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

New parking enforcement for Downtown Ypsilanti

Dr. Kimberly A. Rice DDS

Vehicles parked on streets overnight could be towed

By Dan DuChene
Mar. 30, 2009    ·    2:59 p.m.

Updated March 31, 2009 - 9:43 a.m.

The city of Ypsilanti will soon start enforcing an existing ordinance against parking overnight on street-sides downtown.

Washington, Pearl, Huron and Adams streets, as well as Michigan Avenue, from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. could be ticketed and towed by the city.

Ypsilanti Police Chief Matt Harshberger said warning tickets will be issued for the next two weeks starting today.

“The real enforcement starts two weeks from today,” Harshberger said.

In a flyer distributed to downtown businesses and customers by the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti, the motivation behind the enforcement was to aid city workers in seasonal services provided to the streets. Snow removal, leaf pickup and street cleaning were specifically highlighted by the notice.

“(The Ypsilanti Department of Public Services) was having a problem with being able to maintain the streets,” Harshberger said. “Specifically (removing) snow.”

He said the existing ordinance stated the enforcement hours in the ordinance were 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. However, he said the hours were extended by a traffic control order earlier this month due to need created this past winter.

Harshberger said the enforcement will be both patrol and complaint-based.

"It will be patrolled as often as we can," he said. "It depends on officer availability due to call load."

The notice states towed vehicles will be removed and impounded at the owner’s expense. Tickets issued will be $25.

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