Ypsilanti
12:10 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Residents Continue to Raise Concerns over Water Street Flats Proposal

If Ypsilanti city staff had hoped to convince Sandy Ellinger that the proposed Water Street Flats affordable housing proposal is a good idea, they were not successful.

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.
Ypsilanti City Manager Ralph Lange (l) and Mayor Paul Schreiber view a presentation on the Water Street Flats proposal.
Credit Bob Eccles / 89.1 WEMU

Ellinger wasn't for or against the proposal when she came to Tuesday night's City Council workshop on the project, but at the end of the meeting she said if it were up to a vote of the people, she'd vote "no".

Ellinger said she had concerns that the city was going to be "left holding the bag" if the proposal doesn't work out, and she said the appearance of the building was also worrisome. 

The city plans to sell a 3.14 acre parcel of land on the southern edge of the Water Street Redevelopment Area to a developer who would build a four-story, 90-unit apartment building there. 

Everyone who spoke on the subject during the public comment period last night had concerns, which you can listen to below. 

City Council is expected to consider a purchase agreement for the project at its March 4th meeting.

Listen to public comments from Tuesday's meeting: