Council of the Commons
City Council has appointed members to the Council of the Commons, a body that will help advance the work of the Center of the City Task Force and realize the vision of the Ann Arbor Commons.
Task Force Final Report
(10 MB PDF) presents a vision and set of recommendations to guide City Council on next steps, as called for in the resolution establishing the Task Force, and should serve as an advisory document that suggests a path towards achieving the “Center of the City,” including an urban park and civic center commons.
VisionAs community feedback was reviewed and ideas were discussed by the Task Force, a vision for the “Center of the City” began to form.
Our vision is to create spaces that are:
- Inclusive and welcoming to everyone
- Safe, active, and foster a culture of peace and non-violence
- Easy to see, easy to get to, and easy to get thorough
- Flexible, adaptable and sustainable
- Inspiring and promote life-long learning
It is important to continue to engage with the community in the co-creation of this vision.
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 parking 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
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 recommendations for City Council to advance the shared vision.
Below are drafts of the report as it was being developed:
Task Force Meeting 15 - Further discuss draft recommendation and draft report
Task Force Meeting 14 - Discuss draft recommendations
Task Force Meeting 13
- Review Jan. 15 Open House and determine next steps. - Jan. 22, 2020
Open House - The Task Force discussed key questions with the Community, which will help inform the direction of the report - Jan. 15, 2020.
Task Force Meeting 12 - Prepare for Jan. 15 Open House and workshops to develop preliminary recommendations - Jan. 8, 2020
Workshops - The Task Force engaged in two workshops to discuss preliminary recommendations and determine the plan for the Open House. These workshops were held at the Downtown branch of the Ann Arbor Public Library, 343 South Fifth Ave., on:
- Jan. 10, 2020 from 3-5 p.m. at the Third Floor Freespace
- Jan. 11, 2020 from 10-12 a.m. at the Fourth Floor Meeting Room
Task Force Meeting 11 – Discuss Feedback, Targeted Mailing, Work Session, Open House, and Conceptual Visuals - Dec. 18, 2019
Task Force Meeting 10 - Hear special presentation, discuss feedback, targeted mailing and upcoming open house - Dec. 11, 2019
Task Force Meeting 9
– Hear Special Presentations, Develop Feedback Strategy, Discuss Targeted Mailings - Nov. 25, 2019
Task Force Meeting 8
– Recap/Evaluate Engagement Efforts, Discuss Targeted Mailings, and Discuss Partnerships - Nov. 13, 2019
Task Force Meeting 7
– Finalize Nov. 6 Open House and Other Input Opportunities - October 30, 2019
Task Force Meeting 6
– Prepare for Large Community Meeting and Other Outreach Activities - Oct. 16, 2019
Task Force Meeting 5
– Advance Public Engagement Plan
Task Force Meeting 4
Task Force Meeting 2
– Review Library Block History and Discuss Small Group Action Plans - Sept. 18, 2019
Task Force Meeting 3
Ad Hoc Committee Meeting
– Public Engagement, Subcommittees, Schedule, Deadlines, Information/Data Collection, and Define Park, Civic Space, Commons, Open Space and Green Space - Sept. 4, 2019
– Discuss Deadlines & Small Working Groups - Sept. 3, 2019
– Establish Team Norms & Define Report Parameters - Aug. 21, 2019
Task Force Meeting 1
– Get Organized - Aug. 1, 2019
These meetings were held by a Task Force subcommittee to gather perspectives from neighbors on what they think is important to developing a public Commons that would serve the entire community.
- Library staff: Oct. 10, Downtown library
- Kempf House/HDC: Oct. 14, Kempf House
- Nearby residents: Oct. 15, Third floor library free space
- Nearby business owners: Oct. 21, Third floor library free space
- AATA representatives: Oct. 21, 3rd floor library free space
- DDA members: Oct. 23, DDA offices
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:
Jeff Hayner (council member)
Miles Klapthor, Vice Chair
Meghan Musolff, Chair
Chip Smith (council member)
The following links connect to previous planning documents, studies, presentations, and any other materials that offer context and information regarding the focus area.
Planning Commission resource documents
1989 Library Lot Task Force