Ypsilanti City Council may face some tough decisions on developing Water Street, as the process of updating the city's Master Plan clashes with plans for a county recreation center on the northwest corner of the property.
The design team that's taking public input and converting it into recommendations for council recommends locating the proposed recreation center further south on the parcel, mostly due to the building's large size and parking requirements.
One Ypsilanti city council member thinks it would be wise for the city to be ready to add some charter amendment issues to the ballot in the event the state puts a road construction funding issue up for a vote.
Council member Pete Murdock has four charter amendments in mind, most of which have been previously recommended by the city’s Charter Commission.
Environment Michigan Tuesday night made a presentation to Ypsilanti City Council on how the city could become a solar energy leader in Michigan, but its recommendation that the city set a goal of having solar panels on 1,000 roofs by the year 2020 was not immediately acted upon.
A new report says Ypsilanti could benefit both environmentally and financially from becoming a “solar destination”, and recommends the city set the goal of having solar panels installed on 1,000 city roofs by the year 2020.
Environment Michigan says the city would benefit from revenue from permits that would be required to install solar panels.
The group says a study in California showed solar panels added $20-thousand to the value of a home.
Ypsilanti Mayor Pro Tem Lois Richardson thinks it's time for a moratorium on new medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.
Talks are underway which could lead to a new dispensary on the east side of South Huron street, just north of I-94. Richardson says the city doesn't need another dispensary.
Richardson says Ypsilanti Township limits medical marijuana dispensaries, and the city should, too. She has not made an official proposal to limit the number of dispensaries in the city, but she appears to have support from at least two of her colleagues on city council.
Ypsilanti's city council has put off a decision on a purchase agreement that would have a Family Dollar store built on the northeast corner of the Water Street redevelopment area. The delay is due, in part, to the city's master plan update. Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
The city of Ypsilanti will be represented on a committee created to make collaboration between the city, Ypsilanti Township, and Eastern Michigan University more efficient. Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Disagreement Tuesday night over the issue of hoop houses and greenhouses nearly scuttled legislation before Ypsilanti's city council designed to expand urban gardening opportunities. Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ypsilanti's city council has approved a resolution supporting Ann Arbor's efforts to have Washtenaw County excluded from the regional transit authority for southeast Michigan. Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
The city of Ypsilanti will maintain its membership in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce. A resolution to withdraw form the organization was defeated Tuesday night. Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.