Downtown Development Authority
About the Downtown Development Authority
The DDA was established in 1982 and is overseen by the Mayor and a 12 member board appointed by the City Commission. It is the responsibility of the DDA Board to define the downtown district and provide for all other matters within the district.
Focus: Infrastructure & Marketing
The DDA’s main focus is to facilitate economic development for the downtown district.
The DDA engages in building and maintaining:
- Parking lots
- Street lighting
- Traffic signals
- Other streetscape features
DDA Board Members
- Mayor Oliver Wolcott, CEO
- Adam Covington, Chairperson, resident
- Kerri Pollard, Vice Chairperson, owner Spa Agio
- Ellen Elliott, executive director of Friends of the Penn, resident
- Maura Hynes, owner of Plymouth Coffee Bean Co., resident
- Dan Johnson, owner Ironwood Grill and Park Place Gastro Pub
- Robert Parent, owner Sun & Snow Sports
- Brent Rieli, resident and Plymouth Yoga Room representative
- Frank Yaquinto, owner Compari's, Fiamma and The Sardine Room
DDA meetings are held on the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall, 201 S. Main St.
Recent DDA Accomplishments
- 2018 renovation of the Central Parking Deck
- 2017 revamp of downtownplymouth.org to a mobile friendly format.
- 2016 reconstruction of the Fleet Street Alley that included award winning recognition from the Michigan Concrete Association.
- Doubled the amount of bike parking downtown in 2016.
- Continued production and coordination of the Friday night "Music in the Air" concert series in Kellogg Park.
- Addition of several dozen businesses in the downtown area to give the city of Plymouth one of the lowest vacancy rates in Michigan.
- Annual coordination with the Salvation Army and local retailers to produce the Main Street Boulevard Tree Lighting and Salvation Army Red Kettle Kick Off.
- Annual Adopt-a-Planter flower box program.
- Continued matching grant program to expand the holiday street lights.
- Coordination of sidewalk snow and ice removal every winter to keep downtown a safe and comfortable place to dine and shop.
- Digital media expansion including a new mobile friendly website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Downtown Plymouth events can also be found on the Pure Michigan page and the LocalHop smartphone app.
- 2011 Completion of two-year $2.1 million dollar Streetscape project.
Future DDA Projects
- Development of the property commonly referred to as the "Saxton's Property."
- Upgrade of the Kellogg Park fountain.
- Improvement of parking lots and alleys.
- Downtown tree replacement program.
- Increase public parking inventory.
- Increase bicycle parking downtown.