SOLUTIONS & INNOVATIVE IDEAS for the Platt Road site
We oppose any housing development on the Platt Road site next to County Farm Park in Ann Arbor, MI .
Washtenaw County owns the 13-acre site at 2270 Platt Road next to County Farm Park, This site also borders a residential neighborhood and is near office areas. The County previously used this site for offices and a juvenile detention center, which have since been demolished. A community garden run by Project Grow occupies a portion of the site.
The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners appointed the Platt Road Advisory Committee (CAC) to explore uses for this site. The committee's recommendation was to use the site for affordable housing. A community design session (charette) was held in August, 2014 to gain community input (www.plattroad.org). All design outputs from the charrette were mandated to include an affordable housing component (as it was funded by MSHDA). Many citizens were disappointed and very frustrated with the charrette process as did not allow for design options that were void of affordable housing. Many innovative ideas regarding recreation, renewable energy, agriculture, and preservation were not fully developed or included in the recommendation to the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners (BoC) by the CAC and the Washtenaw County Office of Community & Economic Development (Staff).
Citizens for Responsible Planning for Platt Road (CRPP) is opposing Staff's recommendation of the CAC Plan, which is to to develop this site for Mixed Income Housing (90-110 units for 80%, 50% & 30% of area median income).