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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

College Place street repairs begin in summer

Work on College Place, near Eastern Michigan University, is scheduled to begin in June. Photo by Christine Laughren

Work on College Place, near Eastern Michigan University, is scheduled to begin in June.

Work scheduled to finish early September

By David Gomez
Jan. 21, 2010    ·    11:50 a.m.

The unevenness in the road is enough to make even the most seasoned seafarer vomit.

That's why the City of Ypsilanti is planning repairs on College Place near the Eastern Michigan University campus in June.

The street’s surface will be totally replaced along with the fire hydrants in the area.

“The project was originally estimated at about $204 (thousand), but with the extra work that EMU wants to include the final estimate is at about $320,000,” Ypsilanti Department of Public Services Director Stan Kirton said.

In addition to the regular road work, a stamped-concrete cross walk will be installed in front of Pease Auditorium. A new cross walk near Cross Street and two near Forrest Ave. will also be installed.

For its part, EMU contributed to the design engineering costs of the project.

Students who frequently drive on the portion of the road near the EMU campus are happy that the high traffic area will be fixed.

“It’s horrible to drive on,” EMU student Lauren Houghton said. “I think it (repairs) would be great.”

Kirton agreed.

“I call it the ‘milkshake maker,’ ” he said. “Just bring some chocolate milk mix, some milk and a jug and drive down College Place.”

The project was originally slated to begin more than five years ago. However, the plan was put on hold when EMU came to the city with the idea of a pedestrian mall where the street is now. When that idea faded, Kirton said College Place fell to the bottom of the city’s Transportation Improvement Program.

In late 2009, Ypsilanti was awarded federal stimulus money through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and College Place was at the top of the list again.

“Based upon our federal allocations percentage, we had enough to do College Place and another portion of Mansfield Road,” Kirton said.

Costs for Mansfield Rd. – a $550,000 project – are being split with the Washtenaw County Road Commission, which is contracted by Ypsilanti Township. Kirton said the Mansfield improvements include the installation of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, in addition to the new street surface.

Work on College Place is scheduled to begin in June, when spring and summer semesters are in session and traffic is not as heavy. The project is expected to be complete no later than Sept. 8

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