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TnE MICHIGAN DAILY

SUNDAY, 98 FEBRUARY 1965

SUNDAY, 28 FEBRUARY 1965

THE- MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE TWO THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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PLANNER'S HEADACHE:
cU' Students Provoke Boom in Apartment

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By RAYMOND HOLTON
University students are the fun-
damental cause of the recent surge
in apartment building in Ann
Arbor.
In turn, the extensive apartment
building and multiple family hous-
ing unit construction, are the fun-
damental causes for concern
among city council and planners.
City planners and council mem-
bers are trying to approach some
sort of zoning philosophy for the
outskirts of town to accommodate
the demand for multiple family
dwelling units.
Incompatibility
City Planning Director Robert
M. Leary said that the problem
concerns an "area of incompati-
bility."
This problem arises in the out-
lying districts when there is a pro-
posal for a zone change for mul-
tiple family dwelling in a predom-
inantly single-family district.
This problem does not have any
direct effect on the University's
central campus area which is al-
ready zoned for multiple family
use.
However, the problems which do
confront the University student
population can be listed in two
categories:
1) The availability of centrally-
located housing, for all students,
disregarding their race, color or
religion which often influences a
landlord's decision as to whether
or not he will rent to a particular
person, and;
2) The availability of housing
for graduate and married students
who have families and cannot af-
Seek Housing
For 'Moderate
Income' People
(Continued from Page 3)
they really could be classified as
"campus housing."
High land costs in the central
Ann Arbor area prevent such low
income projects from being con-
structed. These projects are only
eligible for the FHA aid if the land
cost is no more than.10 per cent
of the total project cost. This
makes it impossible to construct
such projects in the campus area
for the University student body's
benefit.
Aside from the graduate-student
families, there are a number of
families who live outside Ann Ar-
bor but work in the city. The
number of these families has been
estimated at 9000. A large major-
ity of them would like to live in
the city.
It has also been estimated that
more than 750 Negro families
would like to move into the city,
but cannot because of high hous-
ing costs.
Concrete Action
It takes more concrete action
and initiative to supply the impe-
tus for building a housing project
which can take advantage of
federal aid.
Another group, the Conference
on Religion and Race, is currently
studying the problem. However,
the actual initiative for such pro-
jects usually comes from private
groups.

ford higher rents of near-campus views the problem.
housing. Newton, who is also chairman
City Action of the board's public affairs com-
City officials are doing their mittee, said there is a definite de-
best to cope with the problem. As mand for multiple family housing
a result, city council last year units in Ann Arbor.
called a moratorium on zoning Stringency
requests put before it by investors He added that although realtors
seeking to profit from the current do not have many dealings with
demand for multiple family hous- land sales for multiple family
ing and apartments, dwellings, "stringency on granting
Pressures arise from various sec- petitions to these firms has a det-
tors of the urban community. rimental effect on the economy of
Residents protesting multiple the city.
family zoning have applied pres- "Construction projects and the
sure by presenting a "sea of faces" attraction of new residents con-
at council meetings. tributes handsomely to the city's
Meanwhile, realtors and con- economy," he noted.
tractors are applying an equal but Since Newton makes contact
opposite pressure. with multiple family dwelling in-
Council u 1 t im a t e 1 y decides vestors, he is able to recognize
whether it will grant a petition to some of the problems they face.
builders requesting permits for "There is a substantial amount
multiple family housing. However, of risk involved for the investor
its decisions are not based on its here. True, the units are very
constituency's protest or pressure profitable; but there are also a lot
from building concerns alone, of headaches which accompany
City Plan the investment." Newton re-
Rather, council must consider marked.
reports and findings of the plan- Newton added that renting to
ning commission, which attempts students involves a short-term
to lay out a city plan containing a lease, whereas more settled ten-
satisfying pattern. ants give the housing a more se-
In the planning commission's cure investment.
annual report for last year it re- Future Expansion
ported that nearly all of its time Asked about future expansion of
was used in dealing with multiple such developments, Newton replied
family zoning. that it depends on "the housing
Leary said that the commission, policies of the University, the zon-
in making such zoning decisions, ing policies of the city, and, of
does not control "the technique of course, the availability of con-
ownership." That is, it makes no struction sites.
difference to the commission who Newton's work on the public af-
the petitioners are or what kind of fairs committee involves learning
ownership set-up it is operating the public sentiment about such
under. issues as multiple family housing,
Council wants to satisfy the in- which the committee intends to
terested parties as well as appear study. He claims that multiple
consistent with its own planning family dwellings are compatible
commission in considering mul- with single family residences.
tiple-family zoning. "Whether or not a multiple
Kelly Newton, a member of the family unit could lower the value
Ann Arbor Board of Realtors, ex- of neighboring single family units
plained after council announced depends on the multiple unit's ap-
the moratorium how a realtor pearance," Newton said.
GO CO-OP THIS SUMMER
RELAX:
No grocery toting, fewer dishwashing
problems. Be your own landlord!
UNCROWDED:
All house capacities reduced in summer.
Sign for eight or sixteen weeks:
Room and board : $17.00 per week,
Plus five hours work per week.
Boarding only: $11.00 per week
plus some work.

This includes architectural de- i
sign as well as the maintenance s
of the premises, he added.
The objections which have been I
A few huzzahs anc
thank you's to a hz
crew who helped
The Apartment Sup
HARRY BLOCH, JUD'
BARBARA JOHNSTOI
SYDNEY PAUKER, SU
CY WELLMAN.
With Special Thani
MR. CHATTERS AND
AUDRIE HILTON, MF
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now
leasing~
University Tower Apartments are now
leasing for August occupancy. How
can it be done? The towers are being
built on the Critical Path Method of
scheduling. C.P.M. is the scientific
method developed by the government
which enables a builder to schedule
and pinpoint his building completion
with infallable accuracy. C.P.M. has
set the completion date on the Towers
for August.
Leases are now being signed for the
Towers.
SPACIOUS STUDENT
DESIGNED APARTMENTS
University Towers are roomy and de-
signed specifically for students. Each
bedroom - study, for example, has

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built-in student desks, a closet for
each person, 8 deep drawers per per-
son. Each bed has a built-in bed
lamp and divider between beds for
privacy. Living room and bedrooms
ore completely carpeted to keep noise
to a minimum and air conditioned for
your comfort. Check the features and
you will see why the Towers is the
best buy in student apartments.
CHECK THE MANY
EXCLUSIVE FEATURES
* Location-On Campus
! Lounges with Vending Machines
and Color TVs
" Coin Laundry on First Floor
" Bike Storage
3 Hi Speed Selectomatic
Elevators

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* Weekly Maid Service
*12 Cubic Foot Refrigerators
with Freezer Tops
" G.E. Garbage Disposal
d Compartmentalized Baths with
Double Wash Basins
" Ceramic Tile Stall Showers
in Most Apartments
s Ample Bookshelves and
Tack Board
Individual Closets with Full
Length Sliding Mirror Closet
Doors
" Luggage Storage in Basement
" Linen Service Optional
" Student Oriented Shops on
First Floor
" Trash Chutes on Each Floor
* UHF Antenna
" Wired for WCBN

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Contact Inter-Co-Op Council

Room 2546 S.A.B.

Tel. NO 8-6872

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