depot town http://wemu.org en Ypsilanti Elementary Students Learn Real-Life Economics Lessons http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-elementary-students-learn-real-life-economics-lessons <p>Thursday morning presented third and fourth graders from Ypsilanti's Holmes Elementary School with a chance to compare what they learned in a project-based unit on economics to what happens in real-world businesses.&nbsp;</p><p>89-1 WEMU's Bob Eccles tagged along with the kids and their teachers on a visit to Depot Town.</p><p></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6mn8MZ_BfXI" width="420"></iframe></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:50:29 +0000 Bob Eccles 43851 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Elementary Students Learn Real-Life Economics Lessons Next Step for Thompson Block: Brownfield Tax Credits http://wemu.org/post/next-step-thompson-block-brownfield-tax-credits <p>Developers of the Thompson Block in Ypsilanti's Depot Town have secured a 12-year Obsolete Property Rehiabilitation Act tax credit from city council.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:39:41 +0000 Bob Eccles 43075 at http://wemu.org Next Step for Thompson Block: Brownfield Tax Credits Thompson Block Developers Secure First Commercial Tenant Letter of Intent http://wemu.org/post/thompson-block-developers-secure-first-commercial-tenant-letter-intent <p>With developers of the Thompson Block securing their first commercial letter of intent, City Council tonight will consider a tax exemption to help move redevelopment of the property forward.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Thompson Block partner Tyler Weston says a local restaurant entrepreneur has taken the first step toward becoming a tenant, and a coffee shop has also expressed interest.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:58:10 +0000 Bob Eccles 43007 at http://wemu.org Thompson Block Developers Secure First Commercial Tenant Letter of Intent Depot Town Businesses Hopeful for Thompson Block Redevelopment http://wemu.org/post/depot-town-businesses-hopeful-thompson-block-redevelopment <p>Businesses in Ypsilanti's Depot Town are looking forward to something happening with the Thompson Block, but opinions vary on what should happen to the former Civil War barracks and adjoining properties.</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:23:01 +0000 Bob Eccles 42613 at http://wemu.org Depot Town Businesses Hopeful for Thompson Block Redevelopment Ypsilanti City Council Approves Thompson Block Planned Unit Development Agreement http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-city-council-approves-thompson-block-planned-unit-development-agreement <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ypsilanti City Council has rezoned the long vacant Thompson Block property in Depot Town and approved the planned unit development agreement for the site.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Council voted five to nothing on the issue Tuesday night.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">SEE ALSO:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://wemu.org/post/corner-brewery-now-arbor-brewing-company-microbrewery"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Corner Brewery now Arbor Brewing Company&nbsp;Microbrewery</span></a></p><p>City Planner Teresa Gillotti says the current plan for the Thompson Block is a bigger and better project than the earlier proposal so it needed to be a <strong><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planned_unit_development">planned unit development</a></strong>. &nbsp;Gillotti adds that the changes include adding residential parking behind the building and streetscape improvements along River Street for cafe seating.<br /><br />Gillotti explained that the actual building permits will likely be similar however to the previous designs, adding the fire has eliminated a bay window from the front of the building and the entrance for the residential portion of the building has moved from the north side to the east side with the addition of the parking lot.</p><p>Gillotti maintains developers have two years to complete a <strong>PUD</strong>, however the Thompson Block faces a deadline in about 15 months for a finished building under the city's dangerous building ordinance.</p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 05:35:30 +0000 Andrew Cluley 39942 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti City Council Approves Thompson Block Planned Unit Development Agreement Friends of the Freighthouse Continue Rehabilitation of Historic Facility http://wemu.org/post/friends-freighthouse-continue-rehabilitation-historic-facility <p>Friends of Freighthouse is well on its way to transforming Depot Town's historic structure into a community hub.&nbsp;</p><p>The organization recently secured $40,000 in funding from a variety of sources, including the Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority.</p><p>The plan is to turn the Freighthouse into a venue where people can host local events, with long-term plans to have a small cafe.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:57:42 +0000 Bob Eccles 39092 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Pride Day Marks 18th Anniversary on Saturday http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-pride-day-marks-18th-anniversary-saturday <p>Spring clean-up and community beautification projects will be found throughout Ypsilanti on Saturday.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 13:47:41 +0000 Laura Heffner 29532 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Pride Day Marks 18th Anniversary on Saturday The Great Race Stops in Ypsilanti http://wemu.org/post/great-race-stops-ypsilanti <p>Classic cars take over Depot Town on Sunday afternoon. Mon, 02 Jul 2012 13:12:42 +0000 Andrew Cluley 16021 at http://wemu.org