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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

Ypsi DDA Design Committee moves on projects


Depot Town's signal tower, Cross Street Streetscape among discussions at Monday's meeting

By David Gomez
Dec. 4, 2009    ·    3:31 p.m.

The Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority’s Design Committee looked at nine bids from four sign contractors for the signal tower at the corner of Cross and River streets in Depot Town at its Monday meeting.

A motion from DDA member Sandee French to accept a design from Huron Signs was seconded by Scotty James, DDA board member and design committee vice-chair. The motion passed unanimously.

There will be further discussion about the materials used for the sign when the full DDA board meets Dec. 17. There will also be a vote on which suggested sign the DDA will use.

Progress was also made on the Cross Street Streetscape project at Monday’s meeting. Board member Linda French suggested there should be more public input on the East Cross side of the Michigan Department of Transportation project. The deadline for receiving comments from the public is today. They will be put together and reviewed by the committee and a decision will be made.

When the city and MDOT decide the course of action on the streetscape project, they will again open up the discussion to the public. The timeline for the project requires all local matching funds to be signed off on in June.

The DDA could be asked to provide a traffic study. Board members said a traffic study would benefit the streetscape project and help give some directive for the future the train stop in Depot Town - expected to be up and running by Oct. 2010.

Finally, the design committee discussed the holiday lights. The committee reported tree lighting in Depot Town is mostly done and the lighting for downtown is going up this afternoon.

The bid that was accepted for the lights in downtown included a deadline for completing hanging of the lights. The Design Committee discussed the possibility of not paying the contractor if the lights are not completed on time.

For the dates of future Ypsilanti DDA board meetings and subcommittee meetings please check the Ypsilanti Citizen’s community calendar.

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