Those present: Tom Murray, Conor O’Neill’s; Nancy Shore, getDowntown; Ron Stevens, Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center; Cathy Marks, Ten Thousand Villages; Eman Tillawi, Gratzi; Alan Freedman, Four Directions; Susan Pollay, Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority; Mary O, Moosejaw; Doug Martelle, Tom Kooy and Tom Hickey, Ann Arbor Police Department; Marie Klopf, Ann Arbor Art Center; Lisa Roberts, Rock Paper Scissors and Bed & Butter; Katie Milliron and Rita Jourdan, Cherry Republic; Kirk Westphal, City Council; Natalie Zolg, Abracadabra Jewelry; Nick Yribar and Marcus Schwimmer, Vault of Midnight; Meg Fitzpatrick, Executive Committee – Event on Main; Amy Cameron, ITHAKA; Lynda Cole, WSG Gallery; Samantha West, Alzheimer’s Association; Dave Horchem, Jolly Pumpkin; Sarah Bush, Bali Ha’I Dreams; Sarah Miller, Washtenaw County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau; Mark Messmore, Life is Good; Sabra Briere, Ann Arbor City Council
Tom Murray, President of MSAA
Greetings and Introductions
Nancy Shore, getDowntown: Changes coming to The Ride
Beginning in May, The Ride will see a major service expansion. This expansion will include more direct service to the west side and service added to Scio Township and Pittsfield Township. Ypsilanti will also have more frequent service with buses departing every half hour instead of every hour, an increase from 3 to 6 local routes, and service added on LeForge. The expansion will also include changes to the numbers of some routes in order to make them easier to understand. For more information visit www.therideyourway.org
May is also Commuter Challenge Month. The program runs May 1st – 31st and is for anyone who wants to try any form of alternative commuting. Register your organization for the program, and begin logging your alternative commutes to win badges and prizes. Even just one alternative commute will win you free ice cream from Washtenaw Dairy. To find more information and to register visit http://challenge.getdowntown.org
Meg Fitzpatrick and Lisa Roberts, The Event on Main
The Event on Main is an annual fundraiser in support of Mott Children’s Hospital. This year’s event on June 23rd will support the Charles Woodson Clinical Research Initiative, which distributes funds into different areas of pediatric research.
Main Street will be closed between William and Liberty for the event, with 500 people attending The Event on Main and 200 people attending The Event VIP Party. Event organizers are currently looking for donations from local businesses for swag bags or the silent auction. If you are interested in donating please contact Maura Thomson, firstname.lastname@example.org , to be put in touch with organizers of The Event.
Susan Pollay, Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority: Parking and Transportation Existing Analysis
In 2015 the DDA commissioned a follow up analysis to the 2007 parking demand and supply study to understand current usage and how best to manage parking to benefit downtown. The study found that the parking system is at full capacity in terms of accommodating any new growth in midday parking demand.
Parking is a limited and valuable asset, and current demand is managed through pricing and convenience. The study suggests a new tier of pricing for street parking, with premium prices at peak times to discourage long term parking at meters, as well as shifting the metered hours to begin later in the morning and end later in the evening. The goal of these measures would be compliance and increased short term street parking access, rather than revenue enhancement.
There are also currently long wait lists for permanent spaces in the parking garages. Solutions for this could include increased pricing to deter people holding on to spaces they are not using, and permit freezing options, that would allow people to try out alternative commuting options for a period without having to go back on a wait list after that period ends.
There is no timeline yet for any changes; all options are being considered. Any changes will take place incrementally with a strong focus on communication. Public comments are welcome at all DDA board and committee meetings. For more information visit www.a2dda.org
Tom Hickey, AAPD: Graffiti Removal Program
The graffiti removal program works with those convicted on graffiti charges to clean up or paint over graffiti around the city. The affected business will need to provide the paint, and the AAPD will supply the painters. If your business is within the footprint of the DDA, you are eligible for up to $100 in painting supplies from Andersen Paint to help cover graffiti.
You can report graffiti through the Report A Problem- A2 Fix It tab on the City of Ann Arbor website, www.a2gov.org, or you can email email@example.com.
Free Comic Book Day is May 7th
Ladies Night is Friday, May 13th
The next membership meeting will be held at 8am on Thursday, May 5th, in the Celtic Room at Conor O’Neill’s, 318 S. Main