The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is a funding tool that Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) administers to help catalyze public and private investment in Grand Rapids’ urban core.
To maintain a high level of openness and transparency, the full recording of the live-streamed DDA Board meeting on June 14, 2023, is available on YouTube.
The Board met on this agenda and took the following action:
Monroe Center Tree Lighting
The Board approved expenditures to support the removal and replacement of decorative lighting from Monroe Center trees, as well as the installation of new lights. This project was originally planned for 2025 but was accelerated to coincide with tree pruning and maintenance.
Funds were approved not to exceed $30,888.
Downtown Wayfinding Implementation
The board approved funding to continue the phased implementation of the new Downtown wayfinding system. New skywalk wayfinding (Phase A) has been installed and Center City (Phase B) signage is currently in the process of being installed. This round of funding will support fabrication and installation of Phase D (active work zones and areas outside of center city). Installation is planned for mid to late August with completion targeted in early October.
Funds were approved not to exceed $185,863.
Downtown Liquor License - Daisies Place
The Board approved a liquor license for Daisies Place, a planned restaurant that will bring unique brunch offerings to Ionia Avenue. This female, minority-owned business hopes to open sometime in August.
Community Rebuilders Housing Outreach Program
The Board approved funding for Community Rebuilders' geo-targeted housing outreach program. This is a collaborative effort with the City of Grand Rapids. The program's goal is so support the rapid rehousing of individuals experiencing homelessness, specifically in the center city areas of Monroe Center and Louis Campau Promenade. These funds will supplement City funding, as well as additional expected public, private and philanthropic funding.
Funds were approved not to exceed $150,000.