Ypsilanti Citizen News Sidetrack

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

City Council hears from 2020 Task Force

Gary Clark, 2020 Task Force chair, stands in front of City Council to deliver the group's final report Tuesday. The group had been commissioned to provide a vision for the city. Photo by Dan DuChene

Gary Clark, 2020 Task Force chair, stands in front of City Council to deliver the group's final report Tuesday. The group had been commissioned to provide a vision for the city.
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Committee from mayoral race makes final report Tuesday

By Dan DuChene
Jan. 28, 2009    ·    2:16 a.m.


Nearly two years after it was created by City Council, the Ypsilanti 2020 Task Force made its final presentation Tuesday night.

Stemming from Paul Schreiber’s 2006 mayoral race, the 11-member group was charged with looking into the city’s “long-term challenges and opportunities for the city.”

The presentation for City Council lasted more than two hours and was broken into eight different portions, each a different area the group had focused on during discussions. Different members of the group made their own presentations on the areas he or she were deemed experts in.

“Keep in mind, you wanted us to vision 11 years into the future,” said Gary Clark, the task force’s chair, “not way out there were things get silly and unachievable.”

Clark laid out the vision his group had reached for Ypsilanti in 2020. He described a “vibrant and self-sufficient” small Michigan city.

“Through careful observation of current economic and social factors, Ypsilanti has instituted policies consistent with a changing world,” he said

Working toward a “live-in philosophy,” Clark said the task force’s vision of Ypsilanti was of a self-sustaining, thriving entertainment destination.

“Ypsilanti is a leader in marrying green technology and historic preservation,” Clark said in his prediction.

The categories laid out by the group were heritage preservation, places to live, green spaces, commercial districts, economic development through arts, transportation, life cycles and entertainment.

Each category was given its own time in the presentation, but the group defined some key elements to highlight at both the beginning and end of the presentation. These items included finding ways to highlight Ypsilanti’s diverse heritage and culture, strengthening and supporting neighborhood associations and nurturing commercial districts.

The group also discussed maintaining and expanding free wireless internet, strengthening the city’s partnership with Eastern Michigan University, fostering an economic viable arts culture, connecting and restoring green spaces, continuing exploration into regional light rail connections and creating a city-wide trolley to connect different portions of the city.

Presenters in each of the segments laid out the significance of their portion and ways to implement the vision.

“All of us have made a commitment,” Clark said.
“We intend to shepherd along some of these ideas,” he said. “We’re not dumping this all on you.”

Clark invited City Council members to pick through the report, laid out in a three-ring binder for each member, and ask questions and pursue items with individual task force members.

“Each of us has personal projects we want to embark on,” he said.

Schreiber said the group had been faced with “an enormous task,” and commended the group for their work.

“I know you put in a lot of time,” he said.



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