Downtown Development Authority

Board Meeting Packet Contents

 

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1.            November 14, 2007 Board of Directors Meeting Agenda

2.            Minutes from October 10, 2007 Board Meeting

3.            Status Report

4.            DDA Financials

§         September 2007

§         October 2007 (not available at this time)

5.            DDA Meeting Schedule for November & December

6.            Committee meeting minutes

§         Design Committee

§         Organization Committee

§         Economic Restructuring Committee

§         Creating Cool Committee

7.            Hotstuff

8.            Website Usage Statistics

9.            Action Item

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGENDA

 

 

DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Wednesday, November 14, 2007, at 3:00 p.m.

Council Chambers, City Hall – Midland, Michigan

 

 

 

 

1.      Roll Call

 

2.      Approval of the minutes from the meeting of October 10, 2007

 

3.      Financial Reports from September 2007

 

4.      Reports

a)      Design Committee Report

b)      Horticulture Report

c)      Organization Committee Report

d)      Economic Restructuring Committee Report

e)      Creating Cool Promotions Committee Report

f)        Midland Downtown Business Association Report

 

5.      Public Comments

 

6.      Old Business

 

7.      New Business

 

Adjourn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE DOWNTOWN

DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2007

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

Denise Hufford read Roll Call.

 

PRESENT:     DDA MEMBERS – Bo Brines, Doug Chapman, Mike Hayes, Jack McCandless, Ranny Riecker, Jim Stamas, Claudia Wallin

 

ABSENT:       Jenny Anderson, Fr. Fleming, Paula Liveris, Jon Lynch, Sue Rabbage, Mark Ruhle

 

PRESENT:     STAFF – Denise Hufford, Stephanie Szostak, Keith Baker

 

PRESENT:     OTHERS – Rich Pomeroy

 

Wallin called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.

 

1.      Approval of past meeting minutes

Motion to approve the September 12, 2007 meeting minutes by McCandless. Seconded by Riecker. Approved unanimously.

 

2.      Reports

a)      Design Committee

Chapman showed the design for a downtown kiosk. Features include a business listing that is changeable. To be installed in spring 2008. 

 

Chapman reported that there is an action item to approve the façade loan request by Rich Pomeroy for the former Baringer’s Men Shop. Rich Pomeroy gave a brief overview of the project including an invitation to the board to come to the open house once construction is complete.

 

Chapman asked for approval of the action item:

 

The Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors hereby approves the Façade Loan in the amount of $15,000 for façade improvements at the building owned by Rich Pomeroy located at 129 E. Main Street, upon execution of a personal and business guarantee.

Seconded by Stamas. Approved unanimously.

 

Baker reported that the Redevelopment and Design study has given the board one more week to make any suggestions for changes. Email your changes to Baker or Hufford. Final report will be brought to the board at the November meeting for approval.

 

b)      Horticulture Report

Szostak reported that the annuals have been removed, baskets and pots put away for the winter, bulbs have been planted, soil drenching completed, and mums have been planted. Tree lights for corner trees will be installed by the October 18 Pumpkin Festival. Irrigation should be turned off next week, and the day lily division project will be worked on as time permits this fall.

 

Szostak will present the 2008 Annual design at the November meeting.

 

c)      Organization Committee

Baker reported that the search for an Executive Director for the DDA continues. Twelve applications have been received so far. The search remains open until October 19. Applicants must fill out a City of Midland job application form, available at www.midland-mi.org. The search committee will meet on October 29 to review applications.

 

Hufford will set up a budget committee meeting. All sub-committees should review their budgets for the coming year.

 

d)      Economic Restructuring Committee

Hayes reported 8 downtown vacancies for lease and one property for sale. New business called Tri-City Nutrition will offer 31 flavors of smoothies and other health foods sometime in November.

 

Hayes presented the new downtown business recruitment packet. Can be updated and used as a marketing tool for downtown.

 

e)      Creating Cool Committee

Wallin reported the new downtown website is up and running. A few minor glitches, but overall seems to be working well.

 

Wallin reported that the Google Headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan invited Midland to decorate one of their conference rooms. The DDA sent event posters along with a replica of the red wagon to promote the 100 Best Communities to Raise Young Children Award received this year. The Chamber of Commerce is coordinating this project. Hayes reported that this room has been named “The Midland Room.”

 

Wallin reported upcoming events including Mannequin Night (10/11), Pumpkin Festival (10/18), Santa Parade (11/17), Santa’s Arrival and Courthouse Lighting (11/27), and Breakfast with Santa (12/1). Tickets for Breakfast with Santa go on sale November 1st.

 

f)       Midland Downtown Business Association

Hufford reported that Mannequin Night is tomorrow night, October 11, from 6:30-8 pm and is a joint venture with Northwood University’s Fashion Department. Pumpkin Festival is Thursday, October 18 from 6-7:30 pm and features many fun pumpkin events.

 

Hufford reported that the DDA Board is invited to attend the Michigan Main Street Annual Review on Wednesday, October 31 from 11:30am – 1 pm at Ashman Court Hotel.

 

Public Comments

None.

 

Old Business

Strategic Planning will be held in January. Hufford will contact Board Members to find convenient dates.

 

New Business

None.

 

Adjourn

There was no further business to come before the Board. McCandless moved that the meeting be adjourned. Hayes seconded. Meeting adjourned at 3:22 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STATUS REPORT

November 14, 2007 DDA Board of Director’s Meeting

 

Reports

           

Design Committee

-          Bench update

Horticulture Report

-          Summer 2008 Horticulture Design

Organization Committee

-          Executive Director Search

Economic Restructuring Committee

-          Space available downtown

Creating Cool Promotions Committee

-          Breakfast with Santa

-          Downtown Dragons Sculpture Series

MDBA Report

-          Holly Jolly Days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DDA MEETING SCHEDULE

 

 

 

 

November 2007

November 13............ Economic Restructuring Committee................................... 3 p.m.

November 14............ DDA Board Meeting - Council Chambers.......................... 3 p.m.

November 15............ Michigan Main Street Conference...................................... all day

November 20............ Creating Cool Promotions Committee....................... 11:30 a.m.

November 27............ Design Committee................................................................ 3 p.m.


 

December 2007

December 5.............. Organization Committee....................................................... 3 p.m.

December 11............ Economic Restructuring Committee................................... 3 p.m.

December 12............ DDA Board Meeting - Council Chambers.......................... 3 p.m.

December 18............ Creating Cool Promotions Committee....................... 11:30 a.m.

December 18 (rescheduled from December 25)….Design Committee.............. 3 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*All DDA committee meetings are held at the DDA office at 300 Rodd Street, Suite 201 in Downtown Midland unless otherwise noted.

ACTION ITEM

The Midland Downtown Development Authority (DDA) selected Hamilton Anderson Associates of Detroit, Michigan to prepare a Downtown Redevelopment and Design Plan. The plan identifies new potential development opportunities and defines physical enhancement projects within the downtown. The plan includes a market study for downtown housing. The plan identifies opportunities for new housing within the downtown and methods for improving the pedestrian environment that connects the downtown to existing neighborhoods. 

 

The final plan, dated November, 2007 is now complete.  The DDA requests the adoption of this plan by the Downtown Development Authority Board.

 

The Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors hereby approves the adoption of the 2007 Hamilton Anderson Redevelopment and Design Study for the Downtown Development Authority.