Doing Business in Ypsilanti
Available to businesses and building owners in any of the 3 DDA districts of Ypsilanti.
Michigan Small Business Development Center
Are you thinking about launching or growing your small business? If you are then you should visit the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC). They offer free counseling, market research, and business training services and have a local office in Downtown Ypsilanti. For more information visit sbdcmichigan.org »
SPARK East Business Incubator
Since 2008 the SPARK East Business Incubator in Downtown Ypsilanti has been a magnet for innovation based companies of all sizes. If you are an entrepreneur looking for a space for your start-up company and the resources to get your business venture off the ground, you should pay SPARK East a visit. For more information visit SPARK’s website »
Redevelopment Liquor Licenses Available in the Ypsilanti DDA Districts
The State of Michigan approved the creation of Redevelopment Liquor Licenses through PA 501 of 2006. This act allows local governments to issue new liquor licenses above their allotted quota with the stated purpose of encouraging economic development in approved development areas. Redevelopment Liquor Licenses are available for $20,000 provided certain investment thresholds and performance criteria are met. For specific details and application see:
- Michigan Economic Development Corporation Redevelopment Liquor License Fact Sheet »
- PA 501 of 2006 Redevelopment Liquor License »
- YDDA Redevelopment Liquor License Policy »
Street Closures for Events
The DDA regulates three dumpster enclosures in Downtown Ypsilanti. They are located in the N. Huron, S. Huron, and N. Adams parking lots.
All enclosures require a code for access.
We offer restaurant, commercial, and residential rates. All invoices are billed in four month cycles.
If you are interested in purchasing access to one of the dumpsters, please email
Downtown Parking Permits
- West Cross Public Parking Map (PDF)
- Downtown Public Parking Map (PDF)
- Depot Town Public Parking Map (PDF)
The DDA does not manage or operate public parking in the City. For more information on the parking system in the City, please visit the City of Ypsilanti Parking Website.
Civic & Business Organizations
- Downtown Association of Ypsilanti
- Depot Town Merchants
- Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Ypsi Real
- Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation
- Association of Businesses of Color
Government & Education
- City Of Ypsilanti
- Eastern Michigan University
- Ypsilanti District Library
- Washtenaw County
- Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority
- Washtenaw Community College
- Washtenaw Intermediate School District
- Ypsilanti Community Schools
- Charter Township of Ypsilanti
- Ann Arbor SPARK
- Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority