Ypsilanti Township http://wemu.org en Judge Orders Ypsilanti Township Residents To Stop Growing Medical Marijuana http://wemu.org/post/judge-orders-ypsilanti-township-residents-stop-growing-medical-marijuana <p>Residents of an Ypsilanti Township home from which neighbors complained the strong odor of un-burnt marijuana was emitting have been ordered to quit growing medical marijuana in their basement.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Attorney Tom Lavigne of the law firm of Cannabis Council represents owners of the home at 1397 Crestwood.&nbsp;</p><p>He says the residents were not doing anything that doesn't fall under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:48:20 +0000 Bob Eccles 48173 at http://wemu.org Judge Orders Ypsilanti Township Residents To Stop Growing Medical Marijuana AAATA Rolling Out Transit Improvements Soon http://wemu.org/post/aaata-rolling-out-transit-improvements-soon <p>Next month we'll start to see some of the improvements promised by the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority with approval of its .7 mil transit levy.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>AAATA says it will begin offering extended hours on many routes starting August 24th.&nbsp;</p><p>It will also start a new route with hourly service between the Ypsilanti District Library and the Ypsilanti Transit Center.</p><p>Find a complete listing of transit improvements coming in August online:</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 08:39:00 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 47766 at http://wemu.org AAATA Rolling Out Transit Improvements Soon Prepare For Color Run Road Closures Saturday In Ypsilanti http://wemu.org/post/prepare-color-run-road-closures-saturday-ypsilanti <p>If you'll be driving in the Ypsilanti area Saturday morning, plan on dodging street closures necessary to hold the annual Color Run.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Streets will be closed at 7 a.m. with the 5-K race and walk scheduled to start at 8.&nbsp; Among the affected streets:</p><ul><li>Cross Avenue from N River Street to College Place</li></ul><p></p><ul><li>N River Street from Michigan Avenue to Forest Avenue</li></ul><p></p><ul><li>Forest Avenue from N River Street to College Place</li></ul><p></p><ul><li>Lowell Street from N Huron River Drive to Forest Avenue</li></ul><p></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:42:08 +0000 Bob Eccles 47639 at http://wemu.org Prepare For Color Run Road Closures Saturday In Ypsilanti Habitat For Humanity Focusing On West Willow Neighborhood http://wemu.org/post/habitat-humanity-focusing-west-willow-neighborhood <p>Volunteers from Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley will descend on Ypsilanti Township's West Willow neighborhood this weekend to help homeowners with chores like painting and cleaning out gutters.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>A dozen or more homes will be targeted in Saturday's effort.&nbsp;</p><p>Habitat's focus on helping to revitalize the West Willow neighborhood is expected to continue for several years.</p><p>Find out more about Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley online:</p><p><a href="http://www.h4h.org/">http://www.h4h.org/</a></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:47:46 +0000 Bob Eccles 47252 at http://wemu.org Habitat For Humanity Focusing On West Willow Neighborhood Re-Development Of Powertrain Plant Could Mean 7,800 New Jobs http://wemu.org/post/re-development-powertrain-plant-could-mean-7800-new-jobs <p>Washtenaw County could soon get a major boost to its economy.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The county has applied for a nearly one million dollar federal grant to convert the old GM Powertrain plant in Ypsilanti Township into a research &amp; development facility for connected and automated vehicles.</p><p>County Administrator Verna McDaniel says if the grant is approved, it could lead to creation of 7,800 research and skilled trade jobs.</p><p>McDaniel says the county should know one way or the other in the next two to three weeks.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 20:42:56 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 46596 at http://wemu.org Re-Development Of Powertrain Plant Could Mean 7,800 New Jobs Transit Millage Approved By Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township Voters http://wemu.org/post/transit-millage-approved-ann-arbor-ypsilanti-ypsilanti-township-voters <p><strong><a href="http://www.theride.org/" target="_blank">Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority</a></strong> riders can expect later service hours coming in August after voters in three communities approved a new transit tax. &nbsp;The <strong><a href="http://morebuses.org/" target="_blank">More Buses campaign</a></strong> is declaring victory with about 70 percent of the votes supporting the measure.</p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 03:03:12 +0000 Andrew Cluley 45480 at http://wemu.org Transit Millage Approved By Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township Voters Salvation Army Store Possible Tenant For Former Farmer Jack Property http://wemu.org/post/salvation-army-store-possible-tenant-former-farmer-jack-property <p>A new store could soon be moving into the old Farmer jack site near the corner of Washtenaw Avenue and Golfside Road.