Centertown survey

Business people in Grand Haven's Centertown said in a new survey they would like to see more retail shops, restaurants and service-based establishments in the district.
Alex Doty
Nov 30, 2012


Only 36 percent of those surveyed said they would support extending the downtown snowmelt system to Centertown. Those that did want the sidewalk snowmelt were willing to pay an annual fee of up to $1,200 for it.

The survey was conducted by the city's Main Street Downtown Development Authority. Authority officials said they hope to get a better taste for Centertown from the survey's results.

“The goal was to reach out to Centertown and better serve it,” said John Naser, a member of the authority's Business Recruitment and Retention Committee.

Dana Kollewehr, the authority's executive director, noted that 98 percent of the businesses in Centertown participated in the survey. It featured a variety of issues — ranging from thoughts on what the district should be known as, to what types of businesses they would like to see in the community.

“That’ll help guide us with the types of businesses we recommend and attract to Centertown,” Kollewehr said.

Kollewehr said they would use the results of the survey, as well as market data, to see if a business would be a good fit for Centertown.

“Currently, our Recruitment and Retention Committee has a team that has established a recommended target list of businesses we’re trying to bring to Grand Haven,” she said.

The survey also asked thoughts regarding capital improvements for the area. Kollewehr said that information would help the DDA decide what types of projects to advocate.

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


Uncle Dave

The question that was left off the questionaire? Would you Choose to just have timely maintenance to infrastucture rather than recent years of benign neglect, and forgo "master plans", sub plans and committees screening bussiness for your area if you could forgo paying the PSD and DDA "retail taxes" that are being selectively applied to centertown without tangible services.


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