Chronology

The following are the updates that were posted to the first page while the Grove project was pending and during the period after the Grove was withdrawn.

September 17, 2014 - No news, the property listing below is still posted on the realtor's web site.

December 26, 2013 -  The 1430 S. Maple site remains on the market.

http://www.griffinproperties.com/real-estate/15-acres-zoned-multifamily-ann-arbor

September 17, 2013 - Five years ago City Council approved the second version of the 42 North site plan. The minutes from the September 8, 2013 Council meeting note the following vote on that plan:

Yeas:  7  -  Mayor Hieftje, Councilmember Rapundalo, Councilmember Lowenstein, Councilmember Greden, Councilmember Higgins, Councilmember Teall and Councilmember Easthope

Nays:  4  -  Councilmember Suarez, Councilmember Kunselman, Councilmember Anglin and Councilmember Briere

Of the yes votes, only Mayor Hieftje and Council Member Teall remain in office. Of the no votes, Council Members Kunselman, Anglin and Briere remain on Council. The shift in the composition of Council was recently covered in an AnnArbor.com story. With a very different Council, we must wonder how our concerns might be received now, if a new project was proposed for this site. Last year we saw a developer (The Grove) lose interest in this site when they learned that they could not rely on the 42 North wetland mitigation plan. We are hopeful that if any development is proposed for this property, it will be appropriate to the neighborhoods.

February 8, 2013 - Neighbors in the area surrounding the old apple orchard on Glendale Drive have organized to protect their neighborhood from the impact of a condominium project proposal. They have a web page that addressed concerns about the Glendale Condo Development. So many of their concerns are like the concerns we had about 42 North.

February 5, 2013 -
There is no activity to report since July 2012 regarding the property at 1430 South Maple Road. No news is good news?

7/22/2012 - AnnArbordotcom posted an article asking What's next for the student housing project proposed for Grace Bible Church site in Ann Arbor? The article notes that the project is on hold while the developer looks for a site closer to campus.

5/2/2012 - We spoke with planning staff at the May 1 Planning Commission meeting. The developer has not had any contact with planning staff since they canceled the pre-submission meeting in February. It appears that the Grove is not going to be built.

4/5/2012 -
Earlier this week we learned from planning staff that the developer has had no further contact with the planning department since it canceled the pre-submission meeting in February. The developer had originally intended to submit its site plan by late January and its failure to do so by April indicates that it is having trouble complying with zoning and/or wetland regulations.

3/20/2012 -
The South Maple Group is now registered as a neighborhood association with the Planning Department and listed on the City's list of Residential Associations.

2/29/2012 - Jack Eaton applied with the City to register the South Maple Group as a neighborhood association, which should entitle us to notifications about this project.

2/29/2012 -
Planning staff informed us that The Grove petitioners cancelled their pre-submission meeting last week and did not file their plan by the February 27 deadline. Apparently, the developers can reschedule the pre-submission meeting and follow-up by filing a plan. We will try to find out more.

2/9/2012 -
As you know, we are concerned about the City Council's reliance on a confidential legal opinion from the City Attorney. After the citizens participation meeting on February 8, Jack spoke with Council Members Anglin and Teall about gaining access to the content of that legal opinion. Council Member Teall offered to talk to the City Attorney to find out what process would need to be followed to release the secret legal opinion to the public. For more about that legal opinion, see our pages "Legal Advice" and "Health, Safety and Welfare".

2/1/2012 - Campus Crest announced that it will hold a second citizens’ participation meeting for the apartment project called The Grove, proposed to be located on 15 acres of land at 1430 South Maple Road in Ann Arbor. The meeting is being held at the request of some of the attendees of the first citizens’ participation meeting to review ongoing progress in the development of documents to be submitted to the City of Ann Arbor for site plan approval of the project.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Dicken Elementary School, 2135 Runnymede, Ann Arbor, MI  48103


1/24/2012 -
We asked planning staff why neighbors who live within 1000 feet of the project (but not in the City) were not provided notice of the meeting. They are looking into ways to include non-city residents. We also asked whether a staff member had been assigned to the Grove project. That assignment will not be made until the developer submits a site plan to planning.

1/20/2012
- Council Members Anglin and Lumm let us know that they would be unable to attend the citizens participation meeting, but will be monitoring the progress of this project. Council Member Teall attended the meeting and we sent her a thank you note for taking the time to listen to the neighborhood concerns. We did not hear from the Mayor or the other Council Members we invited.

