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West Cross Street Commercial Building Rehabilitation Grants

The Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority and Washtenaw County Eastern Leaders Group have partnered to fund $60,000 in building rehabilitation grants for the W. Cross St. /Campus Town District of the DDA.  

The program was created to address needed building improvements along the W. Cross St. commercial district.  The first round of applications occurred in the Fall of 2010 and awarded three grants of $10,000 each to the following projects:  

 729, 731, 733, and 735 W. Cross St. (Ted’s Campus Drugs and Art Attack) -Complete building renovation, new store fronts and windows, restore existing masonry, and interior renovation.  The project will create one new retail/dining space and renovate 11 second floor efficiency apartments into four 2-3 bedroom apartments.  There will be a complete upgrade of all mechanical systems.  This building renovation will lead to new commercial store fronts on W. Cross and create five temporary construction jobs and an estimated eight full time jobs depending on the commercial tenant.  The project budget for this redevelopment is $577,000 and will lead to an estimated Real Property Tax assessment of $8,000.

517 W. Cross (former Magazine Rack) – Conversion of vacant storefront into an expansion of Crossroads restaurant/lounge.  The grant will be used to help cover the costs of the new fire suppression system and the addition of a glass roll-down façade for 515 W. Cross St.  The budget for these improvements is $60,000-65,000.  It is estimated that this project will create 8-18 temporary construction jobs and 6-7 permanent jobs at the lounge upon completion.

701 W. Cross St. (Tower Inn Restaurant) -Complete façade renovation of the property and expansion/improvements to the outdoor patio area. This project has a budget of $30,000.  It will create an estimated six temporary construction jobs and six permanent restaurant jobs upon completion. 

The second round of applications will occur in the Spring of 2011. For more information, contact Tim Colbeck, DDA Executive Director at 734-482-1410 or at


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