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Posted on Mon, Jan 24, 2011 : 12:15 p.m.

Monday neighborhood notes: new trees and brown fields

By Edward Vielmetti

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.

Tree planting


Proposed tree planting areas for the City of Ann Arbor.

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


A drain associated with abandoned dry cleaning equipment at a former dry cleaners at the Georgetown Mall is seen in this May 2010 photo provided to the Brownfield Review Committee.

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


Even though the sign suggests otherwise, City of Ann Arbor staff indicate that citizens may bring recording devices and cameras to the Brownfield Review Committee meeting at the Justice Center this evening.

Edward Vielmetti |

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.

Edward Vielmetti collects maps and signs for