City of Wayne

Downtown Development Authority 

The Downtown Development Authority has a mission to undertake public improvements that have the greatest impact on strengthening the Downtown area and attracting new investment. Wayne's DDA includes all of Michigan Avenue and Wayne Road plus a large block of industrial property in southwest corridor of the City.

The DDA has launched several beautification projects including streetscape and parking lot improvements.  They have played an important role in developing the three, beautiful, City-operated hiking trails which border the District, as well as several other fun events downtown partnering with Wayne Main Street.

Come and see what Wayne has to offer you!


Purpose of the Downtown Development Authority


Public Act 57 of 2018, commonly referred to as the Downtown Development Authority Act, was created in part to correct and prevent deterioration of business districts; to promote economic growth and revitalization; to encourage historic preservation; to authorize the acquisition and disposal of interests in real and personal property; to authorize the creation of downtown development authorities; to authorize the levy and collection of taxes, the issuance of bonds and the use of tax increment financing in the accomplishment of specific downtown development activities contained in locally-adopted development plans.


The Act seeks to reverse historical trends that have led to the loss of population, jobs, businesses and the quality of life in our cities by attacking the problems of urban decline, strengthening existing areas and encourage new private developments in the downtown districts of Michigan communities. It seeks to accomplish this goal by providing communities with the necessary legal, monetary and organizational tools to revitalize downtown districts either through public-initiated projects or in concert with privately motivated development projects.







DDA Board Members:  


 David Steinhauer, Professional Insurance  -Chairman

 James Demmer, Jack Demmer Ford - Vice Chairman

Scott Gocaj, US 12 Bar and Grill- Secretary/Treasurer

Vince Law, Law Auto  

John Rhasea, Mayor 

Kim White-Jenkins, Helium Studio

Walter Bender, Tropical Smoothie Café

Abe Chahrour, Chahrour Investments


The DDA Board meets on the second Wednesdays of every month at 6pm in City Council Chambers at 3355 S. Wayne Road Wayne, MI 48184. 



 DDA Board Meeting Minutes 2019

     March 2019
     April 2019
     May 2019
     June 2019
     July 2019
     August 2019
     September 2019
     October 2019
    November 2019
    December - No Meeting



Agendas: Coming Soon

Currently posted outside of City Hall on the Community Notice Bulletin Board. 


Budget 2019-2020





DDA/TIF Draft Plan

2020 Meeting Schedule



DDA Plan 




City of Wayne DDA Contractor


Name                                                    Service                                                    Contract Expiration


Highland Landscape, Inc.              Landscape Maintenance                               2021






Wayne SEMCOG Profile 

Wayne US Census Profile 




Wayne County Business Resource Guide

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DTE Economic Development

Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center

Michigan Small Business Development Center