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

Mayor announces DDA candidates

Photo by Christine Laughren

Mayor Paul Schreiber shared his thoughts on the merging of the Ypsilanti DDA and the Depot Town DDA at a DTDDA meeting the beginning of June.

Council to vote Tuesday evening

By Christine Laughren
Jul. 3, 2009    ·    5:18 p.m.

Proposed appointments for the newly merged Downtown Development Authority Board are expected to be discussed at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

The twelve candidates proposed by Mayor Paul Schreiber are John Coleman, Linda French, Sandee French, Robert M. Barnes, Scotty James, Jim Karnopp, Karen Maurer, Rene Greff, Peter Rinehart, Darryl Daniels, John Donegan and Dave Wheeler.

“I wanted to pick a mix of experience and energy and I thought the Depot Town DDA board had a lot of experience and the downtown DDA had a lot of energy,” Schreiber said. “I hope city council approves the list as is because I think it’s a real good mix.”

The new board is being created after the Depot Town DDA and the Ypsilanti DDA were disbanded following the resignation of DDA Director Brian Vosburg.

A resolution passed by City Council June 16 calls for a 12-member board with a representative from Eastern Michigan University and the mayor. All the seats are to be split evenly between stakeholders in downtown and in Depot Town.

The resolution specifically stated, the members of the combined DDA board should be a resident of the City, or fulfill the requirement of “having an interest in property located in the downtown district or officers, members, trustees, principals, or employees of a legal entity having an interest in property located in the downtown district.”

Councilmember Brian Robb, Ward 3, said he would have like to see more youth on the board.

“I’m surprised there wasn’t a bigger youth movement as far as recruiting members for the DDA,” he said.

The new board will maintain separate budgets for both DDA districts. It will also be responsible for finding a new director.

An interim director from an outside company will be helping with the transition of the boards and the search for a new director.

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