Dorsey Estates

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Notice 10/10/2023

The Development: 

Dorsey Estates is a newly constructed development that will feature 46 units of mixed-income residential site condominium, planned unit development at the city-owned parcel located at 220 N Park Street. The project will feature a mixture of cottages, duplexes, and townhomes within a walkable housing development. The architectural design will reflect the historic character of the surrounding community, providing a desirable living environment incorporating the Traditional Neighborhood context and sense of community.  

Affordable Units:

Dorsey Estates is partially funded through Washtenaw County American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding. These funds provide eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments with a substantial infusion of resources to meet pandemic response needs and rebuild a stronger and more equitable economy as the country recovers.

ARPA funding for this project will directly finance the construction of 23 affordable units (50% of the total), with income targeting between 40% and 80% of Area Median Income (AMI) as defined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Units will include missing-middle product types such as two-story Cottages, Duplexes, and Townhomes. 

Dorsey Estates will ensure permanent affordability and other requirements of the Community Benefit Ordinance through a site condominium structure. A Master Deed and Bylaws will be recorded for the property through the site condominium process that restricts the affordable units in perpetuity.  

The development went through a process driven by the City of Ypsilanti's Community Benefit Ordinance. 


Planned Unit Development:

The property went through a public process to receive approval for a Planned Unit Development through the City of Ypsilanti.  


Brownfield Redevelopment:


The 220 North Park site was historically used as Boys and Girls Club. The site has been vacant since approximately 2016.  When the former building was demolished, fill of unknown origin was brought in. Contaminants have been identified that require remediation and due care activities per Part 201 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA).  

Read the submitted Baseline Environmental Assessment here

Brownfield Incentives:

Washtenaw County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA), the City of Ypsilanti, and Washtenaw County approved a Brownfield Plan and 381 Work Plan for the reimbursement of eligible activities on the site. Washtenaw County BRA also approved a $500,000 grant and a $500,000 loan for the project. 

See the approved 381 Work Plan, which contains the Brownfield Plan as an attachment, here

Due Care

The property will require excavation and removal of contaminated soils, as well as engineering controls to meet the residential due care requirements of Part 201 of NREPA. 

The Environmental Construction Management Plan (ECMP) outlines the activities required to meet due care. This document will be updated as construction moves forward to address any new conditions encountered. Click here for the current ECMP.    

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