Water Street Redevelopment Area

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Potential Water Street Development 

In October of 2019, staff was contacted by the development firm Kaufman Jacobs to discuss a potential development at Water Street. Discussions over the past year have continued and the developer is at the point where they would like to get public input on the development. While we are still early in the process, the developer would like to get public input on the concept. 

November 5, 2020 – 7 pm – Virtual public engagement meeting 

November 13, 2020 – 10 am – Virtual public engagement meeting

November 18, 2020 – 5 pm – Virtual public engagement meeting

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Development Documents
Water Street Meeting Flyer
Water Street Conceptual Plan
Water Street Conceptual Style


The Water Street Redevelopment area is a 38-acre, City-owned site adjacent to Historic Downtown Ypsilanti, between Ann Arbor and Detroit Metro Airport (DTW). The site is bounded on the north by 1500 feet of Michigan Avenue frontage (US-12 Business Route), and on the south and west by 1/2 mile of Huron River frontage. The City of Ypsilanti is currently seeking a developer for the site or several developers for portions of the site.

General Site Information

To date, the City of Ypsilanti has performed property acquisition and assessment and completed demolition. Remediation continues using various Michigan and Federal grants and loan programs, Neighborhood Stabilization Funds (NSP), and municipal bonds.

Brownfield Plan

The Washtenaw County Brownfield Redevelopment authority has approved a brownfield plan for the site with an estimated total of $22.9 million in reimbursable costs. A small amount of contamination remains on the site, but mitigation can be reimbursed through Brownfield Tax Increment Financing (see below).

Redevelopment Goals

The community would like to see the site redeveloped in a mixed-use, urban form that is in keeping with the adjacent historic downtown area and neighborhoods. A biking and walking trail and linear park is planned for the Huron River frontage, connecting Riverside Park to the north with Waterworks Park to the south and serving as part of a 37-mile-long trail running through Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and adjacent communities.

The following 2010 aerial shows the redevelopment area; however, there are no structures remaining on the site.
Water Street Redevelopment Area Aerial Map

Property Layout

Additional Resources

Environmental Conditions