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Volunteers prepare for Ypsi PRIDE Day
By Mark Tower
May. 13, 2010   ·   7:09 a.m.

Volunteers and W.H. Canon employees plant flowers in Depot Town while Ypsilanti resident Mike Labadie repairs the planter's brick work on Ypsi PRIDE Day last year.

Each year, residents in and around the city of Ypsilanti carry on a tradition started by a group of community members enrolled in a city leadership program, a sort...read more

Bicycles zoom as flowers bloom
By Citizen staff
Apr. 30, 2010   ·   2:11 p.m.

Riders from last year's spring ride come in after a long trip. Bike Ypsi’s 2010 Spring Ride and Festival is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday at Recreation Park (1015 Congress Street).

The weather has turned, the trees are budding and the flowers are popping out of the ground; time for a cruise through town. But don’t be so quick to hop in the...read more

Sheriff Clayton visits Ypsilanti Township
By Mark Tower
Apr. 29, 2010   ·   12:59 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township resident Kathleen Hanadel takes notes as her and other residents attempt to asses WCSO services Tuesday evening at a community forum held at the township's community center.

About 50 Ypsilanti Township residents gave the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office their input about law enforcement in the community Tuesday evening.

The information...read more

Local photographer raising funds for Ypsi Project exhibit
By Adrienne Ziegler
Apr. 20, 2010   ·   2:20 a.m.

Ypsilanti resident Nicholas Beltsos his grandson Demetrios were photographed by Project Ypsi photographer Erica Hampton during a bike ride she took Monday. A former EMU economics professor, Beltsos and his family moved to Ypsi from Dearborn in 1967.

Ypsilanti has many faces, and Erica Hampton wants to share a few of them with you.

Over the past year, Hampton created the The Ypsi Project, a series of portraits...read more

Savoy taking shape as live music venue
By Dan DuChene
Apr. 17, 2010   ·   2:38 p.m.

Local funk band Third Coast Kings play in Ypsilanti's newest live music venue, Savoy, Friday night.

Ypsilanti's newest concert venue is preparing for its grand opening weekend April 23, more than a month after its soft opening March 13.

Formerly Club Divine,...read more

Beal says new projects separate from Thompson Block

Stewart Beal, who owns the Thompson Block in Depot Town, said his new foreclosure purchases will keep his 30 employees working until work on the structure can get started again when loan funding is secured. Photo by Jennifer Williams

Stewart Beal, who owns the Thompson Block in Depot Town, said his new foreclosure purchases will keep his 30 employees working until work on the structure can get started again when loan funding is secured.
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Five new foreclosure captures keep 30 employees working

By Dan DuChene
Dec. 22, 2008    ·    3:41 a.m.


After local developer Stewart Beal announced he was purchasing five foreclosed properties in the area, an Ypsilanti City Councilmember had a question.

Brian Robb, D-Ward 3, asked his question during Council proposed business at a meeting held last month. He asked why Beal is investing money into new buildings as the Thompson Block still sits stalled in Depot Town.

Beal, who plans too put $200,000 into renovating the homes, called Robb’s question “ill-advised commentary.” He said the project to purchase the buildings, located near Eastern Michigan University, was embarked on to maintain business in the city until the wheels started moving in Depot Town again.

“These are two completely different animals and they shouldn’t be lumped together,” Beal said.

Though Beal had acquired two tenants to occupy storefront units in the Thompson Block, the bank he planned to receive finance from pulled its loan. He said the leases are still binding and the companies, which were hoping to expand into Ypsilanti, are conducting their business as usual.

However, Beal said the newly purchased houses, which he plans to convert to apartments, keep his 30 local employees at work in the city.

In the mean time, Beal said he is working out a new boarding plan for the Thompson Block. He said he doesn’t know when it will be completed, but the boards on the windows will be painted to resemble real windows.

He said a passer-by could be deceived based on an “extremely quick glance.”

The fist of the five buildings recently acquired by Beal will soon be completely renovated, and he said it is nearly rented out. He expects to be completely done with the 17 apartments by the middle of next year.



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