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FormerEastLiberty "En your student high-rise
buildings that are going up, they
sld all have retail on the main floor,"
Borders space 50l he said.
He expressed optimism about
the possible new occupants the
Specific plans for AnnArbor.com also reported spot could attract, noting the
that First Martin Corporation, an community benefits of housing in
property remain Ann Arbor-based commercial real downtown Ann Arbor.
estate company, bought the portion "When you look at cities that
undecided of the building not acquired by are doing well, they have a lot of
Landmark. people living downtown," Hieftje
By JACOB AXELRAD The flagship Borders store has said. "It provides that kind of 24/7
Editor in Chief remained empty since Borders excitement, and that's what we're
Group Inc. announced plans to looking for."
Whileitswindowshave revealed liquidate on July 18, 2011, after the He added, however, that hous-
nothing but barren shelves for company originally filed for bank- ing geared specifically toward
almost a year, the space that once ruptcy on Feb. 16 oflast year. students may not be the best fit
held Borders bookstore on East Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje for the space.
Liberty Street will not remain said he was one of many who felt "I have my worries that the stu-
vacant for much longer. that the closing of the East Liberty dent housing market is fairly satu-
On Thursday, AnnArbor.com location was a loss for the city. rated right now," Hieftje said, "But
reported that Hughes Properties, "This was the original loca- I think there is a need for urban,
the developer of Landmark - tion, and it's sad to see (Borders) professional housing."
the high-rise student apartment go," Hieftje said in an interview Hieftje said another option for
building at 1300 S. University with The Michigan Daily on July the space is a type oflow-cost hous-
Ave.- bought the former Borders 19, 2011. ing workforce housing.
property. Though it's unclear what will "That would be housing for
"We are currently evaluating occupy the empty space - it people who aren't homeless ... who
all uses for the property in order could be used for retail, office have jobs but can pay only in mod-
to maximize the benefit of this space or residential housing - erate rent," Hieftje said.
core property to the city and its Hieftje explained that the city Jessica Miller, assistant man-
residents," Ron Hughes of Hughes will require retail on the main ager of American Apparel across
Properties said in a press release. floor in an interview with the the street from the former Bor-

BUDGET
From Page 1A
necessary - where we only need
$34,000 of that."
Anglin, who voted against the
budget along with Lumm, said that
more preparation in April and May
would have led to more productive
discussion prior to voting.
"It's not the lateness of the hour
that I'm complaining about, it's the
fact that the task is postponed," he
said in an interview after the meet-
ing. "We could deal much more
effectively if we did it earlier."
Though the vote was not unani-
mous, Hieftje said dissent is com-
mon and a non-unanimous vote
does not reflect negatively on the
budget.
"You never expect to have it
unanimous,". he said. "I thought
council worked well throughout all
the issues."
The longest portion of the meet-
ing was dedicated to amending the
2013 budget, several of which con-
cerned the fire department and
safety services within the city.
During a meeting intermission,
Margie Teall (D-Ward 4) said fund-
ing the fire department has been a
long-standing issue that's affected
by the state government cutting

ders, said she would approveof
mixed use of the space, but she
would prefer any new business to
be local.
"The.7-11 and the CVS that have
gone in, they just don't really fit
with the philosophy of Ann Arbor,"
she said. "I think all the residents
would rather have local businesses
downtown."
Miller said if the space is used
for student housing, it could satu-
rate the student housing market.
"I worry that with so many lux-
ury student housing projects going
up (that) supply is going to outrun
the demand, and it's going to bust
the market," she said.
Maria Saltiel, a Northville resi-
dent who works as a dental hygien-
ist on East Liberty, said she would
rather the location remain devoted
to retail. She said if the site couldn't
remain entirely commercial, an
increase in professional housing
would be preferable to student
housing.
Saltiel said Borders helped with
the business where she works and
fostered community for many of
her patients.
Saltiel added that she thinks
housing has the potential to
alienate, while retail is open to
the public.
tions to South University Park was
approved. Lumm, explaining the
resolution, said the park was sur-
rounded by young families, but
recently more students have moved
to the area.
Early on in the meeting, the
council heard from multiple com-
munity members during the public
commentary portion.
Esther Choi - an Ann Arbor resi-
dent - said her family has owned a
party store on Broadway for more
than 30 years and that robbery has
been fairly common.
Choi described one incident
where her grandfather had to be
taken to the hospital and another
time when her mother had a knife
held to her neck. She said that the
store has been robbed six times
within the last 10 years in total.
The most recent robbery - on
April 9 of this year - entailed her
father being held up at the gunpoint
of a sawed-off machine gun, accord-
ing to Choi. She said after giving
evidence to the Ann Arbor police,
little headway has been made in the
case.
"Even after this recent incident,
there hasn't been any progress ...
clearlyour requests have been taken
lightly yet again," she said. "These
are not petty crimes; they are life-
threatening, violent crimes."

