- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A member of the Ann Arbor City Council says he will introduce a resolution directing city staff to draft a plan for establishing a small village of tiny houses on city-owned property across from the YMCA.

Council member Stephen Kunselman announced Tuesday his plans to bring forward the resolution at the next council meeting on June 15, The Ann Arbor News (http://bit.ly/1eNslFu ) reported. Although Kunselman’s colleagues didn’t offer an immediate response to his proposal, the concept of tiny houses has been discussed by community leaders as a means for expanding the supply of affordable housing.

The tiny home communities, which essentially are trailers on parking lots, have been created in other states, Kunselman said. He also noted tiny houses were discussed as a possibility for county-owned property in Ann Arbor, and wants to have a similar conversation about the city-owned property just west of the city’s downtown area.

“Something actually can be done very cheaply and affordably,” he said. “It’s a prime location. It’s near an existing homeless shelter where services are provided. There’s actually even a homeless hostel being operated just up the street.”

The proposed property also includes a surface parking lot and an unoccupied warehouse building that’s now used for storage.

The has plans to establish a greenway anchor park on the site as part of the proposed Allen Creek Greenway, but city officials also have considered allowing a private developer to build on a portion of the property.

“We know that a portion of the property is for the greenway, but the other portion of the property, once we figure out what happens with the building, will make for an interesting discussion,” Kunselman said.

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Information from: The Ann Arbor News, http://www.mlive.com/ann-arbor

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