May 24, 2016
The University of Michigan has decided not to move forward with plans to build a new transportation operations and maintenance center on North Campus.
The current project, originally approved in May 2014, will be canceled.
"The project development team understands the importance of community engagement in selecting sites for university activities," says Hank Baier, associate vice president for facilities and operations. "In this case, we should have sought input from our neighbors earlier in the development process. Going forward, this will be our practice as we consider uses for this site as well as others."
Baier said the university may, in the future, bring forward a project to either replace or renovate the existing bus facility on Kipke Drive to better meet the university's needs.
The initial project called for the $38.5 million, 100,000-square-foot building to be constructed near Green Road between Baxter and Hubbard roads, relocating from Kipke Drive on the Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus.
The proposed center was planned to accommodate current and future maintenance space needs, including the flexibility to handle larger, articulated buses.