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:35:18 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 45170 at http://wemu.org Salvation Army Store Possible Tenant For Former Farmer Jack Property Presidents of UM, EMU And WCC Support Transit Millage http://wemu.org/post/presidents-um-emu-and-wcc-support-transit-millage <p>The Presidents of the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College have thrown their support behind a transit millage that'll be decided by voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township next month.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:32:05 +0000 Bob Eccles 44474 at http://wemu.org Presidents of UM, EMU And WCC Support Transit Millage Sheriff Clayton Wants Discussion On How To Fund Policing Across Washtenaw County http://wemu.org/post/sheriff-clayton-wants-discussion-how-fund-policing-across-washtenaw-county <p>Washtenaw County communities that contract with the <strong><a href="http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/sheriff" target="_blank">Sheriff’s department</a></strong> for policing will likely see one percent increases in their bills in 2016 and 2017.&nbsp; The <strong><a href="http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/boc" target="_blank">County Commissioners</a></strong> vote on that proposal this week, but Sheriff Jerry Clayton is calling for a larger conversation on how law enforcement is funded.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Clayton doesn’t believe the current model is sustainable.&nbsp; He thinks a county-wide model could be designed to work for communities that contract with his department and those that have their own police departments.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 03:59:01 +0000 Andrew Cluley 44334 at http://wemu.org Sheriff Clayton Wants Discussion On How To Fund Policing Across Washtenaw County Garden Ridge Ready To Move Into Kmart Building http://wemu.org/post/garden-ridge-ready-move-kmart-building <p>The Kmart store on Washtenaw Avenue in Ypsilanti Township may be closing, but the building won't be empty for long.&nbsp;</p><p>Township Supervisor Brenda Stumbo says Plano, Texas-based home decor chain Garden Ridge is ready to move in.</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:12:36 +0000 Bob Eccles 44135 at http://wemu.org Garden Ridge Ready To Move Into Kmart Building Ypsilanti Township Residents Looking For Housing After Apartment Fire http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-township-residents-looking-housing-after-apartment-fire <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">One-third of the units in an Ypsilanti Township apartment building are considered a total loss after an early morning fire. Six of the 18-units at Towsley Apartments in the 400-block of North Harris Road were destroyed. &nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">A building inspector will have to determine whether the rest of the units are still habitable, but for the time being those residents have also been required to leave.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Resident Mark Whitaker says the future for the complex is uncertain but all residents are looking for housing in the short term. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:47:27 +0000 Andrew Cluley & David Fair 44134 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Township Residents Looking For Housing After Apartment Fire Fire in Ypsilanti Township Displaces Residents and Destroys Several Units http://wemu.org/post/fire-ypsilanti-township-displaces-residents-and-destroys-several-units <p>One-third of the units in an Ypsilanti Township apartment building are considered a total loss after an early morning fire. Six of the 18-units at Towsley Apartments in the 400-block of North Harris Road were destroyed. &nbsp;A building inspector will have to determine whether the rest of the units are still habitable.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:14:49 +0000 David Fair 44120 at http://wemu.org Fire in Ypsilanti Township Displaces Residents and Destroys Several Units Pros And Cons Of Transit Millage Discussed At League Of Women Voters Forum http://wemu.org/post/pros-and-cons-transit-millage-discussed-league-women-voters-forum <p>About 150 people packed the downtown Ann Arbor Library’s multi-purpose room to find out more about the proposed point-seven mill transit tax last night.&nbsp; Supporters of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority millage appeared to outnumber critics at the League of Women Voters forum.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 03:56:40 +0000 Andrew Cluley 44043 at http://wemu.org Pros And Cons Of Transit Millage Discussed At League Of Women Voters Forum Ypsilanti Township Attack Believed To Be Tied To Same-Sex Marriage http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-township-attack-believed-be-tied-same-sex-marriage <p>The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department is looking for information related to an assault at Ypsilanti Township's Roundtree&nbsp;Apartments linked to recent same-sex marriages. &nbsp;The attack took place Monday at around 6 PM.