We are the Library Green Conservancy, a group of residents working with the local community and the City of Ann Arbor to create public park next to the downtown branch of the Ann Arbor District Library.


Help define our Library Block!

The Ann Arbor community has a unique opportunity to shape what will become the primary public space in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor. The Library Green Conservancy will update this page to inform you here about opportunities to have your voice heard.

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April 2013 Edition

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3 Responses to Welcome!

  1. thank you for helping our community

  2. Lorri Sipes says:

    I live at 322 E. Liberty, overlooking the Library Lot, and what I hope will someday be Ann Arbor Central Park. I am a former DDA Chair, architect and city planner. Yesterday I spoke at the presentation by two developers who have prepared proposals for the development of Library Lot. I sense that there is an opening to stop, or at least re-wind the process for development of this site based on a few factors:
    1. The feedback at the 3pm meeting was primarily against the size of the development but more importantly, the process itself.
    2. We are in the midst of major turn-overs in City Hall including City Manager, Director of Planning and Fifth Ward representation.
    3. Approval of Briere’s proposal to study moving Arthur Miller’s house to Liberty Plaza indicates, to me at least, that there are other factors at work on this block than we know about.

    We should take advantage of this possible opening to move the conversation back to creating a real public place on the only publicly-owned block in central Ann Arbor.

    Lorri D. Sipes, FAIA

  3. phyllis ponvert says:

    Hi Will and Mary,
    I’m sending you the text of a city council resolution regarding the lease or sale of the Library Lot.
    This resolution will be presented at the city council mtg this Thursday Nov.5.
    I sent it to the Wurster Park list and a list of a larger group of neighborhoods.

    The title of the resolution states that it would require voter approval to lease or sell any part of the Library Lot, but the last sentence mentions “an ‘advisory vote’ to inform Council’s decision.”
    I don’t know what to make of that, since the first vote would be binding, and the second a non-binding vote..
    This Thursday, Nov.5th at 7 PM city council will vote on a resolution regarding the sale or lease of the Library Lot.
    This is the full text of the resolution as of Nov.1, 2015 Taken from the City Council Agenda for Nov.5

    Resolution to Require Voter Approval for Any Agreement to Sell or Lease Development Rights to Any Portion of the Library Lot Site
    Whereas, The publicly owned Library Lot has been viewed as the future site for Ann Arbor’s ‘town square’ by generations of citizens, including those who participated in the 1988 City Council process that resulted in the 1991 Luckenbach/Ziegelman report;
    Whereas, Fifteen years later, another City Council-led public process reaffirmed the goal of creating a central ‘town square’ on Library Lot as recorded in the 2006 Calthorpe Report;
    Whereas, The Downtown Development Authority designed and built the Library Lane parking structure to include a public plaza on the ground level,
    Whereas, A February 2010 Ann Arbor Democratic Party resolution stated, in part, “…the selling or leasing of the Library Lot to any private parties should not happen without approval of the voters of Ann Arbor;”
    Whereas, The response to a public opinion survey in the Downtown Development Authority’s 2012 Connecting William Street process demonstrated a strong preference for a public open space on the Library Lot and the Connecting William Street report recommended a public plaza of 6,000 or more square feet on the Fifth Avenue portion of the Library Lot site;
    Whereas, The 2013 Parks Advisory Commission public opinion survey received a 76 percent response in favor of more downtown parks and specifically identified the Library Lot as the best location, and the Parks Advisory Commission recommended a public park greater in size than the 6,000 square foot plaza recommended by the DDA;
    Whereas, In 2014 City Council identified a specific 12,000 square foot location for a future urban public park on the Library Lot and initiated a process for the development of the rest of the site that stipulated design, maintenance and operation goals for future public open space;
    Whereas, The City of Ann Arbor issued a 2015 Memorandum of Offering to solicit development proposals for the surface of the Library Lot that stipulated a commitment to reserving “12,000 square feet fronting the site for a civic plaza or other public space,”
    Whereas, At the two October 22, 2015 public meetings the overwhelming negative response to the two resulting development proposals focused on their inadequate response to the requirements for the public open space component;
    Whereas, City Council has repeatedly treated the publicly owned Library Lot site as the location for a future public park, and development of the Library Lot for any purpose must be undertaken so that it does not negatively impact this potential, long anticipated public park,
    RESOLVED, That City Council shall submit the sale or lease of development rights to any portion of the Library Lot site to an advisory vote of the citizens of Ann Arbor to inform Council’s decision.
    Sponsored by: Council Members Briere, Eaton and Kailasapathy”

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