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Ford plant granted tax exemption by township
By Mark Tower
May. 24, 2010   ·   5:44 p.m.

Ford Motor Company's Rawsonville Plan, located at the intersection of Textile and Bridge Roads in Ypsilanti Township, will soon be the new home for production of Ford's Electric Focus batteries, formerly produced in Mexico.

New machines and equipment will soon be wheeled into Ford's Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti Township as it begins manufacturing a line of batteries for the new global...read more

Township takes resident to court over use of its land
By Mark Tower
May. 21, 2010   ·   5:12 p.m.

The property being used as a barbecue manufacturing and retail operation along Ford Boulevard just south of Clark Road in Ypsilanti Township is actually owned by the township, which will take the adjacent resident to court over the matter.

Ypsilanti Township will be taking one if its resident to court over the illegal use of township property along Ford Boulevard just south of Clark Road, owing to...read more

Ypsilanti Twp. purchases possible park land
By Mark Tower
May. 21, 2010   ·   4:17 p.m.

The 8.44 acres of land purchased by Ypsilanti Twp. Tuesday is bordered on the east by S. Harris Rd. and by Glenwood Ave. on the west. Township officials purchased the foreclosed property at a reduced price in hopes of someday building a park on the land.

Ypsilanti Township residents near the intersection of South Harris and Ecorse Roads may someday get a new community park, owing to the purchase of 8.44 acres of...read more

Marijuana zoning ordinance adopted in Ypsilanti Twp.
By Mark Tower
May. 20, 2010   ·   6:08 p.m.

Zoning restrictions approved Tuesday in Ypsilanti Township mean a sight like this, the storefront for a medical marijuana dispensary in California, will only be legal in districts zoned light industrial.

Ypsilanti Township Trustees took a step toward restricting the newly-legal medical marijuana industry Tuesday by voting unanimously in support of an amendment to...read more

Ypsilanti voters to decide on millage increase for bus service
By Dan DuChene
May. 19, 2010   ·   1:40 p.m.

Ypsilanti City Council unanimously approved putting a proposal to voters in August that would raise property taxes by 0.98 mills to generate revenue for bus service Tuesday.

In August, voters in the city of Ypsilanti will be deciding whether to raise property taxes by 0.98 mills to fund public transportation.

If passed, the proposal...read more

Judge orders Beal, city to negotiate Thompson Block agreement
By Dan DuChene
May. 12, 2010   ·   5:30 p.m.

The Thompson Block sits on the northeast corner of Cross and River streets in Depot Town. It has been supported by scaffolding since a fire devastated the building in Sept. 2009.

The new judge assigned to the city's suit against the owners of the Thompson Block has ordered both parties to attempt to negotiate an agreement.

Judge Donald...read more

City Council approves all mayor's re-appointments

Photo by Dan DuChene

Jone Coleman, president of downtown business LookInTheAttic, shares his thoughts with City Council about the discussion and procedure taken to pass mayoral re-appointments, which he was being considered for the Downtown Development Authority.
By Dan DuChene
Jun. 16, 2010    ·    3:42 a.m.

After much procedure, Ypsilanti City Council approved six mayoral re-appointments to city boards and committees Tuesday, including the two postponed from earlier in the month.

Each of the six appointments were approved individually, as a motion to divide the question was made by Councilmember Peter Mudock, D-Ward 3, and passed by City Council. Every re-appointment except Rod Johnson, to the Ypsilanti Planning Commission, was approved unanimously.

Murdock and Councilmember Michael Bodary, D-Ward...read more


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Council postpones two reappointments

By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010    ·    4:57 p.m.

Two of Ypsilanti's volunteer board members were not reappointed on schedule Tuesday night, owing to a 4-2 vote by City Council to delay the appointments until after the August 2 primary election.

On the agenda at the Council meeting were resolutions to reappoint John Bailey to the Zoning Board of Appeals and Rod Johnson as chair of the Planning Commission.

The reason given by councilmember Mike Bodary, D-Ward 2, who made the motion to table the issue, was that the appointees will work closely...read more


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Downtown properties to be rehabilitated

The three properties located at 120, 122 and 124 West Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti will soon be rebuilt into commercial and office space and loft apartments, thanks to a planned $1.7 million investment by developers. Photo by Mark Tower

The three properties located at 120, 122 and 124 West Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti will soon be rebuilt into commercial and office space and loft apartments, thanks to a planned $1.7 million investment by developers.
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010    ·    10:40 a.m.

Three recently-vacated properties in downtown Ypsilanti, two of them condemned, will soon be renovated owing to recent purchase by a local development company and a tax exemption granted the developers by City Council Tuesday night.

The three properties, at 120, 122 and 124 West Michigan Avenue, are easily identified in the center of Ypsilanti's downtown, two of the properties with steel siding on the upper facade.

The tax exemption, approved with an unanimous vote by City Council, will freeze...read more


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Ypsilanti Township authorizes litigation against Liberty Square

Many of the homes in the Liberty Square complex on Grove Street in Ypsilanti Township are already boarded and ready for foreclosure sale. All 151 units, some of which are still occupied, will be condemned Tuesday, Ypsilanti Township has resolved. Photo by Mark Tower

Many of the homes in the Liberty Square complex on Grove Street in Ypsilanti Township are already boarded and ready for foreclosure sale. All 151 units, some of which are still occupied, will be condemned Tuesday, Ypsilanti Township has resolved.
By Mark Tower
May. 28, 2010    ·    6:53 p.m.

Residents living in the Liberty Square complex of townhouses will see a sticker appear on their homes Tuesday, when the Ypsilanti Township Building Department places notices on each and every unit, announcing they are condemned and giving residents 30 days to vacate.

Building Department Director Ron Fulton told the township's board of trustees Thursday that the complex, located just northwest of the intersection of Rawsonville Road and Grove Street, is a blight on the community and recommended...read more


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