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Downtown Development Authority

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Follow the latest news and discussions from the DDA Board on their blog.


View the budget for the North Whittaker Redevelopment Project and Citywide Streets and Infrastructure Repair Project


The DDA Board generally meets at 8:00 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month at City Hall.

DDA Development & Tax Increment Financing Plan

For information on the Downtown Development Authority Development & Tax Increment Financing Plan please click here.

Downtown Infrastructure and Streetscape Plan

In August 2009, the Business Improvement District Board of Directors conducted a Downtown Study.  This Study was based upon results of a downtown survey which was posted online, noticed in newspapers, mailed to a sample of 678 resident households (153 responses; 23%), given to 62 students, and 18 downtown businesses were interviewed personally.  A grant from the Pokagon Fund made this study possible.
The results from this Downtown Study were used by the Business Improvement District (BID) Board of Directors to create the BID's Downtown Streetscape Plan, completed January 2010.
The City has used the research of this Plan to get grant funding to pave South Whittaker Street in 2014. Downtown infrastructure and streetscape is a priority project of the City Council.


 Master Plan

 The City has the DRAFT Master Plan available to view by clicking here. This link was updated on May 2, 2016 which includes an updated page 17.




Downtown Development Authority

In August 2013, the Business Improvement District Board of Directors approved a resolution request the City Council establish a Downtown Development Authority.  The City Council has been moving forward with this request. 


Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Act
A quick reference guide on DDA's
Michigan Municipal League (MML) DDA Act synopsis
MML DDA Qustions and Answers
MML Downtown Development Guide
MML Financing downtown development projects


DDA Meetings

DDA Bylaws

DDA Development & TIF

Robert Kemper
Board Chair
Nov. 2020

Chad Gradowski
May 2021

Dee Dee Duhn

Board Member

Nov. 2020

Doug Roch
Board Member
Nov. 2020

J.V. Peacock
Board Member
Nov. 2021

Joe Lindsay
Board Member
Nov. 2021

Jodi Sullivan
Board Member
Nov. 2021

Pete Rahm
Board Member
May 2020

Mayor O'Donnell




Business District Development Board