City Council decides against buying land and saving trees

Ann Arbor City Council have decided not to purchase an eight-acre plot of land off Packard Road to save landmark trees that may be earmarked for removal. Developer Jim Haeussler has been working on plans to convert the land into a 51-home subdivision, calling for the removal of over 140 trees from the area. Residents of the area spoke out against the idea of the subdivision, arguing against changes to the area’s natural landscape. City Council failed to pass a revised unit development rezoning ordinance presented on October 8, leading to the proposed purchase to convert the lot into a new nature area. The city is now trying to reach a settlement with Haeussler that will see some of the trees preserved.