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City Council approves all mayor's re-appointments
By Dan DuChene
Jun. 16, 2010   ·   3:42 a.m.

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.

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

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...read more

Downtown properties to be rehabilitated
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   10:40 a.m.

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.

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...read more

Ypsilanti Township authorizes litigation against Liberty Square
By Mark Tower
May. 28, 2010   ·   6:53 p.m.

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.

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...read more

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

Beal presents long-term plan for Thompson Block

Stewart Beal, owner of Ypsilanti's Thompson Building, said he hopes to renovate 408 N. River to accommodate a bar/restaurant as part of a 10-month, two-phase plan presented to City Council Tuesday evening. Photo by File Photo

Stewart Beal, owner of Ypsilanti's Thompson Building, said he hopes to renovate 408 N. River to accommodate a bar/restaurant as part of a 10-month, two-phase plan presented to City Council Tuesday evening.
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Developer plans 'retreat from the street,' building renovations

By Christine Laughren
Feb. 3, 2010    ·    12:54 a.m.


The owner of Ypsilanti’s Thompson Building presented a two-part plan to fully open the roads surrounding the burned building at 400 N. River St., as well as renovate and lease an undamaged portion at Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting.

Stewart Beal, president of Beal Properties, which owns the Thompson Building, said in exchange for a 10-month extension of the City’s Traffic Control Order he would implement a one-year timetable for removing the road blocks and renovating a portion the building. Beal described the first phase as “retreat from the street.”

By March 15, Beal said he would have the support beams protruding onto the northbound lane of River St. removed and the entirety of the street open. He said a complete investigation of the foundation would be completed by May 30.

The basement of the building would likely be filled for additional structural integrity, and façade stabilization would be slowly implemented during the summer. Finally, Beal said he expects all of Cross St. to be fully open by fall, the façade of the building facing River St. repaired by Nov. 30 and the sidewalks restored by winter.

Phase two of Beal’s plan is to renovate a small portion at the north end of the building. The portion, protected by a fire wall, didn’t suffer as much damage as the rest of the structure and Beal said a bar/restaurant in a renovated portion of the building could recoup costs associated with renovating the remainder of the building.

Beal said he envisioned keeping the shell of the Thompson Building intact and constructing an entirely new building inside the old one.

“That would still allow us to capture historic tax credits,” Beal said Tuesday evening.

Although, he was hopeful the prospective tenant - who would occupy the first and second floor at 408 N. River - would secure financing, Beal said the company was “at the tenant’s mercy.” He said Beal Properties would provide the basic shell of a bar/restaurant and the tenant would have to provide the furniture, kitchen and other amenities.

Councilmember Pete Murdock, D-Ward 3, asked Beal if there was any way the timetable could be compressed. Beal said he thought he might be able to finagle the timetable a little, however, due to costs, scheduling and the skilled staff the project requires, Beal estimated his timetable to be reasonable.

Beal’s TCO extension expires Feb. 8. City Council is expected to vote on a TCO correlating with Beal’s timetable at its Feb. 16 meeting.

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