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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

Depot Town apprehensive of YDDA merger

Photo by Christine Laughren

The Depot Town Downtown Development Authority shares its thoughts on a possible merge with the Ypsilanti DDA.
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Majority of board speaks against combining with downtown

By Christine Laughren
Jun. 4, 2009    ·    4:03 p.m.

The Depot Town Downtown Development Authority shared its initial thoughts on the possibility of merging with the Ypsilanti DDA this morning.

The discussion came at a special DTDDA meeting at 8 a.m at the Freighthouse.

Depot Town DDA Board Chair Dave Wheeler was elected to sit on the DDA director interim search committee formed at Tuesday’s YDDA meeting. Mayor Paul Schreiber said several City Council members were in favor if merging the boards at Tuesday’s city meeting. He said after some consideration he is leaning toward having the boards come together, a decision ultimately decided by council.

“It may be rough at first but in the long-term I think it would be good for the community,” Schreiber said.

However, the majority of the DTDDA board voiced apprehension of a possible merge. Linda French, owner of Sidetrack, said Depot Town is on a different plain from Downtown and is worried Depot Town would get “swallowed up” with one board.

Sandee French, co-owner of Aubree’s, said she understands the logic of merging the boards but also said Downtown’s issues are different from Depot Town’s.

We wouldn’t get the representation that we need,” she said during the discussion. “Whoever was on that board that representing us would have a heck of a job trying to break through.

“It seems to me that bigger is not necessarily better,” she said.

Schreiber said if City Council did create one board it would most likely be composed of 12 members, one quarter or one third of which would be representation from Depot Town. He said his initial concern with conjoining the two entities was representation as well.

“What it really comes down to the mayor making the right appointments so you do feel like you are represented,” he said. “There are plenty of active people here that would be able to make their views known.

“And I think in some ways it would be good to have interaction at the board level between Downtown and Depot Town.”

The mayor pointed to parking disagreements between the two groups as an example of why one board would be beneficial to the city.

“Downtown said we’re putting parking meters in and Depot Town said we want free parking for two hours,” he said. “If we are going to have some type of parking strategy we need to figure out how to come to a consensus on that and one board with everybody sitting around the table would help with that immensely.”

The interim search committee, of which YDDA board members John Coleman, Darryl Daniels and Schreiber also sit on, met Wednesday.

Schreiber said the committee is leaning toward contracting a firm that would fulfill director duties while the YDDA and DTDDA search for a new director. He said the committee would create a request for proposals with a list of tasks, issues and what type of hours are expected.

“Then when we are looking for a permanent executive director we can use that information to help form the goals,” he said.

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