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American Rescue Plan Act Funding

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​​​​​​​​​On March 11, 2021 President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which provides financial support to local governments to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Ann Arbor is now in the process of determining how to allocate the onetime ​$24.1 million in ARPA funds the city i​s receiving. To help accomplish this, city staff have developed a list of potential projects that: ARPA funding image.jpg

  • ​Meet ARPA fund criteria;
  • Solve an important public policy priority of City Council;
  • Provide an opportunity for the city to pursue new or transformative initiatives;​
  • Help free up funds from other sources to accelerate investment in other critical city programs or infrastructure.
However, we have more potential projects than available funding so the city would like the community to weigh-in on which projects they would like to see advanced using ARPA funding. City Council will take community input into consideration to make the final decision about what projects receive ARPA funds. City Council was​ provided a memo (PDF) outlining the program and funding. Council was also provided follow-up memo (PDF) on Nov. 4, 2021 to help explain​ why specific projects were being considered. 

To learn more about the proposed projects, please see the brief descriptions and videos below or join us for a virtual meeting where you will be able to ask staff questions about each project. 

Timeline and public meetings

Oct. 2021

According to funding criteria, projects identified by staff.

Dec. 2021

Potential project descriptions and overview videos posted on the city’s website. Read the descriptions and watch the videos to learn about projects being considered.​​

Jan. 12-20, 2022

All sessions will be held as zoom digital meetings.  Join through this zoom link, Passcode: 938760​. Or call-in: ​1-213-338-8477  or 888-788-0099 (Toll Free) Webinar ID: 993 3292 7005.

Please do not share any m​eeting access details via social media. Linking to digital meeting info on social media ​can expose the meeting to malicious and destructive attacks. To promote this engagement opportunity share only the project webpage: a2gov.org/rescuefunds. 

​Participants are highly encouraged to watch overview videos before joining the question-and-answer sessions. To use time ​efficiently, project overviews will not be provided during the meetings. ​

Wednesday​, January 12 from 6-8 p.m.

Project Focused Q&A Sessions

Thursday, January 13

  • Noon-1:30 p.m. Miller-Catherine Bike Facility & Vision Zero Implementation
  • 4-5:30 p.m. Community and Law Enforcement Public Safety Data Platform& Unarmed Response 
  • 6-7 p.m. Galvanized Water Service Line Replacement 

Wednesday, January 19

  • Noon-1:30 p.m. Housing for Homeless Households & Property Acquisition for Affordable Housing
  • 4-5:30 p.m. Fire Station 4 (Huron Parkway) – First Net Zero Fire Station in Michigan & Solar on City Facilities
  • 6-7 p.m. City Clerk Election Center

Thursday, January 20

  • Noon-1 p.m. Gallup Park Bridge & Road & Trail Renovation
  • 4-5:30 p.m. Universal Basic Income & Coordinated Funding Support

All persons are encouraged to participate in public meetings. Accommodations, including sign language interpreters, may be arranged by contacting the City Clerk’s office at 734.794.6140; via email to [email protected]; or by written request addressed and mailed or delivered to:

City Clerk’s Office
301 E. Huron St.
Ann Arbor, MI  48104 ​

Requests made with less than two business days' notice may not be able to be accommodated. ​

Jan. 28-Feb. 14, 2022

Online survey available to gather public input about which projects to fund. Complete this survey to share your input. 

March 1, 2022

Final recommendations provided to City Council for decision.

Potential projects

City Clerk Election Center     Solar on City Facilities    Housing for Homeless Households    Property Acquisition for Affordable Housing     Vision Zero Implementation     Miller-Catherine Bike Facility     Galvanized Water Service Line Replacement     Community and Law Enforcement Public Safety Data Platform     Fire Station 4 (Huron Parkway) - First Net Zero Fire Station in Michigan     Coordinated Funding Support     Universal Basic Income     Gallup Park Bridge Replacement/Road & Trail Renovation  Unarmed Response Program ​​

City Clerk Election Center

Estimated cost: $2,000,000

This project will create a new election center that would provide the needed space for staff to prepare for elections and conduct high-speed tabulation of ballots, which is necessary due to the higher number of absentee ballots.

YouTube​ video explainer 

Solar on City Facilities

Estimated cost: $8,500,000

This project would install over 4 Megawatts of solar on 19 city facilities, saving the City operating costs, enhancing resilience, and reducing climate pollution. Sites identified include nearly every park with a major facility, the water treatment plant, City Hall, the water recovery facility, the airport, and the public works building. The installations would also be designed to eventually accommodate energy storage, which would enable these facilities to operate even during power outages. This is especially important for critical facilities, such as the water treatment plant and public works.

