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File #: 21-0648    Version: 1 Name: 4/19/21 Development of 1510 E Stadium as Affordable Housing
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 4/19/2021 In control: City Council
On agenda: 4/19/2021 Final action: 4/19/2021
Enactment date: 4/19/2021 Enactment #: R-21-135
Title: Resolution to Direct the Ann Arbor Housing Commission, and its Affiliated Legal Entities, to Develop 1510 E Stadium as Affordable Housing
Related files: 21-0575
Title
Resolution to Direct the Ann Arbor Housing Commission, and its Affiliated Legal Entities, to Develop 1510 E Stadium as Affordable Housing
Memorandum
On April 1, 2019, Ann Arbor City Council adopted Resolution R-19-138 directing the City Administrator to collaborate with the Ann Arbor Housing Commission (AAHC) to provide coordinated analysis on the feasibility of city-owned properties as potential locations for affordable housing. This resolution incorporated previous resolutions R-19-110, R-19-111 and R-19-116.

The Ann Arbor Housing Commission led the analysis along with support from a City staff team and several contractors to determine the feasibility for 11 sites including review of land use and zoning, environmental conditions, financial resources, site -specific costs, and overall risk among other factors. The analysis, three potential portfolio scenarios, and next step recommendations were presented to City Council at the Nov.18, 2019 City Council meeting.

1510 E. Stadium is a suitable site for an affordable housing project but is a lower priority than many of the other properties. The positives are that the site is in a higher income residential neighborhood, on a bus line and near amenities. However, the property is currently Fire Station #2, and houses fire code inspection staff. The AAHC can continue to make progress on due diligence and design but cannot start demolition until the fire department has abandoned the building. The location also does not score competitively for Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, however, the property is eligible for other federal funds as well as City millage funds for affordable housing.

Staff worked with the Damian Farrell Design Group to design options that included re-use of the building and demolition of the building and replacing it with duplexes or a 3-4 story apartment building. The size of the property and lack of on-street parking limits the number of units that can be developed on the site. The ult...

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