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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 Freighthouse meeting scheduled for Wednesday

Fourteen spaces on the west side of the Freighthouse will be removed to allow for a staging area for the contractor during Phase I of the project. Additionally, current two-way traffic lanes will become a one-way lane for northbound traffic.  Photo by Christine Laughren

Fourteen spaces on the west side of the Freighthouse will be removed to allow for a staging area for the contractor during Phase I of the project. Additionally, current two-way traffic lanes will become a one-way lane for northbound traffic.
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Information on restoration timelines, street closures to be provided

By Christine Laughren
Mar. 9, 2010    ·    1:24 p.m.


The City of Ypsilanti will hold an informational session at 6 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall surrounding the renovation and construction of Ypsilanti's Freighthouse.

Engineers were on-site today making preparations to begin renovation and construction according to City Councilmember Pete Murdock (D-Ward 3).

The City of Ypsilanti and the Friends of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse (FOYF) received a $500,000 federal grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act last April. Ypsilanti was one of 67 communities in Michigan to benefit from a total of $47.3 million in transportation enhancement funding.

The renovations are being done in two phases. Phase I of the project includes moderate floor repair, ceiling and soffit repair, foundation stabilization, roof demolition and replacement, and excavation. This work is scheduled to be completed by Memorial Day, 2010. The second phase of the project includes masonry work, north deck renovation, and the reinstallation of the west deck. Phase II is expected to be completed by October or November of this year.

Due to the impending renovation and construction, parking will be reduced in the parking lot adjacent to the Freighthouse and only one-way traffic will be allowed on Market St. between Cross and Rice Streets. Specifically, the 14 spaces on the west side of the Freighthouse building will be removed to allow for a staging area for the contractor during Phase I of the project. Current two-way traffic lanes will become a one-way lane for northbound traffic during construction.

During the Farmers Market season, Market St. will be closed to through traffic (in either direction) on Saturdays from 6 a.m. - 3 p.m. between the market square and the Freighthouse

In an effort to update the community on these efforts, the City is hosting an information session on Wednesday.

The meeting will include information and updates on the following:
Phase I construction of the Freighthouse
Details of phase II construction and expected timelines
Information regarding a recent Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant application for storm water improvements to the Frog Island Parking lots.
Question and answer session

Please visit the City’s Web site or contact Chantal R. Cotton at cottonc@ewashtenaw.org for further information.



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