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Posted on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 : 8:51 p.m.

Revised Heritage Row proposal wins initial approval from Ann Arbor City Council

By Ryan J. Stanton

The Ann Arbor City Council voted 8-3 tonight in favor of a revised version of the Heritage Row apartments proposal in an effort to stop the demolition of seven century-old homes.

Eight votes are required to approve the 85-unit project when it comes back for final approval next Monday, and tonight's vote is an early indication that it might happen.

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A look at the Heritage Row proposal laid out last year.

The project fell one vote short of approval last year, but some council members are rethinking their position in order to stop another development approved for the same site — the controversial City Place project, which would knock down the seven homes.

Council Members Carsten Hohnke and Mike Anglin, both representatives of the 5th Ward, changed their votes from last year and came out in favor of Heritage Row tonight.

Sabra Briere, D-1st Ward, and Stephen Kunselman, D-3rd Ward, maintained their opposition to the project, while Marcia Higgins, D-4th Ward, who supported the original Heritage Row proposal last year, changed her vote and opposed the project tonight.

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Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 2:09 a.m.

What a joke. and they call this "governing"? These elected officials should be wearing clown suits when they meet.


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 4:04 a.m.

Hence the need to vote against any city council incumbent in November to bring some sanity back, even if they are republican and therefore more conservative. Better that than the clowns we have now!


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 2:03 a.m.

I would like an explanation for the NO votes.


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 1:28 a.m.

Well better late then never.