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The Porn Industry Might Be coming to Ypsilanti – ITS TRUE!!

Posted by ppna on April 1, 2009

Our trusty friend and reporter Steve Pierce at the Ypsi News has reported that a group composed of two of the adult film industries largest players, Hustler Video and Vivid Studios is looking to build a studio in the ACH building (the ‘Ford’ plant by I-94). The group listed the availability of new ‘starlets’ from UM and EMU as well as the State’s Movie Incentive program as being their primary reasons for shopping in Ypsilanti.

I contacted Steve as well as a couple of our elected officials and found out that this article is true. In Fact, Pete Murdock (council member from Ward 3) told me that not only is the adult industry looking at the ACH building but the two, previously unnamed potential developers for Water Street are L.A. based firms believed to be involved with the group. Pete said that the ACH deal and the potential Water Street deals will probably have to act in concert with each other.

I was told that the potential investors for Water Street would be presenting their plan at the next Water Street Special Session Meeting. Although the site plan is still being developed it is going to center around 3 story buildings with street level retail with residential units above. The site plan is also expected to include a large fountain and park area which will be used as a backdrop during some of the photo shoots (I assume it will be blocked off then) but will be a public space when filming is not being done.

It is expected that some of the retail spaces will be ‘adult’ related but others will house the expected high end fashion shops, Dr’s Offices (presumably plastic surgeons), as well as production and legal offices.

I guess if we can’t have our Baseball Stadium this is the next best thing.

I don’t see a drawback but I’m sure there are going to be people that complain. Councilman Murdock asked that people reserve complaints until the official proposal is made at the next Water Street Special Session when all the facts are going to be released. We can’t afford to scare off potential investors.

Read the full article here —
http://ypsinews.com/index.php/200904-porn-execs-eyeing-ypsilanti-for-new-studio-space/

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