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esident and chief financial officer,
ed three reasons for the University's
sition. First, he said, there has been a,
cining enrollment due to phased-
wn University programs. Second,
ere are fewer college-age students.
nally, the required money to finance
ch projects is prohibitive, he said. He
[ded there is an uncertainty
ncerningthe assured steady source
money for new housing.
The cost of building is also prohibitive
"There is a higher cost to build in Ann
Arbor," explained Joseph Slavik,
owner of Slavik Building Company in
Southfield. Slavik said the high cost of
building is due to a shortage of labor
and materials in the city. He also cited
high taxes as another hindrance,
explaining that taxes are higher
because there is no sizable tax base in
Nevertheless, Slavik, whose
company has completed several
projects in Ann Arbokr during the last
ten years, is involved in construction of
more than 1,000 rental housing units
near Briarwood. Slavik said there is
"no land to build" on near campus.
ALTHOUGH HOUSING is being built
on the outskirts of Ann Arbor, this has
little effect on the housing crunch near
the campus area. Thomas Anton,
director of the University's Urban and
Regional Planning Program, said the
housing units built away from
campus-like Slavik's project-are too
expensive for students.
During the recent city council
campaign, several candidates
suggested that subsidized housing be
Lambert, insists he didn't
want to marry his wife for
her money...but he didn't
know how else to get it.
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built in the city to ease the tight housing
market. But Barry Tilmann, director of
the city Community Development
Office, said financing subsidized
housing is very difficult in the face of
high interest rates. He also explained
that although federal funds are
available to the elderly, poor, and
middle-class, none are available to
Another factor which may have a
major effect on the housing situation is
condominium conversion. This is a
proces in which an apartment complex
is bought by a developer who makes
changes-often only cosmetic-and then
sells (not rents) the "converted" units.
This forces former tenants of the
apartment complex to either buy their
units or move.
ONLY ABOUT 400 of the city'39,000
dwelling units have been converted,
and most of these conversions involved
people who were able to make the
change from renting to buying with
little difficulty. But the problem
becomes severe when low income
apartment complexes are converted,
and elderly and poor. tenants are forced
out of the complex to cheaper rental
Several Michigan lawmakers have
introduced, legislation which would
force developers to give displaced
tenants a certain sum of money to help
offset relocation costs, make
counseling services available to aid
tenants in finding new housing, and
permit any tenant at least 62 years old
to continue renting instead of having to
There are also changes in the court
system which may have an impact on
landlord-tenant disputes in the future.
FIFTEENTH DISTRICT Court
Judge S. J. Elden explained that
revised court rules and forms
submitted to the Michigan Legal
System would; if approved, eliminate
much of the legalese, and would make
the process of filing a complaint easier
for the complaining party.
"For example, the landlord or tenant
will simply put down what the
complaint is," said Elden, "thus
eliminating any complicated legal
And,as- of July 1, there will be a
change in the function of small claims
"We will be able to issue- an
injunction or order a landlord to make
repairs," said Elden. He added that in
the past, the court could only decide
damages, and could not order that
repairs be done.
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Alaskans may get shares
of state-owned assets
JUNEAU, Alaska-Alaska's state budget is growing so fast from oil
revenues that some state legislators have proposed all but wiping out state
income tax and giving residents a share in income-earning assets.
The proposed program is called PACE-Portfolio of Alaska Citizens
Enterprises. Introduced Thursday by Gov. Jay Hammond and House
Speaker Terry Gardiner, the legislation would allow the sale of stock in some
state-owned assets at market prices. Fifteen per cent of the stock in the
assets would be distributed free to all Alaskans.
The major assets are oil, coal, and natural gas, butthe legislation
provides that anything built with state money, including offices, airports,
and pipelines, could be turned over to the citizens.
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Hostages' families meet
After months of waiting patiently at home, some of the families of the
50 American hostages in Iran have struck out to Europe and Iran in search of
their own solution.
Since the storming of the embassy last Nov. 4, the families of the
hostages have met periodically with State Department officials. Another
meeting was held yesterday in Chicago for the families of nine Midwestern
members of the Family Liaison Action Group (FLAG). Ernest Cooke, father
of hostage Donald Cooke, 25, and a FLAG spokesman, said the families were
being briefed on political and diplomatic developments.
Three othpr families were reported preparing to leave for Iran.
Meanwhile, another group of families is planning to leave for Europe this
week to urge U.S. allies to support Carter's new economic sanctions against
One million march in Havana
against Cuhan refugees
HAVANA, Cuba-An estimated one million pro-Castro Cubans marched
in Havana yesterday, chanting anti-U.S. slogans and carrying effigies of
worm-like refugees in Uncle Sam hats. They passed the Peruvian embassy
where more than 10,000 of their countrymen have sought asylum in the past
The day-long procession coincided with the 19th anniversary of the
abortive Bay of Pigs invasion by the United States.
Cuban exile leaders in Miami have voiced concerns that the march
might result in the would-be refugees being mobbed by the pro-government
crowd. No violence was apparent in the early hours of the demonstration.
Protesters cried "Go, go, you worms. Leave Cuba to those who produce"
and "Fidel, Fidel, Fidel." Huge banners proclaimed,'"Carter-4Remember
Giron the Bay of Pigs."
A Foreign Ministry official said the protest was to show "the real people
of revolutionary Cuba" are content with their government. -
The government had allowed about 700 of the dissidents to leave for
Costa Rica during the week to await resettlement. On Friday, however,
Castro said in the future the dissidents would have to travel directly to their
Teachers return to class
DETROIT-Although striking teachers in four Detroit suburbs will be
returning to the classroom tomorrow, the dispute which prompted their
walkout is far from settled.
The 39-day strike has idled about 25,000 students in the Woodhaven,
Southgate, Romulus, and Gibraltar school systems.
Many of the 1,000 teachers who voted Friday to end the walkout after
receiving a proposal from Wayne County Judge Thomas Roumell,
mistakenly believed the proposal was a court order.
Costa Rican consul
freed in Bogota
BOGOTA, Colombia-The terrorists. holding the Dominican Embassy
freed the Costan Rican consul yesterday as a gesture marking the 10th
anniversary of their group. They warned that none of their remaining
hostages would be freed until their demands are met.
Consul Rolando Blanco emerged from the building, walked to his car
parked in front of the embassy and drove off. He was later reported to be in
Other terrorists from the same group released a Colombian journalist
abducted 36 hours earlier and asked him to deliver a message to President
Julio Cesar Turbay.
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Sunday, April 20, 1980
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