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Page Six


Sunday, October 17, 1971


proceeds wit/i student

housing plans


(Continued from Page 1)
require additional land purchas-
es on the part of the University.
The Northwood-Terrace Assoc-
iation (N-TA) the group which
opposes the site-feels that the
Housing Office has not taken in-
to consideration the "social
costs" of this project.
'The Housing Office proposed,
and accepted this site without
consulting us at all," says Ron
Beck, a member of N-TA.
"We have asked the University
Planning Office to do a compat-
ibility study to determine the im-
pact of mixing a large number of
single students with families. We
feel that the University has only
analyzed the financial cost and
ignored totally the social cost of
this site," Beck added.
If the Northwood site is cho-
sen over the objections of N-TA
the University will select a con-
sultant to draw up detailed spe-
cifications. These specifications
will then be sent to construction
companies for their bids.
The preliminary plans call for
seven medium-rise four -story
buildings. Of the seven buildings,

four are expecetd to contain
close to 40 units of housing, two
will contain around 30 units,
and one will have 20 units and
a child day care center attached.
206 units of housing are being
planned with 19 designated as
economy one-bedroom apart-
ments and another 19 units as
regular one-bedroom apartments.
The bulk of the housing-130
units - will be two bedroom
apartments with 38 planned as
three-bedroom untis.
The economy one-bedroom
apartments are designed to give
the same privacy : and conveni-
ence as a regular one-bedroom
except they will be slightly
The 206 units will have a rmtiu-
imum occupancy of 824 tenants,
assuming that only one student
occupies a bedroom and that all
units are rented..
The preliminary plans call for
bedrooms large enough for stu-
dents-if they wish-to have two
or possibly three beds in each
bedroom. This would enable stu-
dents to greatly reduce 'ne cost
of living in these apartments.

Each separate building w4l al-
so have its own storage area
and laundry facilities. The stor-
age area will be fenced off so
that each apartment will have
its own lockable storage space.
The Housing Office plans that
these apartments will be well
constructed and will provide all
the features students have indi-
cated they want in housing.
A study on student housing
done in 1969 by the University
Institute of Social Research,
shows that the top featur s con-
sidered essential by students
were a bathtub/shower unit, ade-
quate closets, cooking facilities,
furnishings, private parking, and
laundry facilities nearby.
The apartments are expected
to include well-furnished living
space, complete cooking facili-
ties, and adequate study space.
The apartments will also be air-
The reason for what might be
called the "lavish" furnishings
is to entice students to move out
to North Campus. The housing
office hopes to have the apart-
ments filled to 95 percent capa-
city during the fall and winter
and 50 percent during the sum-
With the University planning
to keep a stable enrollment over
the next few years there may be
problems filling the new hous-
The main complaint of many

students is the distance of North
Campus from Central Campus
and the feeling of isolation that
The University hopes that by
adding a large number of su-
dents to this area it il in-
crease the sense of community
and lessen the feeling of isola-
The drive for low-cost student
housing has continued for many
years in Ann Arbor.
In 1967 the main focus of the
Student Advisory Committee on
Housing (SACH) was to explore
the possibility of very low cost
housing around the central cam-
pus area. The rents were hoped
to be as low as $50 per month.
The main reason for a Central
Campus site was to keep the
traffic from any new housing
mainly pedestrian.
The aim of SACH over the
early years stayed on cheap cen-
tral campus housing. It wasn't
until late 1968 to early 1969 that
the Commitee shifted its a rd to
North Campus.
The reasons given 'or the shift
were the high cost of acquiring
land in the Central Campus area
and the high cost of developing
that land. Another factor was the
availability of land already own-
ed by the University out on North
The final blow against inexpoii-
sive Central Campus housing

came in July, 1970 xnen the
committee was informed that
HUD did not have the funds to
finance the housing.
During this time, student sup-
port for low-cost housing was
increasing. Demonstrations and
mass meetings were called, pro-
posals were presented . to the
Regents all with no visible res-
Two other groups also tried to
gather funds to start housing
projects. However both of the
projects, one planned by the
Inter - Cooperative Council and
the other by the three Univer-
sity Credit unions, fell through
for lack of funding.
The project proposed by the
students', University c nployees',
and the hospital employees' cre-
dit unions was to entailt>00 units
of housing spread over 25 acres
to be situated at Glacier Way
and Huron Parkway.
The credit unions had applied
to HUD for partial backing but
funds were not available.
The housing situation in Ann
Arbor grew increasingly worse
and. to dramatize the problem,
the Tenants Union fTU .estab-
lished a Tent City on the Diag
last fall. Ten to 15 ,its were

set up on the Diag and people
lived there until the University
forced them to leave on the
grounds they constituted a health
.Continuing pressure was plac-
ed on the University and' its Re-
gents until last spring, when
they passed approval of the pro-
ject now being planned.
The project--while not the type
nor the quantity of housing de-
sired-appears to be the only
hope for student housing in the
near future.
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Controversy '71
David Harris
Prisoner for 20 months for draft re-
fusal. Leader of prison strikes for bet-
ter prison conditions.
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1-6 pm.
UAC: "The Killing of Sister George,"
Residential College Aud., 7, 10 pm.
Special Event in Dance: Betty Jones
Master Classes, Barbour Studio, Inter-
mediate, 2:30-4 pmn.; Advanced, 4-5:30
School of Music: "Collegium Musi-
cum," Sch. of Music Recital Hall, 8 pm.
SACUA Meeting: West Alcove, Rack-
ham Bldg., 2 pm.
Senate Assembly: Rackham Amph.,
:3:15 pm.
School of Music: Doctoral Organ Stu-
dents, Hill Aud., 3:30 pm.
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Loettner, "BATCH*, *PRINT*, AND
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Physics Seminar: D. Meyer, "How SU3
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Oct. 26
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Program in Health Planning-U of M
Boston Law College
Office of Management & Budget
New York Univ., Grad. Sch. of Bus.
U.S. Civil Service Comm.
Oct. 28
Univ. of Chicago-Grad. Sch. of Educ.
Ohio State Univ. Grad. Bus. Sch.
Graduate Outing Club, Hiking at Hid-
den Lake Gardens (Irish Hills), rain or
shine. Meet at Huron St. entrance to
Rackham Bldg. Oct. 17, 1:30 PM.
India Students Association, Diwali
Celebration Oct. 17, 5:00 PM, Scharling
Auditorium. School of Education Build-
ing. Call for reservation 764-2547 or
Meeting for representatives of all
University School and College Govern.
ments, Oct. 18 3:00 PM, Homer Heath
Lounge, Michigan Union. Discussion
of government funds, proposal for No-
vember election ballot.



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