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Michael Prochaska, director of Ann Arbor's Planning Department for the " past three and a half years, is quitting nis job to take a position with the Taubman Company Inc. development firm. Prochaska officially turned in his resignation to the Commission Tuesday night, saying he will leave his $20,000-ayear job Sept. 7 and .ïoin the Taubman company later that month. "l'm looking forward to it and I'm apprehensive about it, too," Prochaska said With Taubman, a nalionwide developer of shopping miters, ïiiduding the Briarwoud Shpuuint; Center, he baid he would be long-range piannmg. Prochaska said he accepted the job with private mdustry to complete his training as a professional planner. He said he has worked in many areas of planning, including academie, consultation and on the governmental level, but has never seen planning from the corporate viewpoing. "1 hope that 1 will be a beller professional because of this," he said Hf also said he chose this time to'joirT a pruale finii beeause he feit a change is in itie makiriif in the private sector auii iit teil TauDinán is part of this chauge. The commissioners received the resig, nation mostly in stunned silence. Commission Chairman John Lajrd said he j first heard Proehaska was leaving last Friday and had "time to recover." He joked, "I guess we can expect to see you at our working sessions pushing TaubI man proposals now." Laird added the I new job was "a wonderful opportunity I for Mike." Proehaska first joined the city planning staff in 1968, and became director less than a year later lie is a gradúate ot Cass Technical High schooi in Detroit I received his bai -helui s degree in landscape architecture al Michigan State 1 Uinversjty and his master's degree in the same field at the University in 1965. j Before coming to Ann Arbor I ka worked with a private consulting firm I in Toronto, Ont., Canada, and his labors I took him throughout the world. As a 1 sultant he worked in the field of urban I design and regional planning and worked I extensively on Expo 67 in Montreal I Prochaska recommended to the commissioners thal Assistant Planning Director John Hyslop be named actins di-j rector until a permanent replaceineni i.-.] fourid. No action was taken last night I Pruchaska .will continue to live ui.Ainl Arbur. I - - - - - --


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