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Sep 09

Closing The Freighthouse

Comments (0) 12:00 AM posted by admin |

Okay. Let me get this straight. First, Ypsilanti City Council initially wanted to privatize the Freighthouse.

Then they closed it because it wasn’t up to code. And even though it hadn’t been inspected by a structural engineer, the company that insured it feared it could collapse.

After nearly 100 people stormed Tuesday’s council meeting, the City announced the Friends of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse would get the first opportunity to cough up $300K to repair and run it. This, and the City would hire a structural engineer to assess its condition.

This drives home the point that there’s a massive leadership vacuum at One South Huron Street. I can respect respect the decision to close the Freighthouse because the City is broke. I can even sympathize with the building’s premature closure because of insurance issues. But how can you not shake your head at the happenings over the past week? Three separate news articles telling three different stories. These are the people who are going make Ypsi cool? Revive Michigan Avenue and West Cross Street? Redevelop the Motor Wheel property? The only question you can ask is “How?”

In the City’s defense, why isn’t the Freighthouse rented every weekend? At $350 an event, the place is a steal. How can people complain about closing the place but not take advantage of a deal like that?

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