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The Michigan Daily-Friday, May 23, 1980-Page 3
al Scene

Huron Plaza is the new name for
developer Richard Berger's old River-
side project-a combined conference
center, hotel, condominium, and office
facility-that could find its new home
Berger said he will submit the $100
million proposal to the City Planning
Department within 60 days.
THE DEVELOPER said he began
plans for Huron Plaza after Riverside
opponents suggested that the project
would be better suited to a downtown
setting. Last year's Riverside
development proposal was rejected by
the planning department.
But Berger is confident that the
revised proposal will be acceptable to
city officials. "We feel we have found
the right area," he said. "Because of
the density, it belongs downtown, where
it is already zoned correctly. Huron
Plaza fits within the ordinances, which
hooked by
illegal ads
Find jobs in Alaska. Earn up to
$1,000.00 per week. Send $S for
complete information.
The offer sounds too good to be true,
and probably is. For $5, some unsuspec-
ting job hunter could possibly receive a
listing of Alaskan employers,
something he could have received free
of charge from the state's department
of labor.
THIS IS ONLY one example of an ad-
vertising con game that preys on
unemployed workers during these
economic hard times. According to
William Castanear, director of public
relations for the Michigan Department
of Labor, practices like these are
"deceptive but not illegal." Consequen-
tly, the Department of Labor cannot do
anything about them.
"But," he added, "we recommend
that you be real wary of these things."
Castanear also warned against job
ads which offer employment out-of-
state. He said some employers charge
exorbitant rates for room and board,
which they deduct from their em-
ployees salaries.
THE OUT-OF-STATE employee has
little choice but to accept these con-
ditions as he, or she is most likely
unaware of the state's labor laws and is

is a key part to the success of any
project," he said.
The proposed site for the develop-
ment project is currently a surface
parking lot known as the Brown proper-
ty, a block bordered by Huron St. on the
north, First St. on the west, Washington
on the south, and Ashley on the east.
Proposed for this site is an 18 story
hotel, a one story, 30,000 square foot
conference center, and a three story of-
fice building all above a 700 space
parking structure.
A .15-story condominium project
would be built later at the location
currently used asa parking structure at
First and Washington streets. Berger
said he will ask the city to sell him the
structure, which would be torn down to
allow for the unit.
Another phase of the development
would include a seven-story office
building with parking spaces for 200
cars, although Berger said he has not
completed negotiations for the land.
According to Berger, the complex is
comparable to the old Riverside
project, though scaled down in size. The
hotel, for example, was reduced from
30 stories to 18, while the office building
dropped from 10 stories to seven. "The
development will be on the same scale
as U Towers," he said.
THE QUESTION of scale is of con-
siderable importance to Ann Arbor
council members. "Over-development
is my main concern," said Coun-
cilwoman Leslie Morris (D-Second
Ward). Earl Green (D-Second Ward)
said, "The crying need is for rental
apartments-I would like to see them
either on that site or elsewhere in the
The Huron Plaza plans include
building a new street, which would cut
through the property connecting First
and Ashley streets. The hotel will be
constructed of glass and brick and will
contain 400 rooms, an 18-story atrium
lounge, a theme restaurant, a coffee
shop and rooftop cocktail lounge ac-
cessable by outside elevators.
The single story conference center
will accommodate 1,500 people at one
time or 2,500 people with the addition of
a ballroom and meeting rooms. Three
tennis courts, one of which can be con-
verted into an ice rink during the win-
ter, will belocated on top of the center.
Total cost for the hotel, conference
center, and commercial building, the
construction of which could begin
within six months, would be about $65.
million according to Berger. The con-
dominium project will cost $22 million,
and the office project will cost $13
"The project will be at no cost to the
city," Berger said. "In fact, it will
provide a significant gain." Berger said
that the facility would bring about 5,000
people per week into the downtown
area, contributing about $65 million
worth of revenues to the city. "We feel
it would encourage more interest in
downtown Ann Arbor," he said.

RUTH CADWALLADER DISCUSSES her recent trip to Southeast Asia yester-
day. Cadwallader was part of a four-woman delegation from the Women's
International League for Peace and Freedom that toured the areas and met
with government officials.
Southeast Asia still
suffering fro-m war,
reeent visitor says

The people of Southeast Asia are still
reeling from the effects of a war that
has transformed a once verdant coun-
tryside into a moon-like wasteland.
They have yet to rebuild their
devastated nations, according to a
recent visitor to the area.
"Our bombs fell on people, not
'military targets' as we've been told,"
claimed Ypsilanti resident Ruth Cad-
wallader, national vice-president of the
Women's International League for
Peace and Freedom (WILPF). "There
are many schools for the deaf (in
Southeast Asia) and lots of people
walking around with artificial limbs."
CADWALLADER WASpart of a four-
member WILPF delegation invited to
take a two-week fact-finding tour of
Southeast Asia in January at the
request of the Women's Union of Viet-
While on the tour, the delegation met
with Kampuchean (Cambodian) and
Vietnamese government leaders, in-
cluding Vietnamese Foreign Minister
Nguyen Co Thach Kampuchean

President Heng Samrin, and Viet-
namese Minister of Education Nguyen
Thi Binh, who assisted Vietnamese
negotiator Le Duc Tho at the Paris
peace talks.
According to Cadwallader, the Kam-
puchean people are trying to rebuild
their economy, which currently is non-
existent, and are facing yet another ina
series of famines.
"NOTHING COULD have prepared
us for Phnom Penh," she wrote in an
article in a WILPF publication. "It
looked like the moon's surface -
craters from the Kissinger-Nixon bom-
According to Cadwallader, Kam-
puchean President Samrin said the
Vietnamese people were asked to fight
in his nation by the Kampuchean
people, who were struggling to over-
throw the regime of Pol Pot, a ruthless
dictator. "He said 'the Vietnamese
people must remain here to help our
very fragile economy grow'," she said
in a recent interview.

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