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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

DTDDA discusses director

The DTDDA met last week to discuss the director position, both financially and for performance. Photo by Christine Laughren

The DTDDA met last week to discuss the director position, both financially and for performance.
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Board reviews finances, performance

By Christine Laughren
Apr. 29, 2009    ·    2:46 a.m.


It is estimated the Depot Town Downtown Development Authority would pay about $23,000 more from its 2009-10 budget if it hired its own part-time director.

The DTDDA budget was approved at its regular meeting last Thursday. The board is considering its options as the Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority looks at hiring its own full-time director.

Director Brian Vosburg currently shares his time between the DTDDA, 25 percent, and the YDDA, 75 percent. However, as the YDDA considers a full-time director required for “select level” status as part of the Michigan Main Street Program, Depot Town is weighing its options.

It was suggested at the meeting, Vosburg’s plate is too full as it is now. Façade grant submissions by the YDDA and DTDDA were automatically rejected earlier this month due to late submissions.

Vosburg electronically submitted applications, totaling approximately $900,000 worth of improvements to five buildings in Depot Town and one in Downtown approximately 10 minutes late making them ineligible for review.

Mayor Paul Schreiber said the DTDDA should be considering a part-time position and finding help for Vosburg who may be “falling behind” on things.

“Really it’s the job of the executive director and I think we need to take this into account,” Schreiber said. “We have to ensure these things don’t happen.”

However, Schreiber also pointed out the fact that in addition to putting the grant applications through, Vosburg has been preparing budgets for both DDAs. He said there will be a lot more to handle in the future with possible development on Water Street and the light commuter line stopping in Depot Town next year.

“There’s way more work than one person, or at least one full time employee, can handle,” Schreiber said referring to Vosburg’s shared position.

Costs associated with a part-time director include a part-time salary estimated at $20,000, as well as rent, legal services and office related expenses

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