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Fourth & William Improvements Project

Demolition of the brick façade and canopy is scheduled to start this week as the Fourth & William project continues.  The Fourth & William Structure is the largest public parking structure with 1,000 spaces on eight floors, it is also one of the oldest. Patrons using the structure have expressed frustration with the 30-year-old elevator, located on the southwest corner.  In addition to the elevator, the stairs need to be repaired to better accommodate patrons in this busy facility.

Proposed Design

Proposed Design

This project will install a new, larger stairwell, and two new high-speed elevators, as well as other improvements. The construction will be undertaken in phases so that patrons can continue to use the structure throughout the project, with only occasional and brief service interruptions.

With demolition starting this week, keep an eye out for changes that may impact pedestrian mobility near the southwest corner of the structure. The Elevator/Stair Improvements Project will be completed in Fall 2016. More information on this project can be found in the 4th & William Project Updates section of our website.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Fourth & William project, do not hesitate to contact us. 

DDA Renews Funding Commitment to getDowntown and go!pass

On April 1st, 2015 our Board renewed our funding commitment to the getDowntown Program, the go!pass, and enhanced transit service on routes 5 and 13. We are very proud of our commitment to these programs in partnership with the City of Ann Arbor and the AAATA.

getDowntown go!Pass is funded by the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority
The getDowntown Program helps downtown employers get to and from work in downtown Ann Arbor, by providing access to commuting programs and services, including the go!pass program.

The go!pass is an unlimited use transit pass available to employees working within the Downtown Development Authority Boundary. The DDA funds 90% of the pass, making it available to employees for $10 per employee. Last year, nearly 5,000 employees held the pass – reducing CO2emissions and demand for parking by nearly 1,000 spaces – freeing up spaces for visitors and locals that are interested in spending a relaxing day in downtown Ann Arbor.

The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority has supported the getDowntown and go!Pass program for over 10 years using revenues generated from downtown parking. Since 2009, the annual go!pass ridership has increased from 521,768 to 678,103. If you have feedback about downtown transportation options and what we can do to help, let us know!

Spring Tree Planting

We are continuing the tree planting that we began last fall – this spring we are planting over 60 trees downtown, which will bring the total trees planted to about 115!

See the attached map showing trees planted in fall 2014 and spring planting locations for 2016.

Picture of Division Street after the streetscape improvements were completed.

We’ve worked closely with the City Forester to identify need and remove dead trees – once we wrap this spring we will have addressed the planting backlog that was identified in the City’s Tree Inventory.

The Area Associations and the Main Street BIZ help care for planting beds and keep trees watered. We have also reached out to business and property owners who are eager for healthy trees and they are excited to contribute as well.

Currently, we are working with the 365 Program to create a volunteer program for downtown to engage interested volunteers to care for the tree pits that are most in need of additional care.

Which areas of downtown do you think would benefit most from tree planting? Have you spotted any downtown trees that need additional care?

As always, we appreciate public input and feedback.

Happy spring!

On-Street Bike Racks are Back!

Now that spring is finally here and the Commuter Challenge is in full swing, be sure to keep an eye out for the conveniently located on-street bike racks at:

• State Street (300 S. Block) near Bivouac
• North University (700 N. Block) near Panera and Silvio’s
• 4th Avenue (200 N. Block) near the People’s Food Co-op
• 4th Avenue (300 N. Block ) near the Catherine Lot and Braun Court
• Detroit Street (400 Block) near Zingerman’s
• N. Main Street (200 N Block) near Mighty Good Coffee
• Liberty and Ashley (200 S Block) near Bill’s Beer Garden

On-Street Bike Parking

We place these racks out every spring; businesses request additional bike parking as many more people are biking downtown to shop, dine, and work. Several of the racks replace a metered parking space, accommodating up to 14 bikes in a single car space.

We are always interested in feedback – do you know of any locations that could use an on-street bike rack? Let us know and we will start planning for next year.

Happy biking!

2nd Bike House in Ann/Ashley Parking Structure

Following a Board vote to construct a Bike House at the Ann/Ashley Parking Structure on April 1st, 2015 – we have a final design!


This will be our second bike house, as we continue making improvements that support non-motorized transportation and enhance downtown quality of life.

We heard a strong request from nearby businesses and employees – many stating that a bike house will enable them to ride their bike to work, support their vision for downtown Ann Arbor, and help them to attract talent. Our first bike house was constructed in the Maynard Parking Structure in May of 2013. We partner with the getDowntown Program who manages the space – a secure enclosure, with keycard access and annual membership, which can accommodate up to 37 bicycles at one time using hoop racks and ultra space savers. 

Check out the Ann/Ashley design and let us know what you think! Construction will get started in the next few weeks and we hope to open the doors in July. If you need bike parking in the meantime, we will have a temporary rack near the Ann street entrance of the Ann/Ashley Parking Structure. To learn more and get a Bike House parking pass, contact the getDowntown Program by calling 734-794-1876 or by clicking here.

