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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 Township commits funding to Aerotropolis

The Detroit Region Aerotropolis was started in 2001 to develop the areas around Detroit Metro and Willow Run Airports into an “airport city,” with emphasis on the types of jobs with “aviation-intensive” businesses and those involved in industries Photo by aerotropolis.com

The Detroit Region Aerotropolis was started in 2001 to develop the areas around Detroit Metro and Willow Run Airports into an “airport city,” with emphasis on the types of jobs with “aviation-intensive” businesses and those involved in industries
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$25,000 invested to increase employment in area

By Lucas Wilsdon
Mar. 5, 2009    ·    4:54 p.m.


The Ypsilanti Township Board of Trustees passed a measure to invest $25,000 toward a regional effort to bring jobs and industry to the area.

The Detroit Region Aerotropolis Development Corporation Agreement was passed unanimously.

Brenda Stumbo, the Township supervisor, said the Detroit Region Aerotropolis has the potential to bring about close to 64,000 jobs and to bring in about $170 million in annual revenue for metro Detroit communities.

“It’s a regional approach,” Stumbo said. She described the project as a very positive step forward.

Karen Lovejoy Roe, the Township clerk, recognized the effort as a “huge investment,” and as a prime example of regional co-operation. She noted that the Washtenaw County communities of Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township have collaborated efforts with Bellville and Van Buren Township in Wayne County in order to bring this initiative to pass.

The Detroit Region Aerotropolis was started in 2001 to develop the areas around Detroit Metro and Willow Run Airports into an “airport city,” with emphasis on the types of jobs with “aviation-intensive” businesses and those involved in industries that require regular air travel.

The Aerotropolis Development Corporation is a public-private partnership that was created to “drive economic development and job creation in a sustainable and cooperative manner.”

The group looks to collaborate with local governments on marketing, economic planning, providing incentives for businesses, and to promote intergovernmental communications to create the type of regional economy that would bring business to the area.

The ADC was developed under the Urban Cooperation Act of 1967. The group is a separate legal entity intended to administer economic development.

In other Township business

The house at 6196 Whitaker Road will receive legal action from the board and has been deemed a public nuisance. The board has repeatedly raised concern over the safety of the house.

“It is a very serious safety issue,” Stumbo said.

The house is a manufactured home that was moved to its current location.

Since arriving and being reassembled on Whitaker, the house has been never been fully inspected. The inspectors that have met the owner at the property were able to see that the owner was unlawfully residing in the residence and they were able to determine that the house has serious health risks.

Several trustees recognized that the whole neighborhood suffers when there is neglected house nearby.



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