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.
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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.
GRANT APPLICATION FOR FACADE IMPROVEMENTS - Click to view
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
City of Wayne DDA Contractor
Name Service Contract Expiration
Highland Landscape, Inc. Landscape Maintenance 2021
Wayne SEMCOG Profile