Tag Archives: Brownfield Redevelopment Tax Credits

My thoughts on International Village

Yesterday, someone on Twitter called me out for being silent on the subject of International Village, the $350+ million dollar retail and housing development being proposed for Ypsilanti’s 36-acre Water Street property. According to this person, who was posting under a pseudonym, my silence on the matter was “deafening.” It’s something I’ve heard several times […]

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Ypsilanti City Council stares into the budget abyss

As you all know, the city of Ypsilanti has been in a perpetual budget crisis for the past half dozen years, with insolvency looming in the not so distant future the whole time. In spite of this fact, however, we’ve somehow managed to keep on going. Well, it’s looking as though the end may now […]

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Ypsilanti City Council passes resolution opposing Snyder agenda, calling for statewide tax reform

At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Ypsilanti City Council, the following resolution was offered by Councilmen Mike Bodary and Dan Vogt. It is, as you will realize when you read it, largely symbolic in nature, but I wholeheartedly endorse the sentiment behind it. Furthermore, I hope that it encourages other communities across Michigan to do […]

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Ypsi’s Karen and Eric Maurer challenge Snyder on brownfield and historic preservation tax credits

Local real estate developers Eric and Karen Maurer were featured in today’s Detroit Free Press, in an article about the Governor’s recent decision to eliminate tax credits like those which were utilized to restore several of the buildings along Ypsilanti’s Michigan Avenue corridor. In the following clip, you’ll not only hear the Maurers’ point of […]

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What Ypsi’s leaders will be doing to respond to Snyder’s proposed budget

Last night, I posted something here about Rick Snyder’s proposed budget, and my hope that our City’s leaders were actively working on an aggressive response, perhaps through an organization such as SEMCOG or the Michigan Municipal League. As with our earlier posts on the subject of the budget, it’s led to some good discussion. One […]

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