</p><p>The vicitim&nbsp;is in her late 20's and says she was punched in the face, knocked unconscious, then woke to being kicked in the torso. &nbsp;She believes three males were involved in the attack. &nbsp;The woman says the incident began with one of the men questioning if she was on the news because of her recent marriage.</p><p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal; white-space: nowrap;">One of the suspects is described as a white male, mid 20’s, 5’10 to 5'11 tall, heavy set, with a low or husky voice. The other suspects couldn't be identified.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="350" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=s_q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=3000+Roundtree+Boulevard,+Ypsilanti,+MI&amp;aq=0&amp;oq=3000+Roundtr&amp;sll=42.247099,-83.59225&amp;sspn=0.011389,0.016544&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=3000+Roundtree+Blvd,+Ypsilanti,+Michigan+48197&amp;t=m&amp;z=14&amp;ll=42.230094,-83.655369&amp;output=embed" width="425"></iframe><br /><small><a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=embed&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=3000+Roundtree+Boulevard,+Ypsilanti,+MI&amp;aq=0&amp;oq=3000+Roundtr&amp;sll=42.247099,-83.59225&amp;sspn=0.011389,0.016544&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=3000+Roundtree+Blvd,+Ypsilanti,+Michigan+48197&amp;t=m&amp;z=14&amp;ll=42.230094,-83.655369" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 22:18:35 +0000 Andrew Cluley 43757 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber Backs Transit Millage http://wemu.org/post/ann-arborypsilanti-regional-chamber-backs-transit-millage <p>The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber is throwing its support behind the Ann Arobr Transportation Authority transit millage.</p><p>AAATA is asking voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti&nbsp;and Ypsilanti&nbsp;Township to approve a .7 mil issue in May to expand service.</p><p>In a statement supporting the millage, the A2Y Chamber said it has been its policy for many years to support increased regional mass transit.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:35:07 +0000 Bob Eccles 43660 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber Backs Transit Millage Ypsilanti Township to Consolidate Several Precincts for May 6th Election http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-township-consolidate-several-precincts-may-6th-election <div>A proposed point-seven mill tax to increase Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority service is the only issue on the May 6th ballot in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township. &nbsp;To save the A-A-A-T-A some money Ypsilanti Township officials will be combining several precincts to limit the number of poll workers needed.</div><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:37:22 +0000 Andrew Cluley 43133 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Township to Consolidate Several Precincts for May 6th Election Competing Groups Form Around May Vote On Ann Arbor Area Transit http://wemu.org/post/competing-groups-form-around-may-vote-ann-arbor-area-transit <p>ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township are expected to decide in May on a proposed public transit tax to raise nearly $4.4 million in annual funding.&nbsp; The Ann Arbor News reports campaigns with competing messages are taking place after the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority voted last week to place a 0.7-mill transit tax on the May 6 ballot in the three Washtenaw County communities</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:58:44 +0000 Associated Press 41971 at http://wemu.org Competing Groups Form Around May Vote On Ann Arbor Area Transit Voters To Decide in May if They will Pay For Expanded Transit Service http://wemu.org/post/voters-decide-may-if-they-will-pay-expanded-transit-service <p>Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority officials hope to begin making service upgrades in August.&nbsp; That’s if voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township pass a .7 mill tax that will be on the May ballot.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 06:53:44 +0000 Andrew Cluley 41845 at http://wemu.org Hydrant Alert http://wemu.org/post/hydrant-alert <p>Snow is wet, and made of nothing more than frozen water. So, it may seem strange to consider it a fire hazard. But, it is. Because there has been so much snow, many of the road plows have been creating huge snow mounds that cover up fire hydrants.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some property owners also pile up around the hydrants in an effort to clear a path for their vehicles. </span>Ypsilanti<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Township Fire Chief Eric Copeland tells 89.1&nbsp;</span>WEMU News<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, that could delay the time in which the fire department can respond to a fire. If they can’t find the hydrant, they can’t fight the fire on your property. <strong>Chief Copeland asks, &nbsp;if you have a fire hydrant near your property, take a few minutes and shovel it out so it is both visible and accessible.