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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

Chief Harshberger lands job in Pittsfield Twp.

Matthew Harshberger Photo by Christine Laughren

Matthew Harshberger

City begins search to fill position

By Christine Laughren
May. 13, 2009    ·    11:34 a.m.

Ypsilanti Police Chief Matthew Harshberger will leave his position in the department at the end of the month to take a job as Pittsfield Township's Public Safety Director.

Pittsfield Township's Board of Trustees approved Harshberger's appointment at its meeting Tuesday evening.

"It was a local opportunity," Harshberger said this morning. "I live in Pittsfield Township and it's something I couldn't pass by."

Harshberger's last day will be May 29. He will start his new job at the beginning of June.

Lieutenant Paul DeRidder will be working with Harshberger to train as interim chief of police until the city begins its search process. Harshberger said DeRidder was chosen as interim because he has been with the department for several years.

Harshberger said he is going to miss a lot of people in Ypsilanti but he said he would still be close.

"I wanted to stay in the Washtenaw County area," he said. "Pittsfield Township is just a stone's throw away."


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