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.
a) Design Committee
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.
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.
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.