Development of City-Owned Properties as Affordable Housing


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​Ann Arbor Housing Commission

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Financial Feasibility ​Analysis & Development o​​f City-Owned Properties as Affordable Housing 

The Mayor and City Council directed the AAHC and Administrator to conduct a financial feasibility analysis of under used City-owned properties. This analysis looked at whether these properties are suitable for affordable housing to households at 60%, or less, of the Area Median Income (AMI).​ The analysis was presented at the November 18, 2019 City Council Meeting. The analysis was updated​ to include 415 W. Washington and 350 S. 5th Ave. An update was provided during a Council Work Session on June 14, 2021.​​​​

View a map of the city-owned sites here​.

Community Engageme​nt

The AAHC partnered with SmithGroup from 2019 to 2021 to conduct community engagement on affordable housing at the 10 sites identified in the Feasibility Analysis as suitable.

The AAHC conducted a downtown living survey in 2020 to learn whether low-income families would live in downtown Ann Arbor and what features were important to them.

2020 Downtown Living Survey Report

Additional community engagement for 121 E. Catherine, related to the historic Black district, has been conducted in partnership with YMJ & Associates​. The first public Community Forum was held on Zoom on June 17, 2022. ​​

A second Community Forum was held September 1st, 2022 at the Farmers Market (315 Detroit Street) and 121 E. Catherine.​

​​Supporting Documents​

City Council Resolutions

R-19​​-109 Directing the Planning Commission to consider the benefit of downtown affordable housing premiums​.

R-19-1​38 Directing AAHC & Administration to analyze 10 properties​​​​​.

City of Ann Arbor Brownfield Policy

R-19​-419​ City of Ann Arbor Brownfield Policy Adoption

​​Affordable Housing Planning & Zoning

Zoning​​ Analysis - multiple sites​

​​Income and Rent

Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income and Rents

Washtenaw County HUD Income and Rents

Policy Documents

2015 Washtenaw County Housing Affordability and Economic Equity Analysis

Ann Arbor Housing Fund Policy

Washtenaw County Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Plan

Affordable Housing Toolkit

DDA Housing Fund Overview and Grant History

Downtown Development Authority MAP with 1/4 mile Boundary

Out of Reach Report - National Low-Income Housing Coalition

Low Income Housing Tax Credit Impact on Michigan

Low Income Housing Tax Credit Impact 12th District (Includes Ann Arbor)

Legal Documents

Map of MDNR Encumbered Area - Burns Park and Senior Center

City Ordinance related to DDA affordable housing funding​​​