Tallest building in 50 years approved by Ann Arbor City Council

In further action to address the affordable housing shortage, Ann Arbor City Council voted 9-2 in December to approve the development of a new 19-story building at 616 E. Washington St. The building will be the tallest structure approved for construction in the city since the 1960s, a decade when both the 26-story Tower Plaza and the 18-story University Towers were built. City law caps any structure to be built downtown at 180 feet. While this proposed new building would be just over 200 feet, zoning rules allow for additional floors in exchange for the inclusion of more affordable housing units.