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File #: 22-1765    Version: 1 Name: 11/21/22 Resolution to Direct the Exploration of Alternative Uses for GSA Site (200 E. Liberty)
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 11/21/2022 In control: City Council
On agenda: 11/21/2022 Final action: 11/21/2022
Enactment date: 11/21/2022 Enactment #: R-22-373
Title: Resolution to Direct the Exploration of Alternative Uses for GSA Site (200 E. Liberty Street)
Sponsors: Erica Briggs, Lisa Disch

Title

Resolution to Direct the Exploration of Alternative Uses for GSA Site (200 E. Liberty Street)

Memorandum

This resolution directs the City Administrator to conduct exploratory conversations with the federal government (GSA), to determine if the federal building known colloquially is “the GSA site” at 200 E. Liberty Street would provide greater benefit to the community if it were programmed for different uses, such as for housing, retail, office, public space, or some other use that would encourage more office or commercial uses in the downtown, greater housing density in our urban core, and a more activated street level experience for Ann Arborites and visitors to our downtown.

Staff

Prepared by: John Fournier, Deputy City Administrator

Reviewed by: John Fournier, Deputy City Administrator

Approved by: Milton Dohoney Jr., City Administrator

Body

Whereas, The federal government owns and operates the property at 200 E. Liberty Street (the GSA site) as limited office use for various federal agencies, and as a retail post office location;

 

Whereas, The current building does not conform with the zoning requirements for downtown buildings;

 

Whereas, The current building does not provide a sufficient density of office space, nor any housing, nor is it configured in a way to promote a pedestrian activated retail corridor, like much of the rest of downtown; and

 

Whereas, Changing the configuration and use of the property may support economic development in downtown, promote job density and contribute to the health of our retail sector in the downtown, and potentially move a large and centrally located parcel onto the tax roles providing needed financial support for the city’s general fund functions;

 

RESOLVED, That the City Council declares that the GSA Site may better serve the interests of the Ann Arbor community if buildings on that site were built to our current zoning standards and activated with a denser footprint of jobs, housing, and public space; and

 

RESOLVED, That the City Council directs the City Administrator to engage with federal officials to determine interest in future changes to the use of the property.

 

Sponsored by:  Councilmembers Briggs and Disch