Ann Arbor DDA invites public to take survey to shape vision for four-block area downtown
Map courtesy of DDA
The survey is the first piece of outreach for the Connecting William Street initiative, which was previously known as Midtown Discovery.
The planning process is dedicated to crafting and implementing strategies to transform five city-owned parking areas into new uses: the Library Lot, Y Lot, the ground floor of the Fourth and William parking structure, Palio Lot, and the Kline Lot.
DDA officials said the initiative will build on past efforts — such as the A2D2 zoning changes — to come up with development priorities for the five city-owned sites.
"We want to see these sites better serve downtown and the community as a whole," said Amber Miller, the DDA's planning and research specialist.
To help guide the process, the DDA invited downtown business owners, employees, and residents, as well as representatives from the city and DDA, to serve on a Leadership and Outreach Committee that has helped shape a creative outreach process.
Through the survey, the DDA invites the community to become engaged in the process and begin shaping priorities and goals for Connecting William Street.
DDA officials hope to receive at least 1,000 responses and reach out to nearly 200 organizations and neighborhood groups before the close of the survey on March 12.
Following the survey, the community will hear about many input opportunities, including public meetings, webinars and a speakers series.
The next Leadership and Outreach Committee meeting is at 2:30 p.m. March 26 at the DDA's offices at 150 S. Fifth Ave.
Those who would prefer to complete a paper survey can email Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734-994-6697.
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