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 program that offers students from low-income families the chance to enjoy a free or reduced cost lunch has not been affected by the partial federal government shutdown - yet. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.
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.
The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority is a step closer to adding another member community. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the AAATA Board last night voted unanimously to approve Ypsilanti Township's request to join the authority.
Cruelty investigators with the Humane Society of Huron Valley found horrendous conditions in a home in Ypsilanti Township from which 88 malnourished, flea-bitten cats have been removed. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.
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 Community High School lost its first-ever football game to Milan in a contest that took a couple of days to decide. Friday night's game was suspended in the third quarter due to lightning, and continued Saturday afternoon. The final score: Milan 13, Ypsilanti Community High 6. The Grizzlies scored on a 34-yard pass from Mike Caldwell to Jalen Maxwell. The extra point attempt failed.