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ANN ARBOR — The future of Ann Arbor’s South State Street Corridor is becoming clearer. Residents can now weigh-in on plans — which are moving toward adoption next month — online or by phone, with feedback received by April 30 to be considered in finalizing the draft plan. Over the past year, the city has been working with members of the community to develop a vision for the portion of

City calls for feedback on plans for South State Street Corridor
South State Street between Stimson Street and West Ellsworth Road. A variety of stakeholders, including area residents, business leaders, land owners, corridor users, water resources specialists, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Transportation Authority and Pittsfield Township, have been working together on this project, and all are committed to the revitalization of this corridor. A final draft plan is available for public review and comment at: www.a2gov. org/southstate. People can also contact City Planner Jeff Kahan at 734-794-6000, ext. 42614, or jkahan@a2gov. org to ask questions or provide comment on the final draft plan. A2 Open City Hall, the city’s new online public forum, is another way to give feedback about the draft plan: www.a2gov.org/ a2opencityhall. The draft South State Street Corridor Plan recommends sustainable solutions to improve aesthetics, land use and access; nonmotorized use; integration of housing; traffic safety; stormwater management; and much more. The Planning Commission will review the draft plan at a working session scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at Larcom City Hall (301 E. Huron) in the basement conference room. The public hearing for final adoption is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at Larcom City Hall in the City Council chambers (second floor). The South State Street corridor is a major employment center and retail destination, containing more than 1 million square feet of retail space, 900,000 square feet of office space and 580,000 square feet of industrial and light manufacturing space. This twomile segment also serves as a gateway to downtown and the University of Michigan from Interstate 94.

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Challenge focuses on alternate commutes
Annual event asks workers to explore new travel methods
ANN ARBOR – What do Google Ann Arbor, Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, Arbor Research Collaborative for Health and the Michigan Theater all have in common? They are all getting ready for the 2013 Commuter Challenge! The Commuter Challenge is a fun, free alternative commuting competition that happens during the month of May. More information about the Challenge is available at www.LetsMakeaMove.org. A video about the Challenge can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=cdh5GNL5_98 During the Challenge, Ann Arbor area organizations compete to see who can get the most employees to try an alternative commute. Last year, winners included the Clean Energy Coalition, MyBuys, Washtenaw Friend of the Court, Infor Global Solutions and Zingerman’s Community of Businesses As of April 17, more than 700 employees from 172 organizations have signed up to take the Challenge. Organizations already signed up for the Commuter Challenge include the City of Ann Arbor, Google Ann Arbor, UM Health System, Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, and the Ann Arbor District Library. To see the most current list of participating organizations, visit www.participants.letsmakeamove.org

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University of Michigan Solar Car Team work on last year’s vehicle, “Quantum,” at the Big House in Ann Arbor. The team will be unveiling the new car, “Generation,” in June.

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U-M Solar Car Team tuning up
This year’s vehicle to make debut in June; ‘Buy-A-Cell’ fundraising effort under way
By Donna Iadipaolo
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The University of Michigan SolarCar Team recently unveiled this year’s car name, “Generation,” at the South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas in March. However, the look of the car itself remains top secret. The team is not allowing anyone to view the vehicle until its official unveiling in June. “Unfortunately, we are not allowed to take pictures of the new car as we keep it confidential to give us an edge in the race,” said Ian Sullivan, a U-M sophomore and the current public relations manager on the Business Division for the U-M Solar-Car. But everyone will get a chance to inspect “Generation” relatively soon. “We are targeting the unveiling of our 2013 solar-car, Generation, at PLEASE SEE CHALLENGE/3-A the Detroit Grand Prix in early June.”

The Ann Arbor community can help support the team now. The U-M Solar Team is currently involved in a “Buy-A-Cell” campaign where supporters can purchase as solar cell on the car for $250. “The goal is for 400 cells to be purchased, amounting to $100,000,” Sullivan said. The largest race that the University of Michigan Solar-Car is involved in is the World Solar Challenge in Australia, which occurs in the fall. However, the car will be involved in other races as well. The World Solar Challenge is a 3,000 kilometer race from Darwin to Adelaide, Australia. “I’m hoping my first race will be our ‘mock race’ in mid-July, where Generation will race 1,000 miles around the lower peninsula of Michigan,” Sullivan said. “The primary purpose is to test the new car

but it is also a wonderful opportunity to connect with sponsors around the state and to let people see the car perform.” And the University of Michigan Solar-Car team enjoys an impressive winning history. “We have built 11 custom solarelectric vehicles and have won seven national championships, establishing ourselves as America’s (No. 1) team,” Sullivan said. “We are hoping to improve on our third-place finish in the 2011 World Solar Challenge.” Last summer, U-M’s Solar-Car Team won the 2012 American Solar-Car Challenge, which is a long-distance race in the United States for solarpowered vehicles. This win signaled the fourth victory in a row in this race, and the seventh in total for the University of Michigan.” The “American Solar-Car Challenge” began in 1990 and spans 1,650 miles. Last year, the race began in Rochester, NY and finished in St. Paul, Minn.

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