FAQ

What is the DDA?

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Public Act 197 of 1975 as amended, is designed to be a catalyst in the development of a community’s downtown district. The DDA provides for a variety of funding options including tax increment financing mechanism, which can be used to fund public improvements in the downtown district and the ability to levy a limited millage to address administrative expenses.
MichiganBusiness.org Fact Sheet
Downtown Development Authority Act 197 of 1975


Is my property/business in the DDA?

View the DDA map.


What is my property zoned?

View the zoning map.


Is there a fee to be in the DDA?

The DDA boundary is a zone. Landlords within that zone pay a 2mil tax to the DDA. There is also a TIF plan in place in which the DDA collects 12% of the 15mil city tax on properties within the DDA. 


What are the rules for putting up a sign for my business?

SECTION 800.7:4 - Signs in the CBD (Central Business) and C-1 (Old Town Business) Districts.

SECTION 800.7:3 - Signs in the LC (Limited Commercial) District.

SECTION 800.7:9 - Signs in the W (Waterfront) and WCB (Waterfront Central Business) District.


Does the DDA provide trash pickup?

The DDA hdoes not provide trash pickup, but we do provide six dumpster locations for downtown businesses to use. Each location has a container for general trash and for card board. For curbside pickup (week days at 7am) contact Repulic Services.

Republic Services: Rob Killian
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231-723-4850

DDA Dumpster Locations: North of the Avenue
1. Parking lot at corner of James & Court
2. Parking lot to the West of the James Street Plaza
3. Parking lot behind Old Hamlin

DDA Dumpster Locations: South of the Avenue
1. Parking lot behind Hallmark
2. Parking lot at Rath & Loomis
3. Parking lot behind Lindsay's Furniture 


Can I hang string lights?

ARTICLE 800.5 - PROHIBITED SIGNS