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Funding for a Depot Town stop on a new Amtrak rail line could be closer to reality.

Bob Eccles

Local efforts to restore Ypsilanti's historic Freighthouse have entered a new phase.  Ypsilanti City Council Member Pete Murdock is calling on the city and local organizations to help finish restoring the building.

Those efforts stalled after a State Historic Preservation Grant fell through.

Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority, city government and other local groups had previously pledged to contribute to the project if the grant was awarded.

Pop Up Business Program Launching In Ypsilanti

Oct 3, 2014

Ypsilanti's Downtown Development Authority is launching a new program to bring businesses downtown, at least temporarily.  The Pop-Up Business Program launches Monday night with the first of two orientation sessions.

DDA director Tim Colbeck says the aim is to put some of the vacant storefronts downtown to use for the fall and winter seasons. 

The Pop-Up Business Program lets business owners set up shop temporarily to find out if there is a market for their products, and to figure out if their business model works. 


A big crowd turned out Friday for a grand re-opening at Bona Sera Cafe in downtown Ypsilanti.  The restaurant now has a development liquor license, a tool the state created to help boost economic development.


It costs less than a normal liquor license, but it comes with the requirement that the business owner make at least $75,000 worth of improvements over a five-year period. 


The last few months have seen the opening of a downtown Ypsilanti office of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters and the Ypsilanti Running Company on W. Michigan Ave., and that's being viewed as a sign that people understand the value of being in downtown Ypsi.


Ypsilanti Downtown Development

The Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority is adjusting to its new location in City Hall.

WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.