Monday neighborhood notes: new trees and brown fields
Winter is a time for planning for the projects you hope to start when the earth thaws. Two sets of plans are in progress for development in neighborhoods: tree plantings to replace ash trees kills by the Emerald Ash Borer, and remediation of the contamination underneath the site of the Georgetown Mall as a part of the development of Packard Square.
City of Ann Arbor
The City of Ann Arbor has a tree planting plan for Fiscal Year 2011 (PDF) which calls for planting 1,000 trees. How much will this project cost, and will there be a new tree planted in your neighborhood? Joel Dalton of the Sierra Club alerted me to planning meetings being organized to gather public input; I'll share those details when I have them.
Brownfield review for Georgetown Mall redevelopment
Courtesy AKTPeerless Environmental and Energy Services
The Brownfield Review Committee (BRC) will meet on Monday, Jan. 24, at 5:30 p.m. in the 4th floor Jury Selection Room in the Justice Center to discuss the Packard Square project on the site of the former Georgetown Mall. The Justice Center is the new addition to City Hall, and the entrance is located off Huron Street. Please look for temporary signs or staff to direct you to the Jury Selection Room.
Public meetings in the Justice Center
Edward Vielmetti | AnnArbor.com
According to city staff, you can ignore the signs at the Justice Center that advise that you can't bring in recording equipment, electronic devices, or newspapers to the public meeting of the Brownfield Review Committee.