GH City Council takes first steps toward developing shopping district

The Grand Haven City Council took its first steps toward developing a Principal Shopping District on Monday night. Council unanimously decided to set a public hearing for June 20 on the proposed PSD, as well as directed City Manager Pat McGinnis to prepare reports and surveys outlining a special assessment district related to possible implementation of the PSD. "The discussion with the PSD is two-pronged,' McGinnis said.
Alex Doty
Jun 7, 2011


Step one involves creating a special assessment and step two involves the Grand Haven Building and Planning Department developing language in the master plan identifying which area of the city is the PSD.

According to Main Street Downtown Development Authority Director Dana Kollewehr, the PSD would mirror the downtown district and be divided into two zones: core and non-core. These zones would be special assessed based on their square footage to raise money for promoting and marketing the downtown area.

“It allows us to protect and promote the private and public investment that has been made downtown,” Kollewehr said.

Read more of this story in today's print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



ANOTHER "special" assessment. This one goes directly to the DDA for spending on marketing projects that have no impact whatsoever. STOP bleeding downtown business dry. STOP acting like our bank accounts are your personal slush funds.


How about focusing on bringing some manufacturing back to our area for some REAL jobs. What is everyone going to shop with if they don't have a job?????


Do they never learn that they need to stay out of the development business!

Harry Kovaire

All government knows is to take from the productive and waste it. They know nothing of creating business activity or jobs.

Think you live in a free country? - Try starting a small business.

Downtown Resident

I am reluctant to pay yet another special assessment, especially since the ink is barely dry on the last multi-thousand dollar assessment for the heated sidewalks. Not only is this assessment going to hit downtown businesses hard, but the residents as well. How are we going to attract new residents to buy up vacant properties in the downtown area [and keep current residents!] if council does not consider its citizens' budgets? Am I going to have to pick up another job [if I can find one] to keep on paying special assessment after special assessment??? Please space these assessments out in time to allow people the opportunity to budget for them.


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