“There is a lot of interest in the DDA district,” said Dana Kollewehr, director of the city's Main Street Downtown Development Authority.
This interest has resulted in a low vacancy rate — a mere 2 percent of commercial space. This compares to the 24 percent vacancy rate that was reported prior to the formation of the DDA several years ago.
Mayor Geri McCaleb said she is glad to see the downtown have such impressive numbers.
“It just speaks well of our community that we have such a low vacancy rate,” she said.
City Councilman John Hierholzer is equally impressed with the work being done in the downtown area.
“I am very pleased with the DDA and how they are operating this year,” he said. “It’s nice to see the business district take this and work on the retail end of things downtown.”
Several new businesses have opened in the downtown area during the past year.
“We had 13 new businesses with some more coming into town,” Kollewehr said.
The new businesses include Grand Haven Oil & Vinegar, 115 Washington; and Old Things, 220 Washington.
Although there are currently some empty storefronts, Kollewehr noted that it won’t be long before new businesses fill them.
To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.