Ypsilanti Citizen News Sidetrack

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

Cross Street gets facelift

Four benches, similar to the one shown above, will be placed in various locations on Cross Street as part of the  Photo by Depot Town DDA

Four benches, similar to the one shown above, will be placed in various locations on Cross Street as part of the "West Cross Organization" project. Eight bike racks and 10 trash bins were also ordered.

Benches, bike racks, trash bins to be installed

By Christine Laughren
Oct. 22, 2008    ·    3:57 p.m.

West Cross Street will get a major facelift with sleek new benches, garbage cans and bike racks ordered by the Depot Town DDA after its last regular meeting Oct. 22.

The beatification effort is part of the DDA’s “West Cross Organization.” The group is partnering with Eastern Michigan University to create a cohesive look with several beautification efforts the university is doing in the area as well.

Several DTDDA board members and staff met with John Donegan, associate vice president of facilities at EMU, to choose the new street furniture to be placed in selective areas along West Cross. After reviewing the map from the group walk through of the district in July, the group decided to install 8 bike racks, 4 benches and 10 garbage cans.

“This will supplement the existing garbage cans along West Cross and concentrate our efforts in the busiest commercial areas of the district,” DTDDA Director Brian Vosburg said in an update to the board.

The total cost, without shipping, will be $15,416, which the DTDDA plans to pull from its reserve fund.

Vosburg also reported, Donegan volunteered the services of the EMU Physical Plant office to install the street furniture at no cost to the DTDDA. The installations will occur over the winter during Plant Office down time. John also stated that EMU would be renovating the park in front of Pease Auditorium and installing the same garbage cans, bench styles and bike racks as along West Cross St.

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