Library Lot Conference Center

This is an archive of posts relating to an effort to award the Ann Arbor Library Lot to a developer (Valiant Partners LLC) who proposed to build a hotel and a conference center in a complex business arrangement with the City.  It describes events from approximately December 2008 to April 2011.

Hotel proposed as part of the Valiant Partners project

Ann Arbor citizens blocked this project through a concerted effort of many people and the reluctant acquiescence of certain City officials and key members of the City Council.   An RFP was announced, proposals were received, and ultimately the Council withdrew the RFP and all deals were halted.

There were many lessons to be learned here, some of which have required repeating.  Even today the Library Lot is still the subject of public discussion.

General References:

Posts (in ascending order by date):

The Old Y and the New Conference Center (June 24, 2009)

Ann Arbor in the Goldfish Bowl (July 16, 2009)

Digging Ourselves into a Hole (August 15, 2009)

The Secret Plan for the Conference Center (August 20, 2009)

How the Secret Plan Would Work (August 21, 2009)

Parking, Money, and the Conference Center (September 25, 2009)

Looking Backward and Forward to the Conference Center (November 20, 2009)

The Secret Plan Online (November 23, 2009)

Library Lot Advisory Committee Update (December 4, 2009)

Library Lot: Open Space Option Dropped (December 18, 2009)

The Top of the Parking Decision (December 20, 2009)

The Old Y, the Conference Center, and the Inside Track (January 19, 2010)

Density and the Conference Center (January 24, 2010)

The Two-Track Solution (January 28, 2010)

A Valiant Effort for a Conference Center (February 11, 2010)

Full Steam Ahead on the Conference Center (February 26, 2010)

Economics of an Ann Arbor Conference Center(I) (March 1, 2010)

Economics of an Ann Arbor Conference Center (II) (March 3, 2010)

Acquest vs. Valiant on the Library Lot (March 5, 2010)

Signs and Portents for the Library Lot (November 25, 2010)

Who Holds the Stakes for the Ann Arbor Library Lot? (December 2, 2010)

What’s in the Box: Analyzing the Roxbury Report on the Conference Center (December 3, 2010)

What’s in the Box II:  The New Valiant Offer for the Conference Center (December 15, 2010)

What’s in the Box III: Feasibility of the Valiant Proposal (Part A) (December 16, 2010)

What’s in the Box III: Feasibility of the Valiant Proposal (Part B) (December 17, 2010)

What’s in the Box III: Feasibility of the Valiant Proposal (Part C) (December 20, 2010)

What’s in the Box III: Feasibility of the Valiant Proposal (Part D) (December 24, 2010)

What’s in the Box III: Feasibility of the Valiant Proposal (Part E) (December 27, 2010)

What’s in the Box III: Feasibility of the Valiant Proposal (Part F) (January 3, 2011)

The Balance Sheet for the Valiant Proposal for the Conference Center (January 4, 2011)

Economics of an Ann Arbor Conference Center III (January 13, 2011)

Whatever Happened to the Library Lot Project? An Update (January 28,2011)

Library Lot Forecast: Cloudy (February 18, 2011)

Ann Arbor Conference Center: An Authoritative Study (February 19, 2011)

What’s in the Box (Compiled) (March 2, 2011)

An edited, compiled summary of posts on the Roxbury report and the Valiant proposal for the Ann Arbor Library Lot.

We Must Stop Meeting Like This (Library Lot) (March 6, 2011)

But What is the True Intent of the Valiant LOI? (March 18, 2011)

Another Library Lot Study Surfaces (March 25, 2011)

The End of the Story for Now

(April 1 , 2011)

 

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