YouTube video explainer ​

Housing for Homeless Households

Estimated cost: $1,000,000 for initial acquisition and rehabilitation

This project will provide new housing for homeless households and will leverage funds from other sources to access rental subsides and supportive services. For this project, the Ann Arbor Housing Commission will partner with Avalon Housing to provide permanent supportive housing. This will not be transitional housing.

YouTube video explainer 

Property Acquisition for Affordable Housing

$3,500,000 to $50 million depending on the size of the project

This project would acquire property to build affordable housing. This project would involve identifying a suitable property, conducting due diligence on that property, and acquiring the property. Renovation would been done, as needed, or if the land is vacant, the project would require developing a site plan and going through a site plan approval process, followed by construction.

YouTube video explainer 

Vision Zero Implementation

Estimated cost: $9,500,000

This project proposes to fund a significant number of projects identified in the City's newly adopted "Moving Together Towards Vision Zero" Transportation Master Plan. This includes projects that reduce speed, enhance system design, and provide education. Specifically, this would help complete the Eisenhower park path, fill missing Border-to-Border trail linkages along and under Fuller Road, install a citywide bike network sign program, conduct and implement a citywide speed study, reconfigure lanes on S. Main, Packard, Earhart, and Green Roads, install protected bike lanes, install bike boulevards along Washington and Elmwood Streets, install green bike lanes, expand bike parking, add ADA accessible pedestrian push buttons, upgrade traffic signals, install streetlights, and upgrade crosswalks.

YouTube video explainer ​

Miller-Catherine Bike Facility

Estimated cost: $4,000,000

The Miller-Catherine bike facility would be a high-comfort/low stress bicycle facility along Miller Avenue and Catherine Street from west City limits to the University of Michigan.  As part of this project, traffic calming measures would also be included to address safety concerns regarding speeding vehicles and pedestrian crossings.

YouTube video explainer 

Galvanized Water Service Line Replacement

Estimated cost: $14,000,000

This project would replace up to 3,000 galvanized water service lines in the city that were once connected to lead pipes. The State of Michigan requires the replacement of all publicly and privately-owned water service lines that are, or used to be, connected to lead pipes. Lead can accumulate in galvanized pipes and release when the pipe is disturbed, creating the potential for lead in drinking water.

YouTube Video explainer 

Community and Law Enforcement Public Safety Data Platform

Estimated cost: $1,244,745

This project will help provide the data collection needed to determine police biases and support training and education for officers that focuses on critical decision making that honors the sanctity of human life. The Ann Arbor Police Department's dedication to achieving a meaningful and systematic change

to policing in the city requires the correct tooling to measure progress, impacts, and outcomes.

YouTube video explainer 

Fire Station 4 (Huron Parkway) - First Net Zero Fire Station in Michigan

Estimated cost: $6,000,000 (estimated build cost expected in 2022)

This project would build the city's first carbon-neutral facility, a net-zero fire station at the current Fire Station 4 location. This facility will produce energy through geothermal heating and cooling, solar panels, and an architectural design that encourages energy efficiency. The facility will also be gender-neutral to accommodate fire fighters of all genders.

YouTube video explainer 

Coordinated Funding Support

Estimated cost: $5,400,000 annually

This project would provide support to families living at or below the poverty line as this pandemic continues, providing basic safety net services to residents, with a focus on addressing poverty, racism and trauma in our community.

YouTube video explainer 

Universal Basic Income

Estimated cost: $2,300,000

This project would establish a universal basic income pilot program, which would provide direct aid to a group of families for three years, with review from social scientists to document the impact this aid has had, not just on the families, but on the whole community. This program may set the foundation for a for a larger, longer program that could benefit all families in Ann Arbor.

Gallup Park Bridge Replacement and Road and Trail Renovation​

Estimated Cost: $2,300,000 (bridge only) to $6,800,000​ (entire project including bridge, road, and trail renovations) 

The existing Gallup Park pedestrian and vehicle bridge will be replaced with a new design that significantly expands the paths for bicycles and pedestrians while maintaining the single vehicle lane. Additionally, the Border-to-Border Trail portion of the project would be widened to accommodate its heavy use and advisory bike lanes for commuter cyclists would b​e added to the park road to provide separation from recreational trail users.  The park road would also be modified to shift parking off-street. 

YouTube video explainer 

Unarmed Response Program 

Estimated Cost: $2,000,000 ​

An unarmed response program would divert armed officers from responding to non-criminal and non-violent calls to medical professionals, social workers, or other human services professionals that are better suited to meet the situational needs.  

​YouTube video explainer 







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