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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

Thompson Building abatement proceedings move forward

Ypsilanti Fire Chief Jon Ichesco notified property owner Stewart Beal he remains under order to abate the Thompson Building, citing the temporary scaffolding in place is not permanent stabilization. Photo by File Photo

Ypsilanti Fire Chief Jon Ichesco notified property owner Stewart Beal he remains under order to abate the Thompson Building, citing the temporary scaffolding in place is not permanent stabilization.
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City Attorney looks to possible mid-January court date

By Christine Laughren
Nov. 24, 2009    ·    3:27 p.m.


Assistant City Attorney Karl Barr said he would most likely be filing in circuit court mid-December to abate the Thompson Building at 400 N. River Street.

The city sent a notice of abatement to Stewart Beal, the property owner, Nov. 9 requesting the structure be demolished or permanently stabilized and secured from danger of collapse.

In a brief response to Ypsilanti Fire Chief Jon Ichesco, dated Nov. 13, Beal wrote his company has fulfilled the order to stabilize the structure.

“Please consider this letter both notice of my intention to comply with this order AND my compliance with this order,” the response states. “We therefore consider this matter resolved and look forward to continued cooperation between Beal Properties, LLC and the City of Ypsilanti.”

However, Barr said a temporary stabilization in the roadway does not suffice for permanent stabilization of the structure.

“I think it's going to play out once we get this filed and before the judge,” Barr said this afternoon. “I am hopeful but not optimistic that we can avoid taking this to circuit court.”

Beal was given temporary approval to occupy the roadway for 90 days and set up scaffolding to support the remaining structure shortly after it was engulfed in flames in the early morning hours of Sept. 23. Both the east-bound lane of Cross Street and north-bound lane of River Street have been closed since the fire.

In a letter sent Monday from Ichesco, Beal was notified he remains under order to abate citing the scaffolding is not permanent stabilization.

“Your letter dated November 12, although pleasant in its terms, conveys to me that you will not be taking any further action to comply with my order,” Ichesco wrote.

Ichesco also touched on the fact that Beal’s response to the abatement does not mention any ban or roadblocks that would keep Beal from complying with the abatement.

“At one time, a representative of the department orally requested to refrain from digging in a small section of the premises where accelerants were found,” the letter states. “This area was not secured as a crime scene, no barriers such as crime scene tape have been installed at the location, nor were you sent any formal notice.”

An investigation into the cause of the fire is still underway. Ichesco said last week the Michigan State Police acknowledged it has received samples from the Ypsilanti Fire Department to be analyzed and expects results to come through in a month or so.

Beal did not immediately return a call made to him asking for comment.

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