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​​Who are we?​

City Council established the Council of the Commons by Resolution R-20-397. The Council of the Commons is an advisory body to City Council that will build upon the work of the Center of the City Task Force and provide recommendations for the public spaces on the Center of the City block.​​

If groups are interested in holding events at the Center of the City locations, please contact the Parks Department at [email protected] for events at Liberty Plaza or apply for a special event permit for events at the Library Lane Lot. To apply for a special event permit, please visit the special​ events page. 

The Council of the Commons typically meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. This year's schedule is:​

  • January 6, 2022
  • February 3, 2022
  • March 3, 2022
  • April 7, 2022
  • May 12, 2022
  • June 2, 2022
  • July 7, 2022
  • August 17, 2022
  • September 1, 2022
  • October 6, 2022
  • November 3, 2022
  • December 1, 2022

*This Zoom link can be used for all of the reoccurring​ meetings listed above. Passcode: 643893

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International numbers available​

Commission members

Stephen Borgsdorf
Jennifer Cornell (Block Partners, Near Term Activation)
Alan Haber (Block Partners, Fundraising, Near Term Activation)
Sara Hammerschmidt (Block Partners, ​Comparable Communities)
Geoffrey Henny (Block Partners)
Camilla Lizundia
Rita Mitchell (Comparable Communities)
Alice Ralph (Comparable Communities)
Frank Wilhelme (Comparable Communities, Fundraising)
Adam Zemke (Comparable Communities, Fundraising)
Milton Dohoney
​Erica Briggs (Block Partners, Near Term Activation, Fundraising)
Lisa Disch

​​​​​Special meeting

The Council of the Commons held a special meeting on July 7, 2021 at 4 p.m. to have a deeper discussion on near-term opportunities to activate the space. At this meeting, staff from the city and the Downtown Development Authority shared information and answered questions about the space and processes in place that allow for use of the space. The Council of the Commons then worked to prioritize near-term opportunities and prepare for developing a set of recommendations for City Council. Video of the meeting is available on You​Tube

Background and meeting materials


To provide written comments to the Council of the Commons, please ​email: [email protected]

Staff Liaison:
Heather Seyfarth, AICP, MSW
Systems Planner​
Ann Arbor, MI 48107