water street http://wemu.org en 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 Ypsilanti City Council Approves Infrastructure Plan for Water Street http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-city-council-approves-infrastructure-plan-water-street <p>Ypsilanti City Council has approved a plan for key infrastructure needs such as streets, water, and sewer lines in the Water Street area.&nbsp;</p><p>Council voted five to nothing Tuesday night to accept the infrastructure plan.&nbsp;</p><p>Mayor Paul Schreiber says the city has now completed a couple of important steps to attract redevelopment to Water Street.&nbsp; Schreiber says originally the plan was to leave Water Street open for any proposal but he says the city has seen this approach left developers concerned about what could be built next to their project.&nbsp;&nbsp; He says being able to better define the parcels of land in Water Street should lead to more interest from developers.<br /> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 05:40:56 +0000 Andrew Cluley 39943 at http://wemu.org Plans Revised For East Side Rec Center In Ypsilanti http://wemu.org/post/plans-revised-east-side-rec-center-ypsilanti <p>Ypsilanti City Council will likely have a purchase or development agreement for the East Side Recreation Center in January.&nbsp; Council Tuesday night received an update on Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation's plans for the facility in the Water Street re-development area.&nbsp; Park Planning Supervisor Coy Vaughn says the latest design features a smaller parcel of land and a smaller building.&nbsp;</p><p>The new plans call for a 45-to-55-thousand square foot facility on four acres in the Water Street area. Originally, it was going to be a 55-to-65-thousand sqaure foot building set on 12-acres. Vaughn says, despite the smaller scale, no amenities or programs will have to be cut.</p><p>The proposed rec center would have 230 feet of frontage along Michigan Avenue, and would leave a 100-foot easement between the facility and the river for a linear park.&nbsp; The purchase price is to be <strong>one dollar, </strong>with the county providing $900,000 worth of infrastructure improvements to the site and surrounding area.</p><p>Listen to WEMU's Bob Eccles full report.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:54:06 +0000 Bob Eccles 39173 at http://wemu.org Plans Revised For East Side Rec Center In Ypsilanti Proposed Dollar Store On Ypsilant's Water Street In Jeopardy http://wemu.org/post/proposed-dollar-store-ypsilants-water-street-jeopardy <p><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">Action taken by Ypsilanti City Council last night&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Times; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">may put the Family Dollar store planned for Water Street in jeopardy.&nbsp; WEMU&#39;s Bob Eccles has the story.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 14:17:15 +0000 Bob Eccles 36392 at http://wemu.org Proposed Dollar Store On Ypsilant's Water Street In Jeopardy Water Street Re-Development Area Update http://wemu.org/post/water-street-re-development-area-update <p>Ypsilanti&nbsp;has been getting a few nibbles from developers interested in the Water Street Re-Development Area. Discussions are in the very early stages, but Ypsilanti has been seeing a lot more interest in the Water Street Re-Development Area over the past six months.</p><p>City Planner Teresa Gillotti says there&#39;s been a lot more interest over the past six months.&nbsp; Gillotti explains that developers interested in building a variety of housing types have been in contact with her office.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>Gillotti adds that they&#39;ve also been reaching out to grocery stores, since many of the comments gathered during the ShapeYpsi planning process indicated an interest for a larger, more traditional grocery store in the downtown area.&nbsp; Aside from the Family Dollar and Recreation Center proposals, Gillotti says everything else is in the very early discussion stage. Gillotti says aside from the Family Dollar and Recreation Center proposals, other talks are in the very early stages, but she&#39;s hopeful it won&#39;t be long before firm proposals can be brought to city council for consideration.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:24:37 +0000 editor 36391 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti City Council Continues Budget Discussion http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-city-council-continues-budget-discussion <p>Ypsilanti City Council held a budget session Tuesday night. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the talk centered on Water Street and the Police and Fire budgets.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 15 May 2013 11:48:30 +0000 Bob Eccles 29414 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti City Council Continues Budget Discussion Ypsilanti approves a Water Street Development Project http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-approves-water-street-development-project <p>Ypsilanti City Council has approved a purchase agreement for a portion of the Water Street Property. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the action will result in a new, Family Dollar Store.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 08 May 2013 12:56:43 +0000 Bob Eccles 29091 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti approves a Water Street Development Project Ypsi City Council Approves Family Dollar Purchase Agreement http://wemu.org/post/ypsi-city-council-approves-family-dollar-purchase-agreement <p>Ypsilanti City Council has approved a purchase agreement for a Family Dollar store to be built on the northeast corner of the Water Street re-development area.</p><p></p><p>The approval came after the developer agreed to some changes to make the store fit better with the city’s vision for the property, including moving the store to the northwest corner of the point-eight-five acre parcel.</p><p>The city is selling the parcel for $210,000.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 04:46:29 +0000 Bob Eccles 29073 at http://wemu.org Ypsi City Council Approves Family Dollar Purchase Agreement Ypsi Council Update: Dollar Store, Water Street, & AATA http://wemu.org/post/ypsi-council-update-dollar-store-water-street-aata <p>Ypsilanti's city council got an update on the Family Dollar store proposal for the Water Street development area Tuesday night.&nbsp;&nbsp; Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.</p><p></p><p>In other action Tuesday night, Ypsilanti's city council voted to become of member of the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Also, with only six councilmembers present, approval of a new contract with the Ypsilanti Police Officers Associaton failed on a 3-3 vote.</p><p></p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 13:39:52 +0000 Bob Eccles 28456 at http://wemu.org Ypsi Council Update: Dollar Store, Water Street, & AATA Pieces Of Border-To-Border Trail Falling Into Place http://wemu.org/post/pieces-border-border-trail-falling-place <p>The Washtenaw County Border-to-Border Trail is a step closer to completion, thanks to an easement obtained by the City of Ypsilanti from Fischer Honda on Michigan Avenue.&nbsp;</p><p>Ypsilanti City Planner Teresa Gillotti says the easement will clear the way for a pedestrian bridge to be built from Riverside Park to a corner of the Fischer Honda property, with an improved Michigan Avenue crossing then linking the trail to the Water Street re-development area.&nbsp;</p><p>Gillotti says the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission is covering the $38,000 cost of the easement.</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 18:16:01 +0000 Bob Eccles 27066 at http://wemu.org Pieces Of Border-To-Border Trail Falling Into Place Council Delays Family Dollar Plan for Water Street http://wemu.org/post/council-delays-family-dollar-plan-water-street <p>Ypsilanti's city council has put off a decision on a purchase agreement that would have a Family Dollar store built on the northeast corner of the Water Street redevelopment area.&nbsp; The delay is due, in part,&nbsp; to the city's master plan update.&nbsp; Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.</p><p></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 16:56:00 +0000 Bob Eccles 27010 at http://wemu.org Council Delays Family Dollar Plan for Water Street Mayor Has Year-End "Wish List" for Council http://wemu.org/post/mayor-has-year-end-wish-list-council <p>Ypsilanti's Mayor has a few things he'd like to see city council accomplish before the year ends.&nbsp; Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.</p><p></p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 14:23:53 +0000 Bob Eccles & Bob Eccl 23084 at http://wemu.org Family Dollar Store May Be Headed for Ypsilanti's Water Street Area http://wemu.org/post/family-dollar-store-may-be-headed-ypsilantis-water-street-area <p>Ypsilanti's city council has approved a letter of intent with a developer who'd like to build a Family Dollar store on the city's Water Street property.&nbsp; Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.</p><p></p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:41:20 +0000 Bob Eccles 22295 at http://wemu.org