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Downtown Development Authority (DDA)

The Kent City Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and District were created in 1989 to provide for and facilitate an environment attractive to business investment within the downtown district. The DDA is responsible for seasonal decorations and maintenance within the boundaries of the downtown district. The DDA also promotes district business growth by offering the Facade Enhancement Program, which is a matching grant offered 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, up to $5,000.00.  

The Kent City DDA is a nine-member board comprised of a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Business Owners within the Downtown District, Property Owners within the Downtown District, and Community Members. DDA members are appointed by the Village President, subject to the approval of the Village Council.

The DDA tax increment financing mechanism allows for the capture of the incremental growth of local property taxes over a period of time to fund downtown development activities. The DDA may levy and collect taxes and issue bonds.  The DDA may acquire and dispose of personal and real property. The Village Council must approve the DDA improvement plan, its annual budget and financing plan. 

The DDA has helped finance or totally funded the following improvements: – New Sidewalk Construction – Sidewalk Replacement – Infrastructure – Park Improvements – Tyrone Township Fire Dept. Well – Main Street Streetscape – Main Street Trash Receptacles – Main Street Seasonal Displays. The DDA also sponsors and assists with town events, including the Halloween event where they supply cupcakes and hot chocolate. 

All DDA Meetings are subject to the Open Meetings Act and are open to the public. The Kent City DDA meets the third Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m., at the Kent City Village Office, 200 S Main Street, Kent City, MI 49330. 

Links to Information 

Façade Enhancement Program 2024 
Kent City DDA District Map 

Kent City DDA Board 
DDA Member Title   Term Expires
Glenn Crabtree Chair Village Resident 2026
David Kieft Vice Chair Township Resident 2028
Sharon Olson Secretary Business Owner 2028
Nick Lewis Treasurer Business Rep. 2028
Ray Avila   Business Owner 2026
Pedro Sanchez     2026
Katie Mitchell   Tyrone Twp Library 2026
Steve Buckner     2026
Bert Rose   Village President by Virtue of position