Lots of action in the news today about local planning issues. The AATA has approved buying the YMCA for $3.5 million, significantly less than the Y was hoping for, and the article doesn’t note the potential terms – like whether or not the bus station will include mixed-use development or continue to contain low income housing, as the site has now. The City Council must now vote to approve the deal.

Also, as I predicted University is planning to build yet another parking garage on the location of the Planada Building, set to be destroyed within the month. Hopefully, the structure includes rentable retail space on the ground floor, but I doubt their ability to live up to my new urbanist expectations.

Student Ghetto Break-ins:
“1600 block of South University Avenue, 3 p.m. Tuesday. Entry through bedroom window; laptop computer and power cord taken. Total value: $1,450.

Finally, articles of note:
> Freep: “Former President Ford joins building dedication”
> Det. News: “U-M seeks to recover costs tied to Webber”

Author: Rob