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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 to vote on train platform

The Depot Town Downtown Development Authority voted Thursday morning to have the commuter rail platform in Depot Town located to the west side of the tracks. Photo by Christine Laughren

The Depot Town Downtown Development Authority voted Thursday morning to have the commuter rail platform in Depot Town located to the west side of the tracks.
Dr. Kimberly A. Rice DDS

public forum and vote expected for May 7 meeting

By Christine Laughren
Apr. 27, 2009    ·    10:07 a.m.

The last group has deliberated on the train platform in Depot Town and City Council is poised to vote on the issue at its May 7 meeting.

The Depot Town Downtown Development Authority voted Thursday morning to have the commuter rail platform in Depot Town located to the west side of the tracks. The final vote was 3-2 with Linda French, David Wheeler and Mayor Paul Schreiber voting for the west side and Carolyn McKeever and Sandee French voting for the east side.

Wheeler, chair of the DTDDA said he has tried to stay out of the debate and listened to both sides argue their case.

“The west side offers an advantage,” he said before the vote.

A public hearing and vote was scheduled at last Tuesday at City Council’s regular meeting. Schreiber proposed the city have more open forums and discussion among the community before council voted on it. However, Councilmember Brian Robb,D-Ward 3, said the community has had plenty of opportunity to give input.

“This is no longer a discussion, this is a brawl,” Robb said. “I just think we need to make a decision and move on.”

Michigan Department of Transportation, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and Amtrak are planning for a three-year commuter rail pilot, scheduled to stop in Depot Town October 2010.

It is believed the service would likely start with four or five trains daily as well as a couple stops on Saturday or Sunday. SEMCOG’s goal is to have 1,000 daily riders during the pilot period with 184 trip-ends (departures and arrivals counted separately) each day.

The train is also expected to stop in Ann Arbor, Detroit Metro Airport, Dearborn and Detroit.

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