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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

Construction delay continues for Verizon tower in Ypsi Township

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Inconsistencies in company’s plans, resident concerns cause delay

By Lucas Wilsdon
Feb. 5, 2009    ·    11:20 a.m.


Efforts to approve the construction of a new Verizon Wireless tower in Ypsilanti Township were tabled once more at the Township board’s regular meeting on February 3.

This marks the latest delay of the measure that was started last year, with intentions of putting up a new tower at 5 and 7 Emerick Road in Ypsilanti Township.

Several Township officials stated the new tower would bring “much needed” jobs to the area, but inconsistencies in the company’s plans caused this motion to be put on hold until the board’s next regular meeting scheduled for Febraury 17.

“At this point, I couldn’t really make a recommendation [for board approval of the site plan],” said David Nicholson, Ypsilanti Township’s planning director.

Verizon Wireless has been awaiting approval from the Township, as they planned to have the tower up and running by the fall, said John Crane, a representative from Verizon Wireless who declined to give any direct comment to the Ypsilanti Citizen. “I do appreciate [the board’s] patience.”

Verizon Wireless previously received approval for the tower from the Township’s Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Commission, but needed to present a detailed plan for “special land use” and a site plan at the meeting on Tuesday.

The company has worked with Sabre Towers – as well as some additional companies – to try to meet all of the Township’s needs.

Another burden to the passage of the project has been the residents in the area voicing concerns that they would not want a phone tower anywhere near their houses.

Verizon Wireless reassured the Township that every precaution is being taken and that they are dedicated to get the tower built to the specifications that the township approves.

“Verizon Wireless is a green and lean company,” Crane said, referring to the company’s efforts to reduce the amount of energy used. In addition the company plans share the tower, letting other companies use the capacity of the tower not being used by Verizon. “We regularly share space.”

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