ANN ARBOR, MI – From one of the last long-running downtown Ann Arbor storefronts to the city agreeing to disclose what discipline results from citizens’ complaints against city police officers, there is a lot going on. things in the Ann Arbor area.
Here are a few headlines you might have missed this week.
What does the loss of Urban Outfitters mean for downtown Ann Arbor?
After three decades of anchoring a premier outlet in downtown Ann Arbor, Urban Outfitters is moving to Briarwood Mall.
Leaving nearly 11,000 square feet of empty space on the ground floor of the State Theater building, it’s one of downtown’s biggest business losses since the Borders Bookstore closed nearly ten years.
“This is a huge loss for the downtown area,” said Frances Todoro-Hargreaves, executive director of the State Street district.
MLive wins FOIA appeal and forces Ann Arbor to disclose information about police discipline
The town of Ann Arbor eventually agreed to disclose what discipline resulted from citizens’ complaints against town police.
The Ann Arbor News / MLive had pressured the city for more than six months to release the information under the Freedom of Information Act before the city changed its position on Wednesday, December 2 in response to a call from MLive.
Ann Arbor City Council member added second story to his house without a permit
The addition of a second floor to the home of Ann Arbor City Council member Jeff Hayner went without a permit, according to city records.
The Town of Ann Arbor Building Department received a complaint about the addition to Hayner’s house on the north side of Ann Arbor this summer, which resulted in a tour of the property by an inspector who identified the violation, said Ann Arbor Building Inspector Glen Dempsey.
Husband and wife killed in apparent murder-suicide in Washtenaw County
A Washtenaw County husband and wife died Tuesday night in an apparent murder-suicide, police said.
Police and rescue teams were called at 8:13 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1 to a house in the 3000 block of Pleasant Lake Road in Lodi Township, southwest of Ann Arbor, over a shooting that had just taken place. produce.
The husband, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene while the woman, 35, was taken to an area hospital where she later died from her injuries.
Suspicious death in Ann Arbor area ruled homicide, victim identified
Police investigating the suspicious death of a man found outside a Pittsfield Township apartment complex on Saturday now treat it as a homicide after a man’s head injury found was confirmed as being a gunshot wound.
Marcus McMullan, 39, of Ypsilanti, was found dead on November 28, when emergency teams were called to the 3200 block of Randolph Court over a report of an unconscious man on the ground.
COVID-19, strikes and stay-at-home orders: look back at the University of Michigan fall semester
A lot has happened in Michigan in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but even “The Twilight Zone” could not have scripted events at the University of Michigan in the past six months .
The Ann Arbor Tomb of the Escaped Slave and the neighboring farmhouse known to be part of the Underground Railroad
The Ann Arbor grave site of John “Felix” White, who escaped slavery in Kentucky in 1844 and found refuge there, living until he was 80 as a free man, is now part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.
The same is true of the neighboring old farmhouse where the self-emancipated man was nearly captured in 1847 by slave hunters who came to look for him on a cheeky kidnapping mission on free soil.
$ 32 million development proposal calls for 120 new condos in southeast Ann Arbor
It’s been over a year since Ann Arbor City Council voted 7-4 to reject a developer’s rezoning request, blocking plans for a 160-unit apartment complex known as Brightdawn Village on Burton Road.
This would have been 40 more units than was allowed under the existing zoning, with 40 affordable housing units for people earning up to 60% and 80% of the region’s median income.
For lack of support, the project died.
Ann Arbor official suggests being ‘sneaky’ to avoid controversy over new plan
Ann Arbor is on the verge of adopting a new comprehensive plan to make the city’s transportation system safer, more accessible and more sustainable.
With the slogan “Ann Arbor: Moving Together Towards Vision Zero”, it reaffirms both the city’s Vision Zero goal of eliminating deaths and serious injuries from city streets by 2025 and the goal A2Zero carbon neutrality of the city to have a transport system that contributes to zero emissions. to climate change by 2030.
As town planning commissioners discussed public engagement strategies on Tuesday night and the importance of emphasizing particular elements of the plan, Lisa Disch, the new council representative on the commission, suggested that it would be best to be “sneaky” about some things that might be controversial if people realize they are in the plan.
New segment opens along Border-to-Border Trail in Ann Arbor area
A new segment of a non-motorized trail that is expected to total 70 miles is open to the public.
Teams began building the Border-to-Border trail segment along the Huron River in Delhi’s Metropark in September and officially opened it to the public in mid-November.
Non-toxic cosmetics, lifestyle boutique opens in Kerrytown, Ann Arbor
Angeline Pratt used to source personal care products from popular beauty stores until she realized that many of the ingredients were toxic.
After studying dietetics, she recognized her passion for the cleanliness of the ingredients that she consumes or applies to her skin. Previously, she had no idea that the products she was using contained toxic elements.
As a result, she opened Bohmey Beauty, a non-toxic and cruelty-free beauty business selling hair, skin care, makeup, home goods and accessories.
Some Ann Arbor parents continue to push for in-person classes, while many Michigan students go virtual
Ann Arbor Public Schools have heard frustrated parents sounding the alarm bells about their children’s needs that have not been met through distance learning alone since the start of the school year.
Others have used school board meetings to pressure the district over the “unattainable” measures they have developed to allow a return to the classroom.
These grievances have become commonplace as AAPS remains one of the 14% of districts in the state that only offer fully distance education. Districts of similar size have either remained in virtual learning throughout the school year or have moved to fully virtual learning in recent weeks.
Ann Arbor nursing home cites COVID-19 pandemic in decision to halve skilled nursing beds
An Ann Arbor senior living facility is pointing the finger at the COVID-19 pandemic in its decision to reduce the number of beds at its nursing and assisted living facility.
Glacier Hills, a member of the St. Joseph Mercy Senior Communities network, will reduce the number of qualified nursing and accommodation support beds by more than 50% and evacuate The Pavillion, the long-term care building of the residence for seniors, Glacier Hills President Craig Courts said in an email.