</strong></span></p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 15:26:51 +0000 David Fair 39912 at http://wemu.org Hydrant Alert ReImagine Washtenaw Right-of-Way Plan Presented http://wemu.org/post/reimagine-washtenaw-right-way-plan-presented <p>ReImagine Washtenaw presented its right-of-way plan to the public at a meeting Tuesday night.&nbsp;</p><p>The plan covers the corridor from the water tower in Ypsilanti to the Washtenaw-Stadium split in Ann Arbor.</p><p>Ypsilanti city council member Pete Murdock says the city is dealing with a lot of traffic issues as part of its master plan revision, and those will have to be coordinated with ReImagine Washtenaw.</p><p>The ReImagine Washtenaw right-of-way plan includes improvements such as refuge islands to help pedestrians safely cross the street, buffered bike lanes, and eight "super stops" for Ann Arbor Area Transportation busses along the corridor.&nbsp;</p><p>The next step in the implementation process is to have municipalities along the corridor adopt the plan.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 01:51:31 +0000 Bob Eccles 38889 at http://wemu.org ReImagine Washtenaw Right-of-Way Plan Presented ReImagine Washtenaw Right-of-Way Study up for Review Wednesday Night http://wemu.org/post/reimagine-washtenaw-right-way-study-review-wednesday-night <p>Wednesday night is your chance to take a look at improvements being recommended as part of the ReImagine Washtenaw project and have some input on the issue.&nbsp;</p><p>Nathan Voght is project manager for ReImagine Washtenaw.&nbsp; He says they've been working with a consultant on the right-of-way study being presented at a public meeting Wednesday night.<br /><br />The study addresses issues such as bike lanes, sidewalks and safer ways to cross Washtenaw Avenue from the Ypsilanti water tower to the Stadium Boulevard split.&nbsp;</p><p>Find out more about the plan from 6:30 to 8 Wednesday night&nbsp; in conference room "A" in the County Service Center Learning Resources Center off Washtenaw Avenue. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:45:00 +0000 Bob Eccles 38832 at http://wemu.org EMU Police, Area Law Enforcement Agencies to Collaborate on Patrols http://wemu.org/post/emu-police-area-law-enforcement-agencies-collaborate-patrols <p>Eastern Michigan University and area police agencies will immediately begin collaborating on patrols of the LaForge Road area north of the EMU campus.&nbsp;</p><p>The university says the EMU Department of Public Safety will work with Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township police and the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, with each dedicating officers specifically to patrol the area.&nbsp;</p><p>EMU Police Chief Bob Heighes says each evening, assigned officers will meet at the university's Public Safety headquarters to coordinate their efforts.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 22:16:31 +0000 Bob Eccles 36793 at http://wemu.org EMU Police, Area Law Enforcement Agencies to Collaborate on Patrols Ann Arbor City Council Delays Vote on Accepting Ypsilanti Township into the AAATA http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-delays-vote-accepting-ypsilanti-township-aaata <p>Ann Arbor City Council on Monday night postponed a vote on amending the articles of incorporation of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority to include Ypsilanti Township.</p><p></p><p>As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, council voted eight to three last night to delay a decision until the second meeting in November.</p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 16:02:14 +0000 Andrew Cluley 36651 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council Delays Vote on Accepting Ypsilanti Township into the AAATA Ypsilanti Township Moves Closer To Joining the AAATA http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-township-moves-closer-joining-aaata <p>The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority is a step closer to adding another member community.&nbsp; As WEMU&#39;s Andrew Cluley reports, the AAATA Board last night voted unanimously to approve Ypsilanti Township&#39;s request to join the authority.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 12:12:09 +0000 Andrew Cluley 35569 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Township Moves Closer To Joining the AAATA HSHV Removes 88 Cats from Ypsilanti Township Home http://wemu.org/post/hshv-removes-88-cats-ypsilanti-township-home <p>Cruelty investigators with the <a href="http://www.hshv.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&amp;id=10531&amp;news_iv_ctrl=1541#.UkRZqNKsg6Y">Humane Society of Huron Valley</a> found horrendous conditions in a home in Ypsilanti Township from which 88 malnourished, flea-bitten cats have been removed. WEMU&#39;s Bob Eccles has the story.</p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:54:01 +0000 Bob Eccles 35490 at http://wemu.org HSHV Removes 88 Cats from Ypsilanti Township Home