Water Street Redevelopment Area http://wemu.org en Ypsilanti City Council To Consider Purchase Agreement For East Side Rec Center http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-city-council-consider-purchase-agreement-east-side-rec-center <p>Ypsilanti City Council recently closed on a deal to sell a parcel of Water Street property for a Family Dollar Store, and there's no time to relax before the next proposal lands on council's plate.</p><p></p><p></p><p>A purchase agreement for Washtenaw County's proposed east side rec center is on council's Tuesday night agenda.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:30:38 +0000 Bob Eccles 48323 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti City Council To Consider Purchase Agreement For East Side Rec Center Water Street Development Plans Coming Along http://wemu.org/post/water-street-development-plans-coming-along <p>Interest in Ypsilanti's Water Street redevelopment area continues to grow, as the three projects currently proposed&nbsp; make their way through the process.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>City Planner Teresa Gillotti says most of the interest lately is from residential developers.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 00:27:45 +0000 Bob Eccles 43213 at http://wemu.org Water Street Development Plans Coming Along Ypsilanti City Council Approves Water Street Flats Purchase Agreement http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-city-council-approves-water-street-flats-purchase-agreement <p>Ypsilanti City Council Tuesday night voted 4-3 to approve a purchase agreement for the Water Street Flats affordable housing proposal.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 04:18:06 +0000 Bob Eccles 42352 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti City Council Approves Water Street Flats Purchase Agreement Downtown Ypsilanti Businesses Split on Water Street Flats Proposal http://wemu.org/post/downtown-ypsilanti-businesses-split-water-street-flats-proposal <p>As Ypsilanti City Council prepares to vote on a purchase agreement for the Water Street Flats affordable housing proposal, downtown businesses are sounding off on the project.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Business owners have been portrayed as being united in opposition to it, but an informal survey shows most like the idea or don't really have an opinion. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 00:33:33 +0000 Bob Eccles 42292 at http://wemu.org Downtown Ypsilanti Businesses Split on Water Street Flats Proposal Ypsilanti City Council Approves Letter of Intent for Water Street Housing Development http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-city-council-approves-letter-intent-water-street-housing-development <p>Ypsilanti City Council has approved a letter of intent to sell a parcel of land in the Water Street Re-Development Area to a company that wants to build a 76-unit affordable housing project there.&nbsp;</p><p>Michael Rodriguez is Development Director for Herman and Kittle Properties.&nbsp; He says the &nbsp;3.13 acre parcel on the southern edge of the re-development area is attractive for several reasons, including proximity to the Huron River and Michigan Avenue.<br /><br />The housing development wasn't welcomed by everyone.&nbsp;</p><p>Downtown businessman Dave Heikkinen expressed concerns that the city needs more market-rate housing rather than housing that caters to low-income residents.&nbsp;</p><p>The city would sell the land for $157,000, with the developer performing about $750,000 worth of infrastructure improvements.&nbsp; The plan is to have a purchase agreement back before city council in March.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 06:14:35 +0000 Bob Eccles 40482 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti City Council Approves Letter of Intent for Water Street Housing Development Issues of the Environment: Ypsilanti's Water Street Property http://wemu.org/post/issues-environment-ypsilantis-water-street-property <p>WEMU's&nbsp;<em>Issues of the Environment</em>&nbsp;is a weekly feature and is heard each Wednesday at 8:20am, as part of <em>Morning Edition</em>.</p><p>In this week's installment,&nbsp; WEMU's David Fair is joined by Ypsilanti City Planner Teresa Gillotti. The city has been looking to re-purpose the 38-acre water Street property since 199, and now there is it looks as though there will be development in 2014.&nbsp;</p><p>The land has required some environmental remediation, and any new development will have to meet Ypsilanti's Master Plan goals. And, of course, it must ensure the health of the Huron River. Listen below as David and Teresa look at the environmental issues surrounding Ypsilanti's Water Street property.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:00:16 +0000 David Fair 37991 at http://wemu.org Issues of the Environment: Ypsilanti's Water Street Property Plans for County Recreation Facility on Water Street Moving Forward http://wemu.org/post/plans-county-recreation-facility-water-street-moving-forward <p>Work on a proposed Washtenaw County recreation facility on Ypsilanti's Water Street property is rolling along. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 23:38:12 +0000 Bob Eccles 36683 at http://wemu.org Plans for County Recreation Facility on Water Street Moving Forward Water Street Family Dollar Sign Crisis Averted http://wemu.org/post/water-street-family-dollar-sign-crisis-averted <p>The crisis that could have derailed plans for a Family Dollar store in the Water Street Re-Development Area has been averted.</p><p></p><p>City Council on Tuesday approved a development plan for the store that removed a provision to allow a so-called monument sign on the property &ndash; something a representative of the developer suggested could be a deal-breaker.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 04:04:34 +0000 Bob Eccles 36427 at http://wemu.org Water Street Family Dollar Sign Crisis Averted