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New Plan Could Help Ypsilanti Market Water Street Redevelopment Project

Bob Eccles

A new brownfield plan could help Ypsilanti attract developers to the Water Street project.

The new plan replaces one adopted in 2006 when the city thought a single developer would use the 38 acre parcel south of Michigan Avenue.

Washtenaw County Economic Development Specialist Nathan Voght says the new version recognizes multiple developers will be involved. "More detailed analysis of brownfield conditions and potential financing using brownfield financing for various eligible activities will be considered on a parcel by parcel basis moving forward," Voght says.

Voght thinks the plan offers a more realistic build out scenario. Updates for remediation work that's been completed over the last eight years is included.

The plan still must be approved by Washtenaw County officials.

Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.
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