Ypsilanti Citizen News Sidetrack

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 committee plans street enhancements


Projects planned around EMU campus

By David Gomez
Jan. 5, 2010    ·    1:39 p.m.

The Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority’s Design Committee discussed street enhancement projects around Eastern Michigan University’s campus last Tuesday.

There are sections of stamped concrete along the sidewalks on College Place and both east and west Cross streets that will replaced. There was talk about there being different themes on parts of the three streets that are on or around EMU’s campus.

Committee members Darryl Daniels and Sandee French want there to be a consistent color pattern and theme on the concrete throughout the city.

“I would like to see a tie in from east cross to west cross” French said in support of consistency.

This runs in opposition to committee member Linda French being open to designs that would differentiate EMU from the city.

“It could be alike but [not] alike, eastern might want to put their own flavor on it” she said.

For now, the committee will have to wait until they see samples of the proposed designs and determine their plan of action in their next official meeting.

The committee members also discussed the process they use to prioritize committee projects. The committee was working from a list of categories that will determine the plausibility of a project.

Each category has its own list of bullet points to help determine whether or not a project proposed to the committee is worthy of allocating resources toward. The committee eliminated some of the bullet points to simplify the prioritization process.

Because of the uncertain economic times, the committee wants to makes sure the projects it takes on are likely to help the district.

“We have to think of other ways to raise revenue for our district,” Daniels said.

In its next meeting the committee will modify the prioritization process by discussing ways to develop a point system to rate potential committee projects. It will also address how to raise money to conduct a traffic study for both districts of the DDA Board.

For Ypsilanti DDA committee meeting dates please check the Ypsilanti Citizen’s community calendar.


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