RNA Monthly Meeting:
Tuesday, May 8th at 7:30 PM
Harbor View Health Care Center
178 Ogden Avenue
1st Floor Cafeteria
Guest - Artist Raphael Torres
dues and donations help sustain the RNA. Annual dues are $10. Please
join on our website, at an RNA meeting, or make checks payable
to Riverview Neighborhood Association and mail to:
PO Box 7176
All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Please join us on Tuesday evening, May
8th at 7:30PM for our monthly meeting at the Harborview
Health Center, 178 Ogden Ave at Franklin St - 1st Floor Cafeteria. You
will have the opportunity to hear from the North District police
department and from a representative of the Residence Response Center.
this month's meeting, our guest is artist Raphael Torres who will be
presenting a proposed totem pole project for Riverview Park. We will
also have updates on the various zoning and development issues in the
Heights including plans to add a splash pad for children as part of the
Riverview Park renovation plans and the many development applications
Tonight - Palisade Lumber Development Before Planning Board
proposed development for the former Palisade Lumber site is scheduled
to go before the Planning Board for site plan approval tonight (May 8th
at 5:30pm) -- likely the last public hearing on this proposed
development before construction permits can be pulled.
Neighborhood Association's appeal of the zoning officers decision
determining that this project did not require "d" (for height/density)
variances failed; it is now only required to be presented to the
planning board for site plan approval. That public hearing is this
evening, at City Hall at 5:30PM.
The current proposal is 46 units, 5 stories along 222' of Palisade, two retail spaces and 41 parking spots. You can review the current plans here.
and an active group of residents had met several times with the
developers/attorneys for this project and had had come closer to
reaching consensus after modifications to the plans were made. Indeed
the membership vote at the monthly meeting was quite close with only 8
more members opposed to the project than in favor. Yet, the developer's
attorney's determined that they were better off trying an end around 18
years of precedent (similar development projects all requiring variances
to the bulk standards) and exploit poor wording in the zoning code to
avoid needing variances at all. They prevailed and the door was open for
others to push through zoning applications at the SAME time as R2
zoning changes are before the City Council.
of the merits of the Lumberyard development, the path that they have
chosen has undermined the zoning along Palisade Ave. As it stands,
and until the R2 zoning is amended by the City Council (First Reading
of the proposed changes to the R2 zoning will be on Wednesday May 9th,
the second reading is May 23nd), any development with retail on the
first floor and apartments above, requires no variances for height or
density. This has left RNA no choice but to evaluate its legal and
other options to protect our neighborhood. The RNA Board welcomes your
input to this critical decision - please share it by coming to Tuesdays
|391 Palisade Seeks to Add 7th Floor
development at 391 Palisade is under construction and would be the
highest building along Palisade Ave in the R2 zone if completed based on
its previous zoning board approvals. Yet, based on the recent
determination of the zoning officer for the Palisade Lumber project,
that no variances are required for projects that have retail on the
first floor and apartments above, the developers of this project are now
seeking to add a 7th Floor and four more units. The zoning officer has
determined that to do so, the developer will only require site plan
approval before the Planning Board (a minimal standard).
vehemently disagrees with the zoning officer's determination and is
evaluating its legal options. In the interim, we ask that you
call, write or email Mayor Fulop, the City Council and our City Planners
and let them know that you do not appreciate this effort to circumvent
the zoning along Palisade Ave - in particular while amendments to the
Palisade Ave zoning are presently being considered by the City Council.
(The Planning Board recommended the changes to the R2 zoning at its
meeting on April 24th, the first reading before the Council is May 9th
and the Public Hearing on May 23rd)
We do not yet know when this
Site Plan application for 391 Palisade Ave will go before the Planning
Board but public participation is critical. Please write those emails
and/or make calls and most importantly, show up at the Planning Board
meeting (we'll publish the date once announced).
May 10th - Big Night for More Zoning Applications
In a hot real estate market, there are major development projects on each Zoning Board agenda. This week, Thursday May 10th at 6:00pm is
no exception. There are hearings scheduled for projects on
Central Ave, Sherman Place and Zabriskie Street. Please review the
zoning board agenda here.
Please note, to voice your support or opposition to a zoning
application you must show up and speak at the zoning board meeting at
|Opening Day - Ogden's End Community Garden|
of volunteers came out on Saturday, May 5th for the opening day at
Ogden's End Community Garden. Volunteers from RNA and the
University of Michigan Alumni Association cleaned up, planted flowers
and vegetables, mulched and protected the plantings from ground hogs (we
Volunteers are needed during the week to water and on Saturday's between 10AM and Noon.
Ogden's End Community Garden is open to the public every day between
May and November and is 100% volunteer run and operated. Stop by
Saturdays at 10am to participate or visit us on Facebook. To get
added to the garden email list, send and email to email@example.com.
Upcoming and Ongoing Events - Heights Activities Calendar
Riverview Farmers Market - Sunday from 10AM - 3PM - and continuing every Sunday through November.
Backroom Broadsides Spoken Word/Poetry Series:
First Tuesday of each month from 8pm to 10pm, the next event is
June 5th at Fox and Crow - Open mic (5 min limit per reader) A big
thank you to the Fox & Crow for sponsoring Backroom Broadsides
Check our "Weekend Update"
emails, sent every Friday morning, for all the events in the Heights
and the offerings from our Weekend Update business sponsors.
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