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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 director search narrowed to five

The Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority's committee to find a new director sits in the Corner Brewery this morning to review applications. Five un-named candidates were selected. Photo by David Gomez

The Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority's committee to find a new director sits in the Corner Brewery this morning to review applications. Five un-named candidates were selected.

Candidates’ names being withheld to protect anonymity

By David Gomez
Jan. 13, 2010    ·    3:04 p.m.

The Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority narrowed the field of candidates to fill its open director position down to five.

The search committee sat around the fireplace at the Corner Brewery during its meeting Wednesday morning and reviewed application packets.

The pool of applicants at one time was 57. The number of applicants at the beginning of today’s meeting was eight. The committee has used several meetings during the last few months to review applications and eliminate candidates.

Rene Greff, who led the discussion, made sure the committee went through each application.

“We can just go through them one by one,” she said.

Large portions of the meeting were silent as the committee members took time to read over details in the application packets.

Greff wanted someone who had executive experience. This was one of her main qualifications while evaluating an application, identified as number eight, with her fellow committee members.

“The big thing I noticed was no executive experience,” Greff said of some applicants. “They’ve never really run an organization before.”

The applications are currently identified with a number to preserve the applicants’ anonymity. The names of the applicants will not be revealed until they are each contacted and asked whether they want to release their name to the public.

There are interviews scheduled Monday with the remaining applicants at 9 a.m. Those applying have the option to remain anonymous until they are interviewed and one of them is officially chosen by the committee as director.

The successful candidate will replace former director Brian Vosburg, who resigned suddenly following a closed session personnel evaluation held by the DDA in May 2009. City Council then voted in June to merge the existing two boards to oversee both the downtown and Depot Town development districts. The Ann Arbor firm Carlisle/Wortman Associates was hired in July to fill director duties until the board selected a replacement.

For information on Ypsilanti DDA Board meetings please check the Citizen Calendar.

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