The special assessment will help the Downtown Development Authority achieve their goal of marketing and promoting the DDA district through branding, special events, beautification of public spaces, and the production of print and other marketing materials.
Earlier this year, City Council amended Grand Haven’s Master Plan that designated the DDA district as the city’s principal shopping area.
The special assessment approved by the city is divided into five annual installments; the first being due Nov. 15. Council approved the PSD so that this year’s payment was prorated for only two-thirds of the annual assessment.
According to DDA Executive Director Dana Kollewehr, the PSD special assessment would charge core property owners from Harbor Drive at Second Street to Howard Street 20 cents per square foot for main floors and 10 cents per square foot for all other floors.
“In the non-core zone, it would be smaller than that,” Kollewehr said of the assessment.
Fritz, who voted against the PSD assessment, said that the idea for an assessment on the DDA district was coming at a bad time. He said with other assessments such as the one associated with the recent downtown snowmelt installation, the business and building owners have been through a lot in a down economy.
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