Downtown Development Authority

Board Meeting Packet Contents

 

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1.            February 13, 2008 Board of Directors Meeting Agenda

2.            Minutes from January 9, 2008 Board Meeting

3.            Status Report

4.            DDA Financials – January, 2008

5.            DDA Meeting Schedule for February & March

6.            Committee meeting minutes

§  Creating Cool Committee

§  Design Committee Special Meeting

§  Design Committee Riverfront Meeting

§  Economic Restructuring Committee

§  Organization Committee

7.            Strategic Planning meeting minutes

8.            February Hotstuff

9.            January Website Usage Statistics

10.        Action Items

11.        Riverfront Proposal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGENDA

 

DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Wednesday, February 13, 2008, at 3:00 p.m.

Council Chambers, City Hall – Midland, Michigan

 

 

 

 

1.      Roll Call

 

2.      Approval of the minutes from the meeting of January 9, 2008

 

3.      Financial Reports from January 2008

 

4.      Reports

a)      Design Committee Report

b)      Organization Committee Report

c)      Economic Restructuring Committee Report

d)     Creating Cool Promotions Committee Report

e)      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, JANUARY 9, 2008

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

Denise Hufford read Roll Call.

 

PRESENT:    DDA MEMBERS – Bo Brines, Doug Chapman, Fr. Fleming, Mike Hayes, Jon Lynch, Jack McCandless, Sue Rabbage, Ranny Riecker, Mark Ruhle, Jim Stamas, Claudia Wallin

 

ABSENT:      Jenny Anderson, Paula Liveris

 

PRESENT:    STAFF – Denise Hufford, Keith Baker, Margaret Maday, Bradd Maki

 

PRESENT:    OTHERS – John Palen (Midland Issues)

 

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

 

1.      Approval of past meeting minutes

Motion to approve the December 12, 2007 meeting minutes by Hayes. Seconded by Fleming. Approved unanimously.

 

2.      Financial Reports for December 2007

Maday presented the December 2007 financial statement. Chapman asked about interest income. Maday responded that interest income is posted quarterly and will be on the next report. Motion to approve statements by Riecker. Seconded by Hayes. Approved unanimously.

 

3.      Reports

a)      Design Committee

None

 

b)     Organization Committee

Wallin reported that the Strategic Planning session will be held on January 30, 2008 from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Currie Clubhouse and we need a good showing from our DDA Board. Board and Committee members are invited to attend along with MDBA members. Also, please complete the SWOT analysis and return to Denise. Please RSVP to Denise if you plan to attend. Current RSVP – 7 Board, 4 Staff, 6 various committee members.

 

Baker reported that the search continues for an Executive Director. The job has been reposted, applications are available on the city website and the deadline to apply is February 1, 2008. Interviews will be scheduled in February. The interview committee hopes to have an announcement in March.

 

c)      Economic Restructuring Committee

Hayes reported 7 downtown vacancies for lease and one property for sale. Two retail spaces at 128 and 134 E. Main are both are available for lease. Personal Expressions is having a quitting business sale. There are some discussions underway for a retail leasee, but no final details at this point. The Midland Area Community Foundation is vacating their space, which has already been re-leased for office space.

 

Hayes reported some discussion in the Economic Restructuring meeting regarding the need for retail recruitment downtown. Downtown would also like to have downtown residential, which would require a grocery store. Committee discussed national chains or local stores to locate downtown.

 

Hayes reported that Willow is off to a great start. The second story renovation should be completed by spring.

 

d)     Creating Cool Committee

Wallin reported that the 2008 Summer Sculpture Series theme will be Summer of the Dragons. Artists are needed to create these creatures and the deadline to submit a proposal is January 31, 2008. Dragon sponsorships are now available. Please contact the DDA office for more information.

 

Riecker commented that a Chinese Cultural organization may want to be involved. Hufford will follow up with that partnership.

 

e)      Midland Downtown Business Association

Hufford reported that the MDBA have organized an indoor sales event to be held at Dow Diamond. The event will be titled “Deals at the Diamond” and will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2008. Center City businesses have been invited to participate along with other retails businesses in the area. About 25 retailers have reserved space. There will be prize drawings throughout the day.

 

Public Comments

Hayes would like to encourage citizens to visit the Chinese Warriors at the Midland Center for the Arts. It is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see two of the terra-cotta warriors along with 48 other relics. There is also a nice chance to support the Center at a kick off event on January 19th. The exhibit runs through the first 10 days of April.

 

Old Business

None.

 

New Business

None.

 

Adjourn

There was no further business to come before the Board. Riecker moved that the meeting be adjourned. Hayes seconded. Meeting adjourned at 3:15 p.m.

 

STATUS REPORT

February 13, 2008 DDA Board of Director’s Meeting

 

Reports

           

Design Committee

-          Riverfront Presentation, Neil Hershfield

Organization Committee

-       Executive Director Search, Keith Baker

-       Strategic Planning Session, Claudia Wallin

Economic Restructuring Committee

-          Space available downtown

Creating Cool Promotions Committee

-          Michigan Main Street Program, Claudia Wallin

-          Summer of the Dragons Sculpture Series – Sponsors Needed

MDBA Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DDA MEETING SCHEDULE

 

February 2008

February 12.............. Organization Committee (rescheduled)............................ 2 p.m.

February 12.............. Economic Restructuring Committee................................. 3 p.m.

February 13.............. DDA Board Meeting - Council Chambers........................ 3 p.m.

February 19.............. Creating Cool Promotions Committee....................... 11:30 a.m.

February 26.............. Design Committee................................................................ 3 p.m.

 

March 2008

March 5.................... Organization Committee..................................................... 3 p.m.

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

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

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

March 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

Riverfront Proposal from Hamilton Anderson Associates to continue the riverfront park project identified in the recently completed Downtown Midland Redevelopment and Design Study (October 2007). The purpose of the programming phase of this project is to refine the riverfront park concepts presented in the redevelopment plan, assist the riverfront organization's current and potential programming for the park, suggest appropriate phasing for the construction of the park, and estimate a magnitude of costs for all phases of the park's development. The cost of this service is $19,600.

 

The Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors hereby approves the Riverfront Proposal from Hamilton Anderson Associates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACTION ITEM

The Midland Downtown Development Authority has decided to withdraw membership in the Michigan Main Street Program. If approved, this resolution will go to the Midland City Council for final approval.

 

The Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors hereby approves withdrawing from the Michigan Main Street Program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACTION ITEM

Zoning Petition No. 548, initiated by Wilcox Professional Services on behalf of Thomas and Lorna Fryer and David and Kathleen Jackson for property located at 102, 104, 110 and 114 West Buttles Street from Office Service to Downtown. 

 

The Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors hereby approves this zoning request.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACTION ITEM

Zoning Text Amendment No. 146A, initiated by Wilcox Professional Services, to consider the maximum height of the principal structure change from 28 feet to none in the Downtown zoning district in the City of Midland Zoning Ordinance.

 

The Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors hereby approves this zoning request.