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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

Combined Ypsilanti DDA gets started

From left, Sandee French, Jennifer Coe and Linda French exchange ideas after the DDA meeting. Photo by Christine Laughren

From left, Sandee French, Jennifer Coe and Linda French exchange ideas after the DDA meeting.

Ad hoc committees formed to keep projects moving, establish bylaws draft

By Christine Laughren
Jul. 28, 2009    ·    6:55 p.m.

The newly formed, Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority met last Thursday for its first official meeting.

Seven of the 12-member board were present at the first meeting, held in the Freighthouse.

The group introduced themselves, as well as assigned ad hoc committees to keep momentum moving in Downtown Ypsilanti and Depot Town. The group also formed a committee to create a draft of bylaws to present at the groups August meeting.

David Wheeler was chosen as chair of the board with John Coleman serving as vice-chair.

“I think it went really well,” said Jennifer Coe, an associate with Carlisle/Wortman Associates, Inc., which is providing interim director services for the city. “It’s going to be challenging but it’s a great opportunity for the (downtown and Depot Town) groups to come together.”

In an effort to merge the DDA bylaws an ad hoc committee with Rene Greff, Scotty James, Coleman and Coe was formed to make recommendations to the board in advance of its next meeting.

“I think it’s a good thing for us to discuss,” said Greff, who has served on the Ann Arbor DDA until recently.

The board scheduled its meeting time for 8 a.m. on the third Thursday of every month but has yet to find a home.

Formally held in two separate locations, the group is hoping to now utilize the new SPARK East facility or City Hall in downtown. For its August meeting, the group will remain in the Freighthouse. However, the board hopes to be moved into a new space by September, the same month it is scheduled to have a special four-hour work session.

A new DDA board is being created after the Depot Town DDA and the Ypsilanti DDA were disbanded following the resignation of DDA Director Brian Vosburg.

A resolution passed by City Council June 16 calls for a 12-member board with a representative from Eastern Michigan University and the mayor. All the seats are to be split evenly between stakeholders in downtown and in Depot Town.

The resolution specifically stated, the members of the combined DDA board should be a resident of the City, or fulfill the requirement of “having an interest in property located in the downtown district or officers, members, trustees, principals, or employees of a legal entity having an interest in property located in the downtown district.”

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