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.
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.
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.