Public Restoon Pilot

Public Restroom Pilot

Throne Project Ann Arbor

The Downtown Public Restroom Pilot is a temporary public restroom installation to help us determine where and how we install more public restrooms downtown. The overarching goal is to provide a safe & dignified public restroom option for all people regardless of ability, gender, race, housing status, culture, and age.

Project Timeline

  • May – September 2023: Downtown Public Restroom Work Group goal and location criteria-setting
  • Fall 2023: Restroom cost share to DDA Board and City Council
  • Spring 2024: Pilot install
  • Spring 2024 – Spring 2025: Pilot operation and evaluation period
  • Summer 2025: Outcome report and recommendation for permanent public restroom solution


Following downtown stakeholder sessions in the Summer of 2022, the City Administrators’ Office convened a team to address the desire for more public restrooms downtown. Through this work, the Throne was selected as the pilot restroom option.

Downtown Public Restroom Work Group

To inform the pilot locations and how the pilot will be evaluated, the DDA convened a workgroup of downtown stakeholders to help inform the restroom pilot in May 2023.

Work Group Members

  • Ann Arbor District Library Director
  • City of Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues Representatives (2)
  • City of Ann Arbor Director of Organizational Equity
  • City of Ann Arbor DDA Executive Director
  • City of Ann Arbor Public Services Area Administrator
  • Downtown Business District Association Directors
    • Main Street
    • State Street
    • Kerrytown
  • Shelter Association of Washtenaw County Executive Director

Where will the Pilot be located?

This is what we are currently trying to determine. Before the pilot can be installed, we have to determine location of needed utilities, where the Throne can physically fit, major destinations, and areas of need. The Work Group will help set the criteria that our consultant will use to find a feasible pilot location(s).

Project Information

Downtown Street Map

Downtown Public Restroom Work Group Materials

September 18, 2023 Meeting Notes
September 18, 2023 Meeting Presentation
September 27, 2023 Work Group Recommendation Summary

July 26, 2023 Meeting with AAPD Notes
July 10, 2023 Meeting Presentation
July 14, 2023 Discussion Outcome
July 14, 2023 Meeting Notes

June 12, 2023 Meeting Notes
June 12, 2023 Draft Goals Metrics and Location Criteria
June 12, 2023 Location Criteria

May 22, 2023 Meeting Presentation
May 22, 2023 Meeting Notes





Board Meetings

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at Noon

Ann Arbor DDA Offices
150 South Fifth Avenue
Suite 301
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

Non-Regularly Scheduled/Special Meetings

DDA Informational Meetings 2023
Wednesday, June 7, 2023 at Noon (Completed)
Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at Noon

Special/Non-Regularly Scheduled Board Meeting



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