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.
The city of Ypsilanti has made the first cut in the effort to be home to a four million dollar DTE Energy solar array.
City Council on Tuesday is expected to approve a lease and easement for the project, part of the next phase in the selection process.
DTE Energy is looking for a place to install a one-point-three megawatt solar array, and the city has proposed locating the array on four-and-a-half acres of land that once served as a landfill, north of I-94 and east of Huron Street.
The start of construction on the re-building of Ypsilanti's Rutherford pool is so close you can almost hear the sounds of folks enjoying a cool dip on a hot summer day. But as WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, work won't begin until $51,000 is raised.
High school students in the new Ypsilanti Community School District will attend Ypsilanti High School next year. Middle school students will attend classes at what is now Willow Run High School and the adjoining Willow Run Intermediate Learning Center. Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
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.
The Washtenaw County Border-to-Border Trail is a step closer to completion, thanks to an easement obtained by the City of Ypsilanti from Fischer Honda on Michigan Avenue.
Ypsilanti City Planner Teresa Gillotti says the easement will clear the way for a pedestrian bridge to be built from Riverside Park to a corner of the Fischer Honda property, with an improved Michigan Avenue crossing then linking the trail to the Water Street re-development area.
Gillotti says the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission is covering the $38,000 cost of the easement.
A group of about 35 people, most of them students, got together last night in the Ypsilanti High School media center to talk about mascot and school colors suggestions for Ypsilanti Community Schools.
The generational divide between the students and the adults was obvious, as most of the adults favored a mascot with historical significance, such as Bombers or Liberators, and the kids preferred something new, like Royals or Grizzlies.
Ypsilanti residents can plan for nice vegetable gardens on their property this summer, now that city council has approved an ordinance text amendment to allow for urban gardens in residential yards and vacant lots.
City Planner Teresa Gillotti says gardens can be grown in front, side and back yards, but must be set back three feet from the sidewalk and cannot obstruct the view for motorists.
Gillotti says area churches have been among those anxious to put vacant city lots to good use by planting gardens.
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 unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school district holds a public forum Saturday morning to give the public a chance to talk about suggestions that have been received for a district mascot and colors.
Board member Maria Sheler-Edwards is co-chair of the committee looking into mascots and colors. She says the process will be similar to the way the district's name was chosen, with a pair of public forums to narrow the options down. She says a final recommendation is expected at the board's March 28th meeting.
The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board last night accepted a recommendation that the consolidated district move toward a year-round educational model. The board's High Quality Teachers and Teaching Advisory Committee believes year-round school will help keep students from losing much of what they've learned over an extended summer break. The board will now establish a work team to look into the different types of balanced calendar models and figure out which is best for the district. The public's input on the idea will also be sought. Year-round school wouldn't begin until the 20
The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board holds a public forum Saturday at noon to update progress toward merging the districts, and to address questions and concerns from the public. Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
The unified Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board voted Monday night to have the Washtenaw Intermediate School District provide superintendent services during the transition period. Not many in the audience were happy with that decision. Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.