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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

City moves meeting times up

City Council discusses house keeping issues at its organizational meeting last night. Photo by Dan DuChene

City Council discusses house keeping issues at its organizational meeting last night.
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By Dan DuChene
Nov. 11, 2008    ·    1:20 a.m.

Ypsilanti City Council agreed to move its normal meeting time up to 7 p.m. at its organizational meeting last night.

Normally held at 7:30 p.m., the move was made to help with the how late the meetings have been known to end.

"I think often our meetings run over," said Councilmember Lois Richardson, D-Ward 1.

Richardson had brought the subject before City Council. She said she would rather see time ended on the front end because some people find attending meetings to the end prohibitive because of families at home or work the next day.

"When we need to be here at six or six thirty we’re here," she said.

New Councilmember Michael Bodary, D-Ward 2, agreed with Richardson. He said he has to work early in the morning

"It would be a benefit to me to be able to start earlier and hopefully end earlier," he said.

It was Bodary's first meeting after defeating, incumbent, John Gawlas in August's primary election and sealing his seat after running unopposed in last week's general election.

Peter Murdock, D-Ward 3, secured his seat on City Council in last week's general election as well. The former representative of the ward, Brian Filipiak, chose not to run for re-election and Murdock cinched the Democratic nomination in August. He won against two independent candidates last week.

During council proposed business, Murdock gave listed off eight items he wanted to discuss in the future.

Two of the items related to Water Street. He recommended City Council pass a resolution expressing its commitment to listening to any purposed use of the stalled deal. He also recommended putting the cash the city has spent on the project in with the Tax Increment Financing plan for the project.

The 38-acre plot of land east of Downtown Ypsilanti called the Water Street Project has been stalled for several years. The city spent $21.5 million acquiring the property and failed to make progress after two developers pulled out of the project.

The TIF on the project allows the city to divert local property tax collected from the eventual development on the site to paying back loans taken out to fund the project. Payments begin next year, and the city is currently working with broker C.B. Richard Ellis to sell the land.

Murdock and City Manager Ed Koryzno said they had discussed putting cash the city had spent in with the Water Street TIF last week. Koryzno said he would have to look into the idea. He estimated the cash the city has paid for the project at anywhere between $500,000 and $1 million.

The city has twice agreed to take money out of the general fund to pay a Water Street-related cost, totaling $305,000, in 2006. This was in addition to the $725,000 the city agreed to pay previous developer Biltmore in a settlement agreement the year before.

Murdock also suggested formalizing a discussion with community members pushing pro-environment issues throughout the city, as a way to consolidate efforts.

"We should get some people in to address Council," Murdock said after the meeting. "We can see what we can do from a policy stand point."


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