Several hundred units of affordable housing possible at these 9 Ann Arbor sites

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ANN ARBOR, MI — While city voters decide the fate of a proposed tax for affordable housing, Ann Arbor leaders are taking a closer look at projects it could help fund.

City officials and design consultants discussed potential affordable housing developments on nine city-owned sites during a City Council work session Tuesday night, Oct. 13.

Here’s a look at options Housing Commission Executive Director Jennifer Hall and the consultants presented.

Ann Arbor affordable housing

These are the seven city-owned sites in or near downtown where Ann Arbor officials and consultants discussed affordable housing development options during a City Council work session Oct. 13, 2020. They also discussed other sites outside of downtown, including 1510 E. Stadium Blvd. and 2000 S. Industrial Highway.SmithGroup

Stadium and South Industrial sites

The Housing Commission has hired the Damian Farrell Design Group to explore the feasibility of affordable housing developments on city-owned properties at 1510 E. Stadium Blvd. and 2000 S. Industrial Highway.

2000 S. Industrial Highway

The South Industrial Highway site currently has a water tower, gas-filling station for city-owned vehicles and buildings used by various city departments, including the Housing Commission. What’s shown in red would be demolished for new development. Damian Farrell Design Group

2000 S. Industrial Highway

This option for the South Industrial Highway site shows a new three-story Housing Commission office and adjacent maintenance facility (shown in green) plus 30 units of affordable housing in a separate four-story building with parking on the ground level. Estimated construction cost: $10.3 million. Housing cost per unit: $204,632.Damian Farrell Design Group

2000 S. Industrial Highway

This option for a “mega building” at the South Industrial Highway site shows 42 affordable units and a new Housing Commission office all in one five-story building, plus a separate maintenance building shown in green. Housing Commission offices would be on the second floor, above first-floor parking. Estimated construction cost: $12.3 million. Housing cost per unit: $183,752.Damian Farrell Design Group

Fire Station 2

A look at the current Ann Arbor Fire Department building at 1510 E. Stadium Blvd. Formerly a fire station, it now functions as an office for the city’s fire prevention bureau. (Ryan Stanton | The Ann Arbor News)

1510 E. Stadium Blvd.

This option for the 1510 E. Stadium Blvd. site shows a four-story building with 23 affordable housing units. Estimated construction cost: $4.3 million. Housing cost per unit: $188,488.Damian Farrell Design Group

1510 E. Stadium Blvd.

This option for the 1510 E. Stadium Blvd. site shows a four-story building with new Housing Commission offices and maintenance operations, but no affordable housing. Estimated construction cost: $4.6 million.Damian Farrell Design Group

1510 E. Stadium Blvd.

This option for the 1510 E. Stadium Blvd. site shows an adaptive reuse of the existing building to create nine affordable housing units. Estimated construction cost: $2.9 million. Housing cost per unit: $324,516.Damian Farrell Design Group

The design team also explored options for modular housing that would be pre-fabricated in a factory, said Tresna Taylor, project architect with the Damian Farrell Design Group.

“There are advantages with time and with budget by doing this,” she said.

That includes these options:

1510 E. Stadium Blvd.

This option for the 1510 E. Stadium Blvd. site shows four side-by-side duplexes with eight affordable housing units. Estimated construction cost: $2.2 million. Housing cost per unit: $274,494.Damian Farrell Design Group

1510 E. Stadium Blvd.

This option for the 1510 E. Stadium Blvd….



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