Ypsilanti

Environment
1:07 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Solar Energy in Ypsilanti

A solar installation at The Corner Brewery
Credit Solar Ypsi

Ypsilanti continues to push forward with a goal of becoming a solar destination. 

What began as a grassroots effort in 2005, has progressed to the point where the Ypsilanti City Council has passed a resolution establishing a goal of having one-thousand solar roofs in the city by the year 2020. 
Our guest this week is Dave Strenski.

He launched Solar Ypsi back in 2005, and you can see the grassroots efforts successes at a variety of locations around the city.

Issues of the Environment: Solar Ypsi 10/30/13

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Politics
6:46 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Local Reaction to Michigan Senate Approving Common Core Funding

The Michigan Senate has restored funding to implement the Common Core educational standards. WEMU's Bob Eccles has reaction from one local school district.

Click to listen to Bob's report.

Public Transportation
6:41 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

The Ride ready for Transit Center Demolition with Temporary Location

Credit Facebook/TheRide

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's Blake Transit Center is being torn down soon, so riders will be directed to a new temporary location. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

Click here to hear Bob's report.

Community
6:39 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Ypsi Community High School Sign finds Ypsi and Willow Run Grads Working Together

Ypsilanti Community High School can thank graduates of the former Ypsilanti and Willow Run high schools for a new electronic sign.

   

WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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Ypsilanti
11:56 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

EMU March For Peace, Vigil for Demarius Reed

Candlelight Vigil for EMU football player Demarius Reed.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Eastern Michigan University students and others remembered 20 year old student athlete Demarius Reed with a march, rally, and candlelight vigil.  Among those participating were Reed's mother and the family of Julia Niswender who was killed less than a year ago. 
 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the student led "Increase the Peace" march and rally and candlelight vigil for Demarius Reed.

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Ypsilanti
11:46 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Collaboration to Increase Police Patrols After EMU Football Player's Death

Credit Eastern Michigan University Police

Eastern Michigan University and area police agencies will immediately begin collaborating on patrols of the LeForge Road area north of EMU's campus.  

One week after the death of 20 year-old Demarius Reed, an Eastern Michigan University student athlete found dead in the University Green apartment complex, law enforcement is collaborating to step up patrols in the area.  EMU's Department of Public Safety will work with officers from the Ypsilanti Police department and Washtenaw County Sheriff's Deputies to patrol the LeForge Road area.

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Ypsilanti
6:16 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

EMU Police, Area Law Enforcement Agencies to Collaborate on Patrols

Credit Eastern Michigan University Police

Eastern Michigan University and area police agencies will immediately begin collaborating on patrols of the LaForge Road area north of the EMU campus. 

The university says the EMU Department of Public Safety will work with Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township police and the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, with each dedicating officers specifically to patrol the area. 

EMU Police Chief Bob Heighes says each evening, assigned officers will meet at the university's Public Safety headquarters to coordinate their efforts. 

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Community
5:27 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Students, Others March at EMU to 'Increase the Peace'

Credit Steve Rhodes / flickr

About 250 people are taking part in a "Increase the Peace" march across the Eastern Michigan University campus this afternoon. 

Among those in attendance - the mother of 20 year-old EMU student athlete Demarius Reed and several other family members.  Reed was found dead in his apartment complex suffering from several gunshot wounds, the victim of what investigators say may have been a robbery. 

Also marching today are family members of Julia Niswender, an EMU student who was found dead in her off-campus apartment almost one year ago. 

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Local News
2:04 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

EMU President Addresses Safety with Students

EMU Police Chief Bob Heighes and President Susan Martin
Credit Taylor Pinson

Eastern Michigan University officials continue to meet with representatives from the city of Ypsilanti and others to discuss ways to improve safety in response to a string of off-campus attacks on students, including the death of Wide Receiver Demarius Reed. 

To reach out to a wider group of students a public safety meeting was held in the middle of the food court at lunch time at the Student Center Wednesday. 

EMU President Susan Martin says they're working quickly to improve security off campus. She says a meeting with campus police and department leadership was taking place today. 

Martin says a meeting with Ypsilanti officials took place yesterday, with another planned for Friday.  She says they're "moving as quickly as we can".

EMU Police chief Bob Heighes says students are safe on campus, but they need to get involved by calling the police when they see things.  He says they are working with the city to improve safety off-campus as well. 

Students are leading a Stop the Violence march, rally, and vigil Thursday.

