Water Street Flats

WEMU News
8:27 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Water Street Development Plans Coming Along

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

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

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.

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Ypsilanti
11:18 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Ypsilanti City Council Approves Water Street Flats Purchase Agreement

City Planner Teresa Gillotti updates Ypsilanti City Council on Water Street Flats proposal.
Credit Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti City Council Tuesday night voted 4-3 to approve a purchase agreement for the Water Street Flats affordable housing proposal. 

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WEMU News
7:33 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Downtown Ypsilanti Businesses Split on Water Street Flats Proposal

The Water Street Redevelopment area lies beneath a blanket of snow off Michigan Avenue.
Credit Bob Eccles

As Ypsilanti City Council prepares to vote on a purchase agreement for the Water Street Flats affordable housing proposal, downtown businesses are sounding off on the project.

  

    

Business owners have been portrayed as being united in opposition to it, but an informal survey shows most like the idea or don't really have an opinion.  

Of the 13 businesses WEMU news asked, four said they support Water Street Flats, two are opposed and seven didn't feel strongly either way. 

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Ypsilanti
12:10 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Residents Continue to Raise Concerns over Water Street Flats Proposal

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

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.

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.

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Ypsilanti
5:53 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Ypsilanti To Hold Workshop on Affordable Housing Tonight

Proposed "Water Street Flats" affordable housing project
Credit Herman and Kittle Properties

Ypsilanti residents tonight will have an opportunity to learn more about a proposed housing complex  in the Water Street re-development area tonight.  City Planner Teresa Gillotti says the developer is expanding the Water Street Flats project from its initial plan offering. Originally, the 12-million dollar development was to have 76-units of affordable housing. That figure is now 90-units. 

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