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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

Council to consider Water Street purchases

The city reports it has received two offers to purchase land on Ypsilanti's Water Street Project. Two more are said to be in the works for this stalled property. Photo by Dan DuChene

The city reports it has received two offers to purchase land on Ypsilanti's Water Street Project. Two more are said to be in the works for this stalled property.

Two parties interested in purchasing land

By Dan DuChene
Dec. 12, 2008    ·    3:48 p.m.

Ypsilanti City Council will be meeting on Monday night to discuss the Water Street Project, including two interested developers.

City Planner Richard Murphy said Ypsilanti currently has two offers to develop land on the site and will be presenting those to Council to approve negotiations. He said there have been discussions with two other developers, but nothing has been formally submitted yet.

“It’s the dry contract stuff,” Murphy said. “There are no site plans or pretty pictures.”

Ypsilanti resident Steve Pierce reported on his blog, YpsiNews.com, yesterday that German-based grocery chain ALDI Foods was one of the interested parties. The story sited unnamed county officials and stated the Burger King on Michigan Avenue, east of Ecorse Road in Ypsilanti Township, was planning to relocate to the spot.

The story also stated a 1-story strip mall was in the works, but said no specific tenants had been discussed.

Murphy said one of offers is from a developer that tends to contract with the discount grocery chain, but was not able to offer any more specific information.

A representative from Magellan Properties, the development firm currently building an ADLI in Ann Arbor, could not be reached for comment, as well as representatives from U.S. ALDI headquarters in Illinois.

No one able to speak to the media was available at the franchise-run Burger King.

If a deal were to be hashed out, Murphy said it would take about six months to close on a deal after negotiations. He said he would like to see a proposed use and site plan for the property during that time. He said he wouldn’t necessarily require formal architectural designs.

The offers were brokered through city-contracted firm C.B. Richard Ellis. After approval in September, the firm has been recruiting developers for several separated plots of land on the 38-acre site.

Since starting the project in 1999, the city has spent more then $25 million on property acquisition, building demolition soil remediation and other legal and financial costs. Much of that money has come from issuing municipal bonds and the city will have to begin paying back that debt next year.

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