Downtown Development Authority Rebuild - Renew - Revitalize

PURPOSE:   To halt and eliminate property value deterioration, increase property tax values, and promote economic growth within this business district of the City.



  • 8-12 members appointed by Mayor
  • Not less than a majority of the members shall be persons having an interest within the downtown district.
TERM: 4 years


  • Quarterly (January, April, August, November) on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 8:00am at City Hall. 
Name Term Expires Positions
Marlene Spreitzer 06-19-17 Member-at-Large
Rickey Busler 06-19-17 Member-at-Large
*Michael Van Buren 06-19-18 Chair (Member-at-Large)
*Johnny John 06-19-18 Member-at-Large
*Yousif Jarbo 06-19-18 Member-at-Large
*Joseph Keys 06-19-19 Member-at-Large
*Ruth Charlebois 06-19-19 Member-at-Large
*Michael Sheppard 06-19-19 Member-at-Large
Keri Valmassei 06-19-20 Member-at-Large
Lenea Renshaw 06-19-20  Vice-Chair (Member-at-Large)
*Daniel Johnson 06-19-20 Member-at-Large 
Brian Hartwell 11-13-17 Mayor
Benjamin Myers 11-13-17 City Manager
Linda Williams   DDA Staff Liaison


CONTACT:  City Clerk's Office at (248) 583-0826

AGENDA:  Click Here for Meeting Calendar


In June 1997, the Madison Heights City Council created the Downtown Development Authority or "DDA". under the authority of Public Act 197 of the State of Michigan. The 13-member board is comprised of local business owners and property owners who have volunteered for the mission of revitalizing the John R and Eleven Mile Road Business District.

The Downtown Development Authority was established to correct and prevent stagnation and deterioration within the south end commercial business district.

The Authority established boundaries which include property abutting John R Road from Gardenia to Ten Mile Road and abutting Eleven Mile Road from I-75 to Lorenz. The properties are primarily zoned and used for commercial and industrial purposes. The Authority's main priorities include eliminating blight influences and undertaking projects that will encourage new businesses to locate, and existing businesses to remain in the area.

The DDA, with assistance from the Community Development Department, continues to assist business owners in improving their properties.  These improvements will serve the public purpose by enhancing the district and increasing property values.

The DDA's mission includes:

  1. Create visual appeal in the commercial and industrial frontage by enhancing building facades as well as street and landscape areas;
  2. Eliminate blight;
  3. Create employment opportunities;
  4. Build interest in existing businesses;
  5. Encourage new businesses to locate in the district;
  6. Develop a positive image of the district which will improve retail and commercial activity.

All DDA projects are paid for through growth of the tax base, and do not impact city services or local schools. Tax revenues for all taxing jurisdictions will also grow once vacant properties are occupied by new businesses that replace