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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 
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May 2018
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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.
At 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 before us.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend.  
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Tonight - Palisade Lumber Development Before Planning Board  

The 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.

Riverview 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.

RNA 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. 

Regardless 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 RNA meeting.  

391 Palisade Seeks to Add 7th Floor

The 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).

RNA 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 city hall. 
Opening Day - Ogden's End Community Garden

Dozens 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 hope).

Volunteers are needed during the week to water and on Saturday's between 10AM and Noon. 

The 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

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 series. 
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