As Ann Arbor undergoes an unprecedented construction boom, City Hall is moving to sell and commercially develop publicly owned land adjacent to the Downtown Public Library. Despite assurances that the land would be used as a public park, City Hall is now considering proposals to build a 15-17 story building on the site. In response, the Library Green Conservancy is asking council to reject both proposals as being inconsistent with City Council Resolution 14-0334, calling for a 12,000 sq feet public park.
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Please read and share our Citizen’s Report on the Reuse of the Top of the Library Lot! You can read it online and even print it out after downloading the pdf file.
One of the most comprehensive and up-to-date sources regarding the Library Lot is the “Local in Ann Arbor” blog. This website welcomes suggestions for other links and relevant information.
Use the links below to find more information about the Library Lot, Ann Arbor’s planning process and the success of central parks and public spaces in generating positive outcomes for downtowns.
- Satellite view of the library lot circa spring 2010
- Ann Arbor DDA Connecting William Street Project
- City of Ann Arbor RFP for the library lot
- Ann Arbor developers, officials eyeing downtown properties, September 2012
- Advocates for Library Green speak to Board, Ann Arbor Chronicle, August 2011
- Library Lot – Bottom to Top, Ann Arbor Chronicle, August 2011
- New York’s Highline Project Should Inspire Ann Arbor, March 2012
- Ann Arbor’s Missing Central Park, January 2013
- Library Green advocates speak at Parks Advisory Commission, February 2013
- The South Fifth Ave. Underground Parking Structure, Local in Ann Arbor
- The Library Lot, the DDA and the RFP Process, Local in Ann Arbor
- Parking Deck Construction Continues, July 18, 2011
- Ann Arbor Public Library Director Josie Parker, Concentrate, July 2010
- Parks Plan and Downtown Open Space, Ann Arbor Chronicle, June 2010
- Parks Plan and the Greenway, Ann Arbor Chronicle, July 2011
- Library Lot Discussion at DDA meeting, June 2012
- Ann Arbor Downtown Plan, May 2009 (pdf)
- Calthorpe Process 2005
- Calthorpe Report 2006 (pdf)
- Luckenbach Study of the Library Block, June 1991 (pdf)
- Public Land — Public Process
- Arbor Update — Let’s Talk Conference Center
- Allen Creek Greenway Conservancy
Public Parks: A key to successful downtowns
- The Re-Emergence of the Public Square: Public Squares enhance urban livability and provide new anchors to downtown development. November 2010.
- Key Quality of Place Characteristics, July 2011.
- Urban Green: Innovative parks for resurgent cities (book review)
- The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, (classic Wm. H. Whyte film study)
- New Plaza for Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Parking Lots as Public Spaces
Boston’s Post Office Square is an example of a hugely successful downtown public park created atop an underground parking structure:
Falls Park in downtown Greenville, South Carolina is an engine for economic development.
Paley Park in New York City is a very popular gathering place with a cascading water feature and moveable chairs.
Campus Martius – with its popular ice rink – has helped to transform the center of Detroit.