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Center of the City Task Force

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​​​​Background

On November 6, 2018, voters approved Proposal A to amend the City ​Charter, which states that city-owned land bounded by Fifth Avenue, and William, Division and Liberty Streets, including Liberty Plaza, the surface of the Library Lane park​ing structure and Library Lane itself, “shall be retained in public ownership, in perpetuity, and developed as an urban central park and civic center commons known as the 'Center of the City;'"

In response, the City Council passed resolution R-19-135 to establish the Center of the City Task Force. The task force's charge is to convene with the goal of facilitating a shared vision of the Center of the City and develop a report with re​commendations for City Council to advance the shared vision.

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Current Status

The Task Force is launching their public engagement and planning process.

Please join the Center of the City Task Force anytime between 6-8 pm on Wednesday, November 6, at the 4th Floor Meeting Room at the Downtown Library (343 S. 5th Ave).  The Task Force invites you to come share your ideas on how the future Commons will best serve the entire community.

All members of the community are also welcome and encouraged to attend regular Task Force meetings. The meetings that have occurred or are planned include:​

Task Force Meeting 6 – Prepare for Large Community Meeting and Other Outreach Activities 

October 16, 2019
4 p.m.
Larcom City Hall Basement
301 East Huron St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Task Force Meeting 5 – Advance Public Engagement Plan

October 2, 2019
3 p.m.​
Larcom City Hall Basement
301 East Huron St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Task Force Meeting 4 – Review Library Block History and Discuss Small Group Action Plans

September 18, 2019
4 p.m.
Larcom City Hall Basement
301 East Huron St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 

Task Force Meeting 3 – Discuss Public Engagement, Subcommittees, Schedule, Deadlines, Information and Data Collection, and Define Park, Civic Space, Commons, Open Space and Green Space ​

September 4, 2019
3 p.m.
Larcom City Hall Basement
301 East Huron St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104​​​

Ad Hoc Committee Meeting – Discuss Deadlines & Small Working Groups
September 3, 2019
4 p.m.
Larcom City Hall Basement
301 East Huron St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Task Force Meeting 2 – Establish Team Norms & Define Report Parameters

August 21, 2019
4 p.m.
Larcom City Hall Basement
301 East Huron St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104​​​
Agenda & Meeting Materials 

Task Force Meeting 1 – Get Organized

August 1, 2019​
10 a.m.
City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor
301 East​ Huron St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104​

Agenda & Meeting​ Materials ​​

Scheduled Task Force Meetings​

  • October 30, 2019 3 p.m. 
  • November 13, 2019 4 p.m.
  • November 25, 2019 3 p.m. 
  • December 11, 2019 4 p.m.
  • December 18, 2019 4 p.m.
  • January 8, 2020 3 p.m.
  • January 22, 2020 4 p.m.
  • February 5, 2020 3 p.m. 
  • February 19, 2020 4 p.m. ​

Members

In accordance with the resolution to create the Task Force, two Council Members serving on the Parks Advisory Commission appointed members of the Task Force, including two members of City Council to serve as advisory members. The Task Force members are:

Hannah BoettcherTask Force Group Photo.jpg
Ann Dilcher
Alan Haber
John Haines​
Jeff Hayner (council member)
Miles Klapthor, Vice Chair
Carolyn Loh
Meghan Musolff, Chair
Chip Smith (council member)
Norman Tyler
Dean Yang

Additional information

The following links connect to previous planning documents, studies, presentations, and any other materials that offer context and information regarding the focus area. ​

Master Plan

Planning Commission resource documents

Zoning

1989 Library Lot Task Force

Other



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Heather Seyfarth, AICP, MSW 
Community Engagement Specialist 
hseyfarth@a2gov.org
City of Ann Arbor
301 E. Huron St. 
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 
734.794.6430 x42590​