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WEMU News
2:56 am
Wed May 7, 2014

New Potential Tenant Announced For Thompson Block

The Thompson Block in Ypsilanti's Depot Town.
Credit Bob Eccles

A nationally-recognized local brewer of organic tea and beer has signed a letter of intent to move into the Thompson Block in Ypsilanti's Depot Town.

Unity Vibration currently operates out of a facility on Ecorse Road in Ypsilanti Township. 

Early plans call for a kitchen and tasting room in the Thompson Block. 

Draft Magazine named one of Unity Vibration's beers as one of the 25 best of 2013. 

Zingerman's and Espresso Royale have also signed letters of intent to move into the Thompson Block.

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Ypsilanti
4:25 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Zingerman's, Espresso Royale May Be Coming To Depot Town

The Thompson Block in Ypsilanti's Depot Town.
Credit Bob Eccles

Zingerman's could be coming to Ypsilanti.

Thompson Block partner Tyler Weston says Zingerman's has signed a letter of intent to occupy retail space in the renovated building, as has Espresso Royale.

"We're really excited to have both of these amazing local entrepreneurs in our building," Weston says, noting that a letter of intent is just the first step.

"It's non-binding, but we're hoping to work together with them to make them a great space in our building and bring them lots of business."

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WEMU News
12:50 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Ypsilanti Elementary Students Learn Real-Life Economics Lessons

Kids gather around Enchanted Florist owner Laura Lanzon.
Bob Eccles

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. 

89-1 WEMU's Bob Eccles tagged along with the kids and their teachers on a visit to Depot Town.

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WEMU News
2:39 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Next Step for Thompson Block: Brownfield Tax Credits

Credit Bob Eccles

Developers of the Thompson Block in Ypsilanti's Depot Town have secured a 12-year Obsolete Property Rehiabilitation Act tax credit from city council.

Project partner Tyler Weston said the city also approved a Brownfield plan for the project, so the next step is to ask Washtenaw County for Brownfield tax credits.

"What Brownfield allows us to do is essentially get paid back for site improvements at the property" Weston explained.  He said those improvements include things like added parking space and structural improvements to the building.

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WEMU News
10:58 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Thompson Block Developers Secure First Commercial Tenant Letter of Intent

The Thompson Block in Ypsilanti's Depot Town
Credit Bob Eccles

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.

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. 

Weston says the development plan has improved greatly since he came on board a year ago, with parking space now included for commercial and residential tenants, along with patio space for commercial tenants.

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Ypsilanti
8:23 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Depot Town Businesses Hopeful for Thompson Block Redevelopment

The Thompson Block in Ypsilanti's Depot Town.
Credit Bob Eccles

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.

Ryan Glowacki offers his thoughts on the Thompson Block.

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Ypsilanti
12:35 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Ypsilanti City Council Approves Thompson Block Planned Unit Development Agreement

Maintenance efforts on the Thompson Block in July 2013
Courtesy Photo

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on Ypsilanti City Council approving a planned unit development agreement for the Thompson Block.

Ypsilanti City Council has rezoned the long vacant Thompson Block property in Depot Town and approved the planned unit development agreement for the site. 

Council voted five to nothing on the issue Tuesday night. 

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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 planned unit development.  Gillotti adds that the changes include adding residential parking behind the building and streetscape improvements along River Street for cafe seating.

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.

Gillotti maintains developers have two years to complete a PUD, however the Thompson Block faces a deadline in about 15 months for a finished building under the city's dangerous building ordinance.

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Local News
5:57 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Friends of the Freighthouse Continue Rehabilitation of Historic Facility

Friends of Freighthouse is well on its way to transforming Depot Town's historic structure into a community hub. 

The organization recently secured $40,000 in funding from a variety of sources, including the Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority.

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.

Friends of the Frighthouse chair Corrine Sikorski says along with basic maintenance, the building needs some major renovations, including ADA-compliant restrooms.

Community
9:47 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Ypsilanti Pride Day Marks 18th Anniversary on Saturday

Credit courtesy: ypsi pride facebook

Spring clean-up and community beautification projects will be found throughout Ypsilanti on Saturday.

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Classic autos
9:12 am
Mon July 2, 2012

The Great Race Stops in Ypsilanti

Classic cars take over Depot Town on Sunday afternoon.

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