on Thursday, June 9, 2011, to receive public comments on the Old West Side Historic District Reconnaissance Level Re-Survey, Ann Arbor, MI . Links to the survey are below, and there is a survey sheet for each of the properties in the district, organized by street address. The Re-Survey was adopted by the HDC at its June 9, 2011 meeting.
Before the February 10 public hearing (at which there were no comments), several Old West Side residents expressed concerns via email over the use of construction dates from the City Assessor's database. The residents mobilized and volunteered to review all of the properties in the district against Polk City Directory records from 1894 - 1940. The survey sheets were updated accordingly, and as a result, the survey is much more historically accurate. The links below have also been updated to the updated survey sheets. The additional public hearing is being held as a result of the changes made to the survey.
From the Executive Summary:
When the City of Ann Arbor designated the Old West Side Historic District in 1978, survey and designation techniques were not as developed as they are today. Therefore, a list of contributing and non-contributing properties in the district was never developed. The purpose of this reconnaissance-level survey is solely to determine which resources contribute to the character of the historic district.
The entire survey area is within a larger district that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as the Old West Side Historic District. The nomination was completed and the district listed in 1972, with a revision prepared by the State Historic Preservation Office in 1991. The period of significance in the revised nomination is 1840-1941. Contributing and non- contributing properties were not identified by address in the revised nomination. Because the history of the district is well documented both in the national register nomination and in the original study committee report, no further historic research was conducted for this survey. Each property was photographed, and a list of potentially non-contributing properties was developed from the field work. These properties were researched to verify the date of construction and the history where necessary. Properties constructed after 1941 or that have lost their architectural integrity have been determined as non-contributing.
Old West Side Survey Report (pdf)