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Downtown Development Authority (DDA)

What is the Downtown Development Authority (DDA)?

The Act (1975) was developed to encourage historic preservation, halt property value deterioration, to increase property tax valuation in the business district, to eliminate causes of deterioration and to promote economic growth. The DDA may acquire and dispose of personal and real property.

The DDA is financed from the capture of new revenues from incremental increases in property assessments occurring within the district. The DDA may levy and collect taxes, and issue bonds.  DDA members are appointed by the Village President, subject to the approval of the Village Council.

The Village Council must approve the DDA improvement plan, its annual budget and financing plan. Kent City DDA, The Kent City Downtown Development Authority and District was created on February 12, 1989.

The DDA has helped finance or totally fund the following improvements: – New sidewalk construction – Sidewalk replacement – Infrastructure – Park improvements – Tyrone Township Fire Dept. well.


Façade Enhancement Program 2016 – The purpose of the Façade Enhancement Program is to provide assistance to owners of properties classified as C1 & C2 located within the boundaries of the Kent City Downtown Development Authority for the purpose of renovation and upgrade to the façade on existing buildings.  For full program information and application click on link:  Façade Enhancement Program 2016


DDA Member Title Term Expires
Andrew Bostwick Chair Previous Business Owner 2020
Dean Anderson Vice Chairperson Property Owner 2020
Sharon Olson Secretary Business Owner 2019
Nick Lewis Treasurer  Business Rep. 2017
Kathy Ignasiak Previous Business Owner 2018
Jeff Sabin Business Owner 2018
Liz Knapp Township Library 2017
Vacant 2019
John Petruska Village President by position


Winter Reminders:

Private snow contractors must clear all snow from the public streets and sidewalks. Residents are prohibited from blowing or shoveling snow into the streets or leave on the sidewalks. As a courtesy the village removes snow from the sidewalks and does the main school route first. However, it is the property owner’s responsibility to keep the sidewalk clear of snow & ice. Please be considerate of the DPW employees when they are removing snow. Mail Boxes Please check your mailbox post to be sure it is stable before the winter season is upon us and that the box is securely on the post. Mailboxes and / or supports that are damaged as a result from snowplowing are not subject to replacement by the Village.

Upcoming Events:

Board Meetings:

Council: February 9th- 7:00 p.m.

BZA: February 21st - 7:00pm

Council: February 23rd - Year End

Planning Commission: March 2nd - 7:00pm

Village Calendar