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

One board, two DDAs in Ypsi

City Council approved the creation of a new board to oversee both DDA districts in the city Tuesday night. Both the Depot Town and the downtown development authorities will keep their budgets seperate. Photo by Dan DuChene

City Council approved the creation of a new board to oversee both DDA districts in the city Tuesday night. Both the Depot Town and the downtown development authorities will keep their budgets seperate.
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Representation to be equal from both districts, budgets to remain separate

By Dan DuChene
Jun. 17, 2009    ·    5:37 a.m.


Ypsilanti City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to combine the boards of the city’s two downtown development authorities.

The resolution passed by City Council eliminates the boards in both the downtown and Depot Town DDA districts while creating a new board to oversee both districts.

At the meeting, Councilmember Brian Robb, D-Ward 3, pointed out the districts’ budgets could not be merged. Money generated from tax revenue, tax increment financing, or other sources inside a DDA district must be spent in that specific district it was raised in.

“I think the time is right and it’s a good idea,” said Councilmember Peter Murdock, D-Ward 3, who authored the resolution.

Both DDAs find themselves without a director, as Brian Vosburg resigned from his position suddenly last month. Since he was employed by both districts, the conversation soon followed to discuss merging the two boards.

Murdock brought the idea up at City Council’s last meeting in May. The topic was discussed by both the Depot Town and downtown DDAs.

The resolution passed by City Council 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 downtown and in Depot Town. Mayor Paul Schreiber is responsible for appointing members to the board.

“I will try my best to represent the wide variety of interests we have in this city.” Schreiber said. “I certainly welcome suggestions.”

Schreiber said he hopes the combined board would allow for more congeniality between the two districts.

The resolution passed by City Council calls for the disbanding of both boards in 30 days, or when a new board is appointed.

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