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By ALEXA DETTELBACH
Daily Sports Writer
The spring NCAA champion-
ship season is upon us, and the
Michigan men's track and field
team is a part of it.
This past weekend, the Wol-
verines were represented by nine
individuals in addition to the
4x400-meter relay team at the
three-day NCAA East Prelimi-
nary Meet at the University of
North Florida.
Coming into the meet, Michi-
gan's performance at the Big Ten
Outdoor Championship pushed
the team up 39 spots to No. 31 in
the USTFCCCA Division I nation-
al rankings.
The Wolverines placed ninth
at the conference meet while four
athletes gained All-Big Ten acco-
lades.
"The idea is to be consistent
and to advance," said Michigan
coach Fred LaPlante. "They're
advancing to the elitist level."
And for a handful of the ath-

letes, the team's goal from a week
ago is now a reality.
Fifth-year senior Craig Forys
in the 3,000-meter steeple-
chase, sophomore Ari Arastu for
the 400-meter hurdles, and the
4x400-meter relay team all quali-
fied for the NCAA Champion-
ships.
"The fact that they all made it
is not easy," LaPlante said. "And
to add to the success, our guys
that didn't make it all improved
on their performances and their
rankings. It really doesn't hap-
pen very often and we really per-
formed well."
Forys and Arastu are both mak-
ing their second straight trip to
the national meet after qualifying
for the NCAA Championships on
the second day of competition.
Forys finished second in his
heat for the 3,000-meter steeple-
chase and placed third overall
with a time of 8:38.86, just a two
weeks after a runner-up finish at
the Big Ten Outdoor Champion-
ships.

Meanwhile, Arastu took third
in his heat and sixth overall in the
400-meter hurdles with a time of
50.44.
"I am definitely happy with
my performance," Arastu said.
"I've had faster times before, but I
mean, the whole goal is to make it
to the national meet and I did, so
I look forward to going and con-
tinuing to compete."
It wasn't easy for Arastu, who
struggled during the indoor sea-
son.
"The main thing was getting
faster times," Arastu said. "And
once outdoor season came around
I was in better shape, it was warm-
er, we got to work on the outdoor
track and my 400-meter times got
lower, and that translated to my
success."
On Saturday, the last day of
competition, the 4x400-meter
relay team looked to join Forys
and Arastu at championships.
And they did.
The relay team - comprised
of of senior Nick Neuman, junior

Senior Craig Forys will run in his final NCAA Championships in two weeks.

Aaron Taylor, redshirt junior
Matthew Campbell and fresh-
man Philip Washington - clocked
a season best of 3:06.15 to finish
eighth overall, earning a trip to
Des Moines, Iowa for the champi-
onships.
"The performances themselves
are going to vary in what happens

in the next 10 days from now, but
the fact that you can qualify for
the next meet is great," LaPlante
said. "They're standing out there
with the best."
Forys, Aratsu and the 4x400-
meter relay team will compete in
the NCAA Championships from
June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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MEN'S TRACK AND FIELD
Forys, Aratsu, 4x400m advance to NCAAs

