Washtenaw County could soon have two communities certified as Redevelopment Ready. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation took over the program two years ago and is in the middle of re-certifying Ypsilanti, while Ann Arbor joins the list of eight new communities to be evaluated.
The Eastern Michigan University community came together this afternoon for an update on the death of football player Demarius Reed. Reed's body was found this morning in the hallway of an off-campus apartment complex and law enforcement say it's an apparent homicide.
The crisis that could have derailed plans for a Family Dollar store in the Water Street Re-Development Area has been averted.
City Council on Tuesday approved a development plan for the store that removed a provision to allow a so-called monument sign on the property – something a representative of the developer suggested could be a deal-breaker.
Ypsilanti has been getting a few nibbles from developers interested in the Water Street Re-Development Area. Discussions are in the very early stages, but Ypsilanti has been seeing a lot more interest in the Water Street Re-Development Area over the past six months.
City Planner Teresa Gillotti says there's been a lot more interest over the past six months. Gillotti explains that developers interested in building a variety of housing types have been in contact with her office.
Gillotti adds that they've also been reaching out to grocery stores, since many of the comments gathered during the ShapeYpsi planning process indicated an interest for a larger, more traditional grocery store in the downtown area. Aside from the Family Dollar and Recreation Center proposals, Gillotti says everything else is in the very early discussion stage. Gillotti says aside from the Family Dollar and Recreation Center proposals, other talks are in the very early stages, but she's hopeful it won't be long before firm proposals can be brought to city council for consideration.
The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education last night approved replacing the alarm systems in several district buildings. Superintendent Scott Menzel maintains that most of the new systems are being installed in former Willow Run school district buildings.
Ypsilanti land owners will soon be paying more money for street lighting. The money will be used to help pay for 500 new LED streetlights through out the city, though
Ypsilanti already has around 300 LED streetlights.
The Ypsilanti City Council approved a special assessment fee at this week's meeting that will charge residents around $120 over the next two years for each parcel of land they own. The city will replace older sodium and mercury-vapor lights with more efficient, longer-lasting LEDs.
Ypsilanti City Council has voted unanimously to have the city Assessor create a tax roll for the city-wide Streetlight Special Assessment District, and to file the roll for public examination.
The cost of replacing streetlights with more efficient LEDs will be covered by the $58 every parcel of city land would pay each year for two years. That's a big change from the original proposal, which had residents paying for the replacement and operation of the lights for the next 18-years.
It may not be terribly exciting, but tonight's agenda for the Ypsilanti Community schools Board of Education includes some items important to helping the newly-formed district get the school year started on the right foot.
WEMU's Bob Eccles provides a preview of tonight's session:
The annual Ypsilanti Heritage Festival kicks-off on Friday and the celebration will run through the weekend. It's a perfect time to take a look back at some of the elements that have helped create the identity of this Washtenaw County community.
WEMU's Wendy Wright delves into the rich history and heritage of the City of Ypsilanti. In this 11-minute audio feature, Wendy provides some historical snapshots of people and places that helped forge the identity on Michigan's 2nd oldest city.