Ypsilanti Courier closing downtown office

December 7, 2006 by  
Filed under News

The Ypsilanti Courier will be closing their office at 133 W. Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti. Austen Smith, editor of the Courier said the parent company, Journal Register, had decided to close the office to save money. Staff will continue to work from their Belleville office.

Smith said, “The closing of the Courier office is a purely financial decision and does not speak to our continuing dedication to news coverage in the Ypsilanti area or our commitment to the community at large. As there are several of you who are business-people on this email list, I am hoping and praying that you understand that this was an inevitable decision because of the lack of staff and use we get out of the office itself.”

The office will close on January 1, 2007. The decision to close the office will not affect the publication of the Ypsilanti Courier. It will remain a weekly newspaper.

A number of other offices and business have closed or moved in the last year. Staffers in Congressman John Dingell’s office said they were closing their office on South Washington and moving to a smaller office in the Key Bank Building. Silver Birch Engineering moved their downtown office to Ohio. Citizens Bank closed their downtown branch in September. The used bookstore next to Bombadill’s closed as well as Sunday’s Restaurant on North Washington.
BW-3 at Washington and Pearl is leaving the old Huron Hotel to relocate to Ypsilanti Township.

There are some bright spots. The Rocket, funky vintage, toys and candy, and United and Sonz, business services and entertainment promotion, has opened on Michigan Avenue. Mi-Hut which serves coffee, pastries all made in their shop, and sandwiches has re-opened with new owners on Pearl Street next to BW-3. Look in the Attic, reproduction antique hardware, glassware, and wide selection of gifts opened on Michigan Avenue.

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