Charrette wrap-up
August 29, 2014

An intense three days of community input and design work culminated Thursday evening with a presentation of a single preferred design alternative, followed by a question and answer session. There was strong community engagement in the process with over 75 participants in the visioning session Tuesday evening, more than 100 people coming to the drop-in hours Wednesday during the day and the open house Wednesday evening, and more than 50 community members attending the final presentation Thursday evening. The preferred alternative will be forwarded to the Community Advisory Committee for their use in making a recommendation to the County Board of Commissioners. 

Thank you!
  • Thank you to all those who took time out of their busy schedules to participate in this event!
  • Thank you to the Community Advisory Committee for providing their leadership and guidance!
  • And a special thank you to the United Way of Washtenaw County for the use of their beautiful facility for this important community event! 

Day 3: Final proposal presented

Day 3: Platt charrette

August 28, 2014

In the morning, the charrette team processed input from the previous two days of community input and tallied the preferences from the blue dot exercise on the four design alternatives that were presented Wednesday night. This information informed the direction for the preferred alternative that was presented Thursday evening (see slideshow). The team spent the bulk of the day refining the design that incorporated common themes and addressed concerns identified through the charrette process. 

During the presentation Thursday evening, the team presented a single preferred alternative. The team explained how the three days of activities lead to the preferred alternative. The presentation was followed by many questions and answers about specific details of the design. 

Day 2: Public offers input on refined options

Day 2: Design exploration

August 27, 2014

More than 100 people participated in the Platt Road charrette d
uring the day time drop-in hours and the evening open house (see slideshow)

During the day, people observed the design process and provided input as plans were refined. The design team took the concept drawings that were produced at the visioning workshop Tuesday night and incorporated various aspects of each into 4 alternatives. 

During the open house, people indicated whether they thought various aspects of each of the concepts were positive or negative. The design team will take that input and use it to further refine the alternatives in order to present a final design to the community on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

Day 1: 10 plans proposed

Day 1: Visioning

August 26, 2014

The Platt Road charrette kicked off on Tuesday. In the evening there was a visioning session that was well
attended by local residents and other stakeholders. Participants spent time working together to come up with a variety of design ideas for how the site might be developed. Designs incorporated uses that reflect County values and the public good. 

At the end of the night, representatives from the individual work groups presented their ideas to the entire group. There were 10 concepts presented (see slideshow). 

On Wednesday, the charrette team will take the ideas that were developed in the visioning session and consolidate and incorporate those ideas into 4 or 5 refined concept drawings. People are welcome to drop in from 10:30 am until 4:30 pm (see full schedule). The concept drawings will be presented in an open house Wednesday night from 5 pm to 7 pm where members of the public can express what they do and don’t like about the designs. The goal is to further refine the drawings so that the final design concepts can be presented Thursday evening starting at 5 pm.

Help shape the future of 2270 Platt Road

Thirteen acres of publicly owned land are vacant in Ann Arbor, Michigan. How should they be used? 

Charrette study area

Help decide by participating in a public "charrette" event August 26-28, 2014, at United Way, 2305 Platt Road (map). Participants will work with local leaders and planning and design professionals to create recommendations for how the property will be used.

The charrette is hosted by the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development as part of the ReImagine Washtenaw corridor improvement project.

Washtenaw County owns the 13-acre site at 2270 Platt Road. The county previously used this site for offices and a juvenile detention center, which have since been demolished. A community garden run by Project Grow occupies a portion of the site. The site sits next to County Farm Park, a residential neighborhood and some office areas. 

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners convened a committee to explore uses for this site. Among the committee’s recommendations was a suggestion to include affordable housing on this property and to hold a community design session (charrette). County commissioners will use the results of the charrette to help decide how the property will be used.


Teresa Gillotti, Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development, 734.544-3042