PSD for downtown in place

After months of meetings with members of the community and city officials, the Grand Haven Downtown Development Authority's Principal Shopping District is in full effect. On Monday night, Grand Haven City Council voted 4-1 to implement a special assessment roll that rounds out the PSD process. Councilman Mike Fritz voted against the assessment.
Alex Doty
Oct 19, 2011

 

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.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

 

 

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