This evening at their business meeting, the Kalamazoo city commission is expected to vacate the north-most 337 feet of Lafayette Avenue and permanently close the road at W. Michigan Ave. This means they would sell 0.51 acres of public street to private property owners, though the city would retain a public utilities easement on the land. Main Street Properties (Timothy Housler) would acquire most of the road and have to pay $8,545 for it. The 7-11/Jimmy Johns building owner at 2627 W. Michigan Ave. (Laurence Jones) would receive the east 33 feet of Lafayette Avenue next to his property and pay $1,393 for it.
So, last night (the night before today's vacation vote), I recorded this video of the area in the Knollwood neighborhood being redeveloped by Main Street Properties. The video begins on the west at the corner of Euclid Avenue and W. Michigan Avenue. The video begins with a no left turn sign, because there are many in this area and they will all be removed when this redevelopment is complete, except for possibly one at the 7-11/Jimmy Johns driveway. After the no left turn sign, you see apartment buildings erected by Main Street Properties during redevelopment around 2007. Then you see a concrete traffic barrier triangle at the end of Euclid Ave., that is intended to physically prevent illegal left turns. Next, a walk east along W. Michigan Ave., where 14 rental homes have been removed to make way for a 5 story mixed use building. The video ends at the intersection of W. Michigan Ave. and Lafayette Ave. This is the section of road that will be permanently closed. The video ends with a well timed young couple walking into view. Holding hands, they walk down the section of street that will be vacated.
This video was recorded at 8:41 p.m. EDT on Sunday, July 20, 2014 with a handheld iPhone 4.