Center of the City Task Force hosts open house on Jan. 15

Please join the Ann Arbor Center of the City Task Force on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, from 6-8 p.m., at the SPARK offices located at 330 East Liberty St., for a Center of the City community open house to hear feedback on the preliminary recommendations developed so far by the Center of the City Task Force.

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 R-19-135 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 re​commendations for City Council to advance the shared vision.

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Current status
The Task Force is in the process of reviewing community input and will soon be developing preliminary recommendations.

Public meetings
Open House – collecting feedback on preliminary recommendations
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020
6 – 8 p.m.
330 East Liberty Street – Spark Offices
Ann Arbor, MI 48104​

Task Force Meeting 11 – Discuss Feedback, Targeted Mailing, Work Session, Open House, and Conceptual Visuals
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019
4 p.m.
Larcom City Hall Basement meeting room
301 East Huron St.
Ann Arbor, MI
Agenda and meeting materials ​​
Task Force Meeting 10 – Hear special presentation, discuss feedback, targeted mailing and upcoming open house – Dec. 11, 2019​

Agenda and meeting materials ​​
​​​Task Force Meeting 9 – Hear Special Presentations, Develop Feedback Strategy, Discuss Targeted Mailings – Nov. 25, 2019​
Agenda & Meeting Mater​ials
Kelbaugh P​resentation (PDF)
Task Force Meeting 8 – Recap/Evaluate Engagement Efforts, Discuss Targeted Mailings, and Discuss Partnerships – Nov. 13, 2019​
​​Agend​a & Meeting​​​ Materials
Meeting video​​​
​Task Force Meeting 7 – Finalize N​ov. 6 Open House and Other Input Opportunities – October 30, 2019
Agenda & Meeting Materials​
Task Force Meeting 6 – Prepare for Large Community Meeting and Other Outreach Activities – Oct. 16, 2019
Agenda & Meeting Materials
Meeting video
Task Force Meeting 5 – Advance Public Engagement Plan
Agenda & Meeting Mat​erials ​
Meeting vi​deo
Task Force Meeting 4 – Review Library Block History and Discuss Small Group Action Plans – Sept. 18, 2019​
Agenda​ & Meeting Materials​
Meeting video
Meetin​g presentation (PDF)
Task Force Meeting 3 – Public Engagement, Subcommittees, Schedule, Deadlines, Information/Data Collection, and Define Park, Civic Space, Commons, Open Space and Green Space ​- Sept. 4, 2019
Agenda & Meeting Materials
Meeting video
Ad Hoc Committee Meeting – Discuss Deadlines & Small Working Groups – Sept. 3, 2019​

Task Force Meeting 2 – Establish Team Norms & Define Report Parameters – Aug. 21, 2019​
Agenda & Meeting Materials
Meeting​ video
Task Force Meeting 1 – Get Organized – Aug. 1, 2019​
Agenda & Meeting​ Materials ​​​​

Neighborhood meetings
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 li brary 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:

Hannah Boettcher
Ann Dilcher
Alan Haber
John Haines​
Jeff Hayner (council member)
Miles Klapthor, Vice Chair
Carolyn Loh
Meghan Musolff, Chair
Chip Smith (council member)
Norman Tyler
Dean Yang