GH residents, business community share thoughts on PSD proposal

Grand Haven City Council on Monday took the latest step in establishing a Principal Shopping District in Grand Haven - postponing further action until the Grand Haven Planning Commission determines the boundaries of the PSD. The City Council unanimously approved the delay, which will give the Planning Commission time to make an amendment to the Master Plan designating an area of the city as the PSD. "The Planning Commission is currently engaged in that discussion,' City Manager Pat McGinnis said.
Alex Doty
Jun 21, 2011


Monday night’s action came following a lengthy public hearing about an assessment on properties within the Downtown Development Authority district to help fund the proposed PSD. During this public hearing, reaction was mixed about the proposal.

The proposed Principal Shopping District would be implemented in two zones. The core zone would encompass the waterfront area on Harbor Drive from Second Street to Howard and between the north side of Franklin Street and Columbus Avenue from Harbor Drive to Third Street. The rest of the PSD district would be in an area known as the non-core zone.

Money raised by the assessment would be used to market and promote the DDA district.

The DDA currently employs a voluntary membership program. Of the 227 businesses in the district, 29 percent of the MSDDA businesses pay into the program, contributing to marketing and promotions.

To read more of this story, see today's edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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