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

Group makes compromises on 'Ypsitucky' name

Dr. Kimberly A. Rice DDS

DTCDC asks for time to complete survey, chance to promote southern heritage

By Christine Laughren
May. 20, 2009    ·    10:02 p.m.

The Depot Town Community Development Corporation submitted a letter to members of the Human Relations Commission stating they would like to keep the ‘Ypsitucky’ name for their bluegrass jamboree in September.

The letter, signed by all members of the DTCDC was submitted this afternoon.

Andy French, a board member of the DTCDC, said the non-profit, which operates Riverside and Frog Island parks, is willing to make compromises in response to complaints made by some community members who find the Ypsitucky name offensive.

“Over the next four months we will be evaluating and deciding if this name will continue for future use and we will report our findings to the HRC at that time,” the letter states.

At its board meeting this afternoon, the DTCDC decided to create a committee that would “highlight Ypsilanti’s southern heritage” at the Ypsitucky Jamboree. French also said the DTCDC would implement “broad-based” survey to continue to receive feedback on people’s impression of the name.

The HRC is hoping people representing both sides of the issue can sit down in the near future and work through a compromise.

“We have decided to review the name of the festival and the festival itself after September,” French said. “If we can say yes to both of these then we will continue to do it, and if not we can cancel.”

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HRC asks for mediation of 'Ypsitucky' discussion


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