Water Street Development Plans Coming Along

Mar 21, 2014

Interest in Ypsilanti's Water Street redevelopment area continues to grow, as the three projects currently proposed  make their way through the process.

River Street entrance to the Water Street redevelopment area.
River Street entrance to the Water Street redevelopment area.
Credit Bob Eccles

A small island in the Huron River off the southern edge of the Water Street redevelopment area.
A small island in the Huron River off the southern edge of the Water Street redevelopment area.
Credit Bob Eccles

Leaving the Water Street redevelopment area along its eastern edge.
Leaving the Water Street redevelopment area along its eastern edge.
Credit Bob Eccles

City Planner Teresa Gillotti says most of the interest lately is from residential developers. 

She says the Family Dollar store is close to closing, with construction beginning in April or May.  The Water Street Flats developer finds out in July whether they've received the state tax credits needed to move forward.  And a purchase agreement for the Washtenaw County Recreation Center is expected in the next month or so.

See the Water Street Flats proposal here:

http://cityofypsilanti.com/Portals/0/docs/Mayor%20and%20City%20Council/Records/2014/Packets/water%20street%20flats%20work%20session%20presentation.pdf

WEMU's Bob Eccles took a walking tour of the Water Street property with Ms. Gillotti.  The first video below is from the spot where the Water Street Flats affordable housing development is proposed.  The second video features a walk along a trail that would be part of a linear park that would separate Water Street Flats from the Huron River.