New website for Republic Parking System-


Snapshot of Republic Parking System's new Homepage

Snapshot of Republic Parking System’s new homepage

This week Republic Parking launched a new website for their operations here in downtown Ann Arbor. The site,, features many new user friendly new tools meant to simplify downtown parking.

The site contains information about parking options, maps, news and updates, and a link to a new payment portal for monthly and validation customers. Visitors can learn about parking options and real time availability. Monthly parkers can make payments or get assistance with permit questions. Additionally, the DDA and Republic Parking will use the site as another way to share important news and updates with parking systems users.

In the next few weeks Republic Parking will be adding additional tools to allow for online request and payment for meter bags.

Explore what Republic Parking System’s new website has to offer by checking it out today!

Student Move-In for Fall 2014

Students from the University of Michigan are are scheduled to move in beginning on Thursday August 28th and ending on Friday, August 29th. Between 6 a.m. on that Thursday and 11 p.m. on Friday, traffic patterns will be altered, parking meters will be bagged or parking allowed. Below is a list of the streets that will be impacted. A map displaying these alterations can also be found here.


  • Thompson – one way northbound from Packard to East Madison
  • Madison – one way eastbound from Thompson to South State
  • Observatory – one way southbound from East Ann to Geddes and meters will be bagged
  • East Washington – one way westbound from Fletcher to South State
  • Maynard – from Jefferson to East William meters will be bagged
  • East University – between Hill and Willard meters will be bagged
  • Church Street – between Hill and Willard meters will be bagged
  • North University Court – meters will be bagged
  • Oxford – parking reserved for move-in from Hill to Geddes
  • Washington Heights – closed from Observatory to East Medical Center Drive
  • East Ann – one way eastbound from Zina Pitcher Place to Observatory

2014 Downtown Merit Award


Picture of Division Street after the streetscape improvements were completed.

Picture of Division Street after the streetscape improvements were completed.


The Ann Arbor DDA was named recipient of a 2014 Downtown Merit Award by the International Downtown Association for Enhancing Connectivity, Prosperity and Activity in Downtown Ann Arbor.


For Immediate Release:
(Ottawa, ON Canada. [August 11th, 2014])— During its 60th Anniversary Conference and Tradeshow, the International Downtown Association recognized the DDA with a Downtown Merit Award for its work and initiatives on transforming 5th Avenue and Division Street.

The project, which installed streetscape changes for two major arterial roads that run through Downtown, was among 9 qualified entries in the category of Public Space. This category recognizes capital improvements that enhanced the urban design, physical function, or economic viability of downtown and the community.

“The DDA’s project received the IDA Merit Award for delivering excellence in downtown management”, said David Downey, IDA President and CEO. “Each year the IDA Awards Jury recognizes organizations that utilize best practices in our industry. The 5th and Division project is a shining example of excellent downtown management delivering real value to the city.”

The Washington, D.C. based International Downtown Association (IDA) is a champion for vital and livable urban centers and strives to inform, influence, and inspire downtown leaders and advocates. With 500 members and thousands of friends, IDA is a guiding force in creating healthy and dynamic centers that anchor the well-being of towns, cities, and regions.

The DDA is the advocacy and management organization representing the interests of property owners in downtown Ann Arbor and is a member of the International Downtown Association.


Annual Maintenance of Parking Structures

 4th & William construction work July 2014

4th & William Construction Work (July 2014)


It is that time of year again. We have begun our annual preventative maintenance work in many of the downtown parking structures. Our goal is take care of the little things along the way so that they don’t become big things. This year work will include removing and replacing concrete on walls and columns, sealing cracks and joints, applying deck coating, and making stairwell repairs.


Throughout the work Republic Parking will coordinate with the contractor to manage the projects so that the impact to available parking is minimal.


Work has begun at the 4th & William and Maynard parking structures and will continue throughout August & September to include the 4th & Washington and Ann Ashley parking structures. All of the work is scheduled to be completed in early October. We greatly appreciate the patience of our parking patrons and neighbors during this work.

Ann Arbor Farmers Market turns 95!

Farmers_Market_Vendor  Farmers_Market_Signage

Happy Birthday Ann Arbor Farmer’ Market!

On Saturday, August 2nd, marks the 95th year of the Ann Arbor Farmers Market. Located in the center of Kerrytown, the farmers market brings together 160 farmers, plant nurseries, artisans, food carts and prepared food vendors to provide a variety of local products to downtown Ann Arbor. Additionally, it provides residents with the opportunity to support local farmers, which strengthen communities and reduces our carbon footprint.

To celebrate its 95th year, the Farmers Market will be hosting activities (including face painting!) and games for families and children of all ages. Join the fun by coming out to wish the market and its vendors a very happy birthday!

Where: Ann Arbor Farmers Market
315 Detroit Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

When: Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
10:15 am to 2:30 pm