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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

Ypsilanti DDA board to re-post director job

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Intern named interim director until position filled

By David Gomez
Feb. 19, 2010    ·    4:03 p.m.


The Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority’s Board of Directors will re-post its vacant director position March 1.

The DDA’s Ad Hoc Director Search Committee proposed a resolution to approve an interim staffing plan until a permanent director is hired. The resolution was approved by the board at its meeting Thursday morning.

According to Tracy Lewis, DDA community research intern, the applicant pool could increase in size to resemble last year’s pool when the search began.

The DDA's two part-time interns, Lewis and Jessica deBlacam, will be given more hours and responsibilities with the departure of Teresa Gillotti, who accepted a planner position with the city earlier this month.

deBlacam was officially made interim director Thursday and given a $3 per-hour pay increase, while Lewis has also had her hours increased to full time.

“I have also been increased from 15-20 hours a week to 40 hours a week myself,” Lewis said. “We are both now full time.”

Staff also reminded the DDA Board Thursday that the DDA’s Design Committee will be reviewing the submitted façade grant applications Monday.

The approved applications will be compiled into one combined application and submitted to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for the 2010 Urban Revitalization 3.0 Grant Program.

Finally, staff announced Thursday they began working with the city’s finance department to begin the budget preparation process. The tentative date for City Council to approve the DDA’s budget is in June, along with the City’s other department budgets.

The Citizen will bring you more coverage of the façade grant applications for the DDA on Monday.

Related articles:
Ypsi DDA to vote on ending interim director's contract
Ypsilanti hires new city planner
Ypsi DDA seeks facade grant applicants

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