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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

Governor presents 'big' check for Ypsi Freighthouse

Photo by Dan DuChene and Christine Laughren

Governor Jennifer Granholm presented a $500,000 check to the city of Ypsilanti and the Friends of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse for major structural improvements to the facility.
Dr. Kimberly A. Rice DDS

Federal stimulus funds could open historic structure next year

By Dan DuChene
Apr. 10, 2009    ·    1:12 p.m.


Behind a row of video camera stands and crouching photographers, the south half of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse was packed wall-to-wall with people.

The crowd was likely the largest the 131-year-old structure in Depot Town has held since it was closed by the city due to building code violations in 2004.

All eyes were on Ypsilanti to watch Governor Jennifer Granholm deliver a $500,000 check, which could allow community events by the time the train stops in Ypsilanti in 2010.

Ed Penet, a trustee for the Friends of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse, was setting up chairs on the north porch of the building at 8 a.m. for the event. The occasion started at 9:30 p.m., and was moved inside due to cold weather.

“It’s thrilling,” Penet said. “We’ve worked so hard.”

Penet said he met his wife Bonnie, who serves as the organization’s co-chair, at the building 26 years ago. He said he’s looking forward to the Freighthouse holding public auctions, neighborhood meetings and other local events as it had since the city purchased the property in 1979.

“This is a community center,” Penet said. “This is our opportunity.”

Granholm was joined by most local and county politicians, as well as U.S. Congressman John Dingell, D-15th District; state congresswomen Alma Wheeler-Smith, D-54th District, and Pam Byrnes, D-52nd.

At the event, Granholm spoke about the source of the Freighthouse’s new funding, the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“This is a physical way that citizens across the state can see how this is going to help us,” she said.

Ypsilanti is one of 67 communities in Michigan to benefit from a total of $47.3 million in transportation enhancement funding according the governor. She said it will create 109,000 more jobs in the state.

“It’s not technically a road project, but it’s an enhancement,” she said. “Rail is a big piece of what the recovery act envisions.”

Bonnie addressed the crowd before Granholm. She explained the group’s vision for the Freighthouse after the work is completed. She said the building will serve as a environmentally friendly visitor center that can serve as an example of Ypsilanti’s history and innovation.

“Endless potential,” she said. “I’m sure the original builders could not imagine this transformation.”

Dingell spoke after Granholm. He thanked her for attending the event and for “bringing the money.

“This is a wonderful facility and a wonderful piece of the history of Ypsilanti,” Dingell said. “It has been loved by the people.”

Ypsilanti Freighthouse receives $500,000 in federal funds



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