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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

Updated: Pedestrian killed by train in Ypsilanti

This picture, taken from the Prospect Street bridge, looking at where Michigan Avenue runs over the railroad tracks near Miles Street. A pedestrian was killed when he was struck by an AmTrak train here today. Photo by Dan DuChene

This picture, taken from the Prospect Street bridge, looking at where Michigan Avenue runs over the railroad tracks near Miles Street. A pedestrian was killed when he was struck by an AmTrak train here today.

Victim pronounced dead at scene, incident under investigation

By Christine Laughren
Aug. 28, 2009    ·    4:29 p.m.

Updated: 7 p.m.

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a Chicago-bound Amtrak train this afternoon in Ypsilanti.

The incident occurred at approximately 12:00 p.m. under a bridge near the intersection of Miles St. and Michigan Avenue.

The pedestrian, a 21-year-old Ypsilanti Township resident, was pronounced dead at the scene according to Ypsilanti Fire Department Lt. Mike Kouba.

Officials from the Ypsilanti Police and Fire departments, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, Amtrak and Norfolk Southern, who own the tracks, were also on the scene.

“The reason the person was trespassing and obstructing the tracks was not known to us,” said Marc Magliari, the Chicago-based spoksperson for Amtrak.

A report issued by Ypsilanti police this evening said the victim was walking westward in the center of the tracks when the train, also westbound, struck him from behind.

Magliari said the crew and passengers of the Chicago-bound Amtrak train were not injured.

Passengers were bussed to their destination as the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department and the Washtenaw County Medical Examiner’s Office continued an investigation at the scene.

"Evidence was collected and this investigation is still on-going," the police report said.

Visit the Ypsilanti Citizen for more as this story develops.

Editor's note: This story was updated upon receiving a report from Ypsilanti police

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