Hope Clinic withdraws purchase of Ave Maria on Forest Ave.

November 22, 2006 by  
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(November 22, 2006) The board of directors for Hope Clinic have decided to not pursue the purchase of the Ave Maria property on Forest Avenue in Ypsilanti. Citing opposition from residents in the Riverside Neighborhood Association, Hope Clinic Executive Director Cathy Robinson said they are looking elsewhere for space.

“There was a great deal of work necessary for Hope to proceed,” said Robinson. “From rezoning the property, site plan, conditional use, and more. All of which would be an up hill battle. It would have been even more difficult starting from the negative without the support of the neighborhood.”

At a special meeting with Hope and the Riverside Neighborhood Association held on November 2, residents expressed concern over increased vehicle traffic as well as increased non-resident pedestrian traffic. Residents were also concerned about the loss of green space to new parking.

Robinson said that Hope was going to start over as they still want to look to consolidate their different operations into a single location. Currently, Hope has about 2,000sf of space for the medical clinic and 1,000sf for their Dental Clinic. They have an immediate need for 2,000sf of new space for the two clinics. Robinson estimates that they need about 10,000sf of total space for all their programs and staff.


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