1/14/2012 - Jack Eaton sent an email to Fourth and Fifth Ward Council Members Higgins, Teall, Hohnke and Anglin (cc'd to Mayor Hieftje and Council Members Briere, Kunselman and Lumm). The message said:

Dear Council Members,

As announced by Council Member Teall during the recent Council meeting, a developer has announced plans to develop the 15 acre site at 1430 South Maple. The site is within the Fifth Ward, immediately adjacent to the Fourth Ward, Dicken neighborhood. As Fifth and Fourth Ward representatives, I hope you will take the time to attend the developer's citizens participation meeting. I encourage other interested Council members to also attend.

The Grove Citizen's Participation Meeting 
Thursday January 19th from 6:30 to 8pm
Grace Bible Church, 1300 South Maple Road.
Ann Arbor MI 48103

We anticipate significant interest from the neighborhoods surrounding this site. I hope you will attend and listen to the concerns of your constituents.

Thank you,
Jack Eaton

1/13/2012 - Ann Arbor dot com has an article about the Grove development and public participation meeting. Click here to read that posting. There are some interesting comments after the article.

1/13/2012 - The City sent out the following message to those who are signed up to receive email notices about pending developments:

The Grove, a proposed residential development just southwest of the corner of Pauline and South Maple, will be submitted to the City for site plan approval of 224 apartment units on 15 acres.  The petitioner has scheduled a citizen participation meeting for the project.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 6:30 pm in the Grace Bible Church fellowship hall, 1300 S. Maple Road.

For more information about the city's Citizen Participation Ordinance requirements, please contact Planning Services at (734) 794-6265 or planning@a2gov.org.

1/10/2012 - A new project has been announced for the property at 1430 South Maple, commonly known as the 42 North site. A neighbor received a postcard on Monday January 9 announcing a new project called THE GROVE, that is planned for the 42 North site.  This project is for 224 apartments which will each have 2 or 3 bedrooms. The plan is to have leasing and amenity spaces in addition to the residential units. The plan mentions "attendant parking" which has been described as 600 parking spaces in the media coverage.
 
The required citizen's participation meeting will be held on Thursday January 19th from 6:30 to 8pm at Grace Bible Church, 1300 South Maple Road. The developer plans to seek formal site plan approval by the city in late January 2012.

For additional info, contact J Bradley Moore And Associates Architects at 734-930-1500 or thegroveapartmentsaa@gmail.com
 
Under the requirements of the Citizens Participation Ordinance, the announcement should have been sent to property owners and addresses within 1,000 feet of the project. The notice should also have been sent to registered neighborhood groups within 1,000 feet of the project site.

Please note that we have started a new page specifically to follow this new development. Updates will be posted on this front page and details will be included on the new page called Fourth Plan (2012).

1/2/2012 - Happy New Year! A couple of neighbors have reported receiving phone calls from a survey company asking questions about development in our neighborhood. The following messages cover the subject well:
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Neighbor 1
To: Neighbor 2
Sent: Wed, Dec 28, 2011 4:20 pm
Subject: Building again on Maple?

Neighbor,

I just got a survey phone call re: our neighborhood. Questions included: Would you be opposed to a business adjacent to your neighborhood? Would you be opposed to a multi-level apartment building adjacent to your neighborhood? Do you think college students are an asset to your neighborhood?

Are there plans to build on Maple floating around again?
If you hear anything, let me know.

Thanks and have a great Holiday break!

Neighbor 1.

---Reply message---

From: neighbor 2
Date: December 28, 2011 4:32:12 PM EST
To: neighbor 1, jack eaton
Subject: Re: Building again on Maple?

Hi,
 
Thanks for this information.  I will pass it along to Jack Eaton who keeps track of this sort of thing.
 
I remember when the condos went in on S Maple across from Dicken Dr.  Near-by neighbors were asked if they would rather have condos or a building such as a Seven-11.  Most neighbors said they would rather have the condos.  The correct answer, of course, was NEITHER.
 
We need to be very careful.  We are not necessarily opposed to any of these. We are opposed to improper use of the land and all of these things would not be proper for that piece of property.
 
Let's see what Jack says.
 
Neighbor 2

Updates regarding the third plan have been moved to the page Third Plan (2009-10).

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