funds as well.
"There's an optimal number of
firefighters for us to staff and we're
trying to get back to the previous
decade (before) we had to cut a lot
of firefighters," she said. "It's been
a tough road to go down, because
we've been experiencing a lot of
cuts from the state revenue shar-
ing."
Stephen Kunselman (D-Ward
3) proposed an amendment that
would've allocated funds from the
Downtown Development Author-
ity to pay for additional firefight-
ing services and jobs. However, the
amendment did not pass after much
consideration.
Kunselman, in an interview dur-
ing the intermission, said that much
of the tax revenue that the DDA col-
lects is not from the DDA's work, but
from unrelated economic develop-
ment.
"That additional (Tax Increment
Financing) money should be com-
ing to the city of Ann Arbor, so that
we can pay for public safety which
has been taking serious cuts over
the years," he said.
Kunselman added that he and
the dissenting councilmembers
disagree about the parameters of a
city government and the success of
the DDA.
"Local government is about pub-

lic health, safety and welfare in my
opinion - that's my priority," he
said. "The economic development
that is proposed out there is all
speculative. "
Aside from items explicitly relat-
ing to the 2013 budget, the council
discussed the North Main-Huron
River Corridor Vision Task Force,
a group focused on bettering the
connection between North Main St.
and the Huron river.
There were originally 10 vot-
ing members and four were added.
However, the fourth spot - intend-
ed for a member of the Ann Arbor
Public Art Commission - garnered
heavy debate.
Members of the council were
concerned that more members
could affect the efficiency of the
task force. Tony Derezinksi (D-
Ward 2) voted for the additional
members and argued for a member
of the AAPAC tobe on the taskforce,
stressing that art is integral to Ann
Arbor.
"We think you have to start at the
beginning when you're doing the
vision rather than looking it, 'Oh we
can add something later that's artis-
tic,' "he said. "We think it's critical
to start with that as part of your
artistic consideration."
Also during the meeting, a
resolution for $39,575 of renova-

Second varsity eight wins NCAA title

By COLLEEN THOMAS
Daily Sports Editor
With just two races to go in the
final day of racing at the NCAA
Championships in West Windsor,
N.J., the Michigan women's row-
ing team was all but out of conten-
tion for a national title.
The first and second varsity
eight boats had yet to compete on
Sunday, and the team was in strik-
ing distance of first place.
But Michigan finished second
as a team, clinching its second
runner-up spot in program his-
tory, and its best finish since the
2001 season.
The Wolverines finished just
five points behind Virginia in the
team standings with 82 points.
The first and second varsity
eight boats were the last two to
compete in the three-day NCAA
Championship regatta, and Michi-
gan needed good finishes by both
boats to compete for a team title.

After an hour rain delay, the
second varsity eight took an early
lead from the start - a lead they
wouldn't relinquish.
They beat second-place Ohio
State by nearly two seconds and
finished with a time of 6:37.04,
capping its undefeated season
with a national championship.
"It's a great accomplishment,"
said Michigan coach Mark Roth-
stein. "We're just really happy for
that boat and the seniors."
The victory pulled Michigan
within five points of the cham-
pionship with just one race left.
With a Wolverine win in the first
varsity eight race, and a third-
place-or-lower finish by Califor-
nia, Michigan could walk away
national champions.
But that's not what the rowers
and coaches were worried about.
"When they left shore for
warmups, we didn't know what
the situation was," Rothstein said.
The Wolverines pulled out to an

early lead, but Virginia - who had
posted the fastest times all week-
end - took the lead, and the even-
tual victory. The Cavaliers won by
an impressive boat-length. Vir-
ginia's boat finished with a time
of 6:18.72 while Michigan crossed
the finish in 6:22.09.
"Going in (to the first varsity
eight race) we thought we had
a chance," Rothstein said. "We
knew we had to have our best race
in order to have a chance. I think
we did that, but Virginia was just
a better boat ... they deserve to be
national champions."
Michigan had another boat rac-
ing on Sunday.
The first varsity four finished
sixth in the petite final with a time
of 7:33.75.
"It's a great team," Rothstein
said. "Great senior leadership,
great commitment, (and) a lot of
fun to coach. Probably the most
fun I've had coaching - just a
great group."

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