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Downtown Ypsilanti Businesses Split on Water Street Flats Proposal

Mar 3, 2014

As Ypsilanti City Council prepares to vote on a purchase agreement for the Water Street Flats affordable housing proposal, downtown businesses are sounding off on the project.

The Water Street Redevelopment area lies beneath a blanket of snow off Michigan Avenue.
Credit Bob Eccles



Business owners have been portrayed as being united in opposition to it, but an informal survey shows most like the idea or don't really have an opinion.  

Of the 13 businesses WEMU news asked, four said they support Water Street Flats, two are opposed and seven didn't feel strongly either way. 

City Council is expected to consider a purchase agreement for the project at its meeting Tuesday evening.

Also on council's agenda - approval of a Special Events Policy designed to help the city pursue fees and other charges it hasn't been collecting in a uniform manner.