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

Ypsilanti
7:39 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Ypsi DDA Adjusting Nicely to New Home in City Hall

Credit Ypsilanti Downtown Development

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

WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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Local News
7:38 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Plans for County Recreation Facility on Water Street Moving Forward

Work on a proposed Washtenaw County recreation facility on Ypsilanti's Water Street property is rolling along. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story. 

Hear Bob's report here.

Local News
6:10 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Police Say People Heard Gunshots, Did Nothing to help Demarius Reed

Ypsilanti's interim Chief of Police says at least six people heard gunshots the night Demarius Reed was killed, but didn't call police. 

Tony DiGiusti's comments came at a community forum in the Eastern Michigan University Student Center ballroom Tuesday afternoon. 

Chief DiGiusti says at least one person walked by Reed lying on the ground and did nothing, thinking he was drunk. 

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Transportation
12:02 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Ann Arbor City Council Delays Vote on Accepting Ypsilanti Township into the AAATA

Credit Facebook/TheRide

Ann Arbor City Council on Monday night postponed a vote on amending the articles of incorporation of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority to include Ypsilanti Township.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, council voted eight to three last night to delay a decision until the second meeting in November.

Ypsilanti Township seeks to join the AAATA. Ann Arbor City Council says....not so fast.

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Local News
6:57 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Community Forum, Anti-Violence Rally Scheduled at EMU

As police continue to investigate the death of EMU student athlete Demarius Reed, another campus and community forum has been scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. 

Reed was found dead in his off-campus apartment complex early Friday morning.  Investigators say the 20 year-old had suffered several gunshot wounds, and my have been the victim of a robbery. 

Tuesday's community forum begins at 4:00 p.m., with Ypsilanti's interim Chief of Police giving an update on the investigation and answering any questions he can. 

Local News
6:54 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Funeral Arrangements Made, Memorial Fund Established for Demarius Reed

Credit emich.edu

Funeral arrangements have been set for the Eastern Michigan University student athlete found dead in his off-campus apartment complex Friday morning.

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Community
5:02 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Ann Arbor Could Soon Be Certified As 'Redevelopment Ready' Community

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.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more.
 

Andrew Cluley reports

 

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Local News
7:12 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

EMU President Calls Football Player's Death Senseless

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. 

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Local News
1:49 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Police Treating EMU Football Player's Death as Homicide

Demarius Reed
Credit emich.edu

Ypsilanti police say Eastern Michigan University student and football player Demarius Reed suffered multiple gunshot wounds. 

The 20 year-old was found dead in and apartment complex and LeForge and Clark Roads this morning. 

Investigators believe Reed may have been the victim of a robbery, although no-one is in custody at this time. 

An autopsy has been performed, but results won't be known for some time. 

The junior from Chicago was a Communication, Media and Theater Arts major, and a wide receiver on the football team. 

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Local News
12:04 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Water Street Family Dollar Sign Crisis Averted

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. 

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Business
10:17 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Proposed Dollar Store On Ypsilant's Water Street In Jeopardy

Action taken by Ypsilanti City Council last night may put the Family Dollar store planned for Water Street in jeopardy.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story. 

Bob Eccles Reports

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Community
9:24 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Water Street Re-Development Area Update

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.

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Local News
7:30 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Ypsi Police Chief Hiring Process Moving Forward

The process of finding Ypsilanti's next Chief of Police is moving forward, with the application period closing Monday. WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.

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Education
2:26 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Ypsilanti Community Schools Approve $158k Alarm Systems; Hires Gibelyou As Facilities Director

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.

Bob Eccles has the full story:

Bob Eccles Reports

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Local News
8:28 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

National Solar Tour comes to Ypsi This Weekend

The National Solar Tour is coming to Ypsilanti this weekend.

You'll be able to visit nearly a dozen buildings - including a few homes - that have solar panels, and learn about solar energy at each site.

The event is organized by SolarYpsi. Founder Dave Strenski says says the sites on the tour will include the Corner Brewery, the Ypsilanti Food Co-op, Adams STEM Academy, and City Hall.

The tour runs from 10am to 4pm Saturday.  For a complete list of tour sites or more information visit SolarYpsi.org.

http://solarypsi.org

Government
10:20 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Ypsilanti Firefighters Contract Approved

Credit City of Ypsilanti

The president of Ypsilanti's fire fighters union says with last night's City Council approval of a new contract, the proposed Public Service Officer model is dead.  

WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story:

The new contract for Ypsilanti Firefighters wins city council approval.

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