Construction has begun on the site of a Family Dollar store on the Water Street re-development area.
An official groundbreaking will he held after the August 5th primary election, but construction machinery was busy at work on the site Tuesday, maneuvering around wooden stakes topped with pieces of fluttering fluorescent tape.
The sidewalk along Michigan Avenue is also marked with fluorescent spray paint.
The Family Dollar project is the first on Water Street to see construction begin since 1999.
Ann Arbor voters will chose a new mayor this year but the changes won’t necessarily stop there. Three of Ann Arbor’s 5 wards have contested Democratic Primaries for council seats. The first ward race pits incumbent Sumi Kailasapathy against challenger Don Adams Junior.
Medical tests are rarely a pleasant experience, especially if you're worried that something could be seriously wrong. That's true even though we know that regular screenings and tests often help doctors catch issues early.
Roland Sizemore's announcement that he would not seek re-election to the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners in District 5 prompted four Democrats to file to replace him.
Keith Jason, Wilma Gold-Jones, Ruth Ann Jamnick and Victor Dobrin each would like to represent Ypsilanti and Augusta Townships on the board. Listen to thee candidates' thoughts on crime and public safety in the audio above.
Ann Arbor's Democratic Mayoral Primary is now just over a week away. The 4 city council members running for the post continue to walk neighborhoods looking for votes. One of the key's to the election may turn out to be what residents want from the city in these neighborhoods.
When it comes to local government what's happening in your neighborhood often plays the biggest role in who gets your vote. With Ann Arbor's Democratic Mayoral primary less than two weeks away, here's what some residents want.
As the August 5th primary election draws near, Debbie Dingell, one of two Democrats seeking to fill her husband John's 12th Congressional district seat, stops by the WEMU studios to talk about the campaign.
Washtenaw County Circuit Court Judge David Swartz has ruled against Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards request for a temporary injunction to prevent the drilling of an exploratory well in Scio township. It's a victory for West Bay Exploration and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Candidates running for office in Washtenaw County show a good understanding of the important role that arts and culture play in setting a sense of place and improving the local economy.
That's according to Arts Alliance Director Deb Polich, whose organization hosted a candidates forum Wednesday morning.
"I think the challenge that comes up often is that they don't know the opportunities that exist in other cities and other states that actually make it possible to invest dollars and make public policy that can change the current circumstances," Police says.
Ray Mullins thinks America needs some people in congress who "give a damn about the poor and middle class." The Ypsilanti Attorney faces Debbie Dingell in the Democratic primary for the 12th U-S House district.
Blood is not like drinking water - you can't stockpile large supplies for use in emergencies. It has to be fairly fresh. And so the American Red Cross finds itself in its usual summertime bind of critically needing donations.
Red Cross Communications Manager Angie Bermudez says it's tough when 20 percent of blood drives take place on college campuses and at high schools.
She says with summer vacations, this is the time of greatest need.
"We're missing a large percentage of our regular donations," Bermudez says.
Organizers of this year's Ypsilanti Heritage Festival want the festival parade to spotlight the fun, creative side of the community.
"We really want to foster a little bit of that New Orleans spirit," festival director Andrew Clock says, "where neighborhoods come out and put together floats and acts just to say 'look how cool our neighborhood is'. We've got a lot of that spirit in Ypsilanti, so we want to make the Heritage Festival parade the opportunity to do that."
Michigan's recycling rate falls well below the regional average. It stands at about 15-percent right now. Governor Rick Snyder wants to double the rate in the next two years. The head of the state's Department of Environmental Quality believes an Ann Arbor facility could play a role in boosting recycling across the state.
Three Democrats are running to be Ypsilanti's next mayor, and they're all scheduled to appear at a public forum Monday night.
The gathering at the Ypsilanti District Library's downtown branch will feature community activist Tyrone Bridges, Growing Hope Executive Director Amanda Edmonds and current city council member Pete Murdock, who all want to replace Paul Schreiber as mayor.
Organizers say the forum is a chance for voters to hear what the candidates have to say on a variety of issues.
Ann Arbor's Democratic mayoral primary is rapidly approaching on August 5th. Since incumbent Mayor John Hieftje isn't seeking re-election it offers the community a chance to chart a new course in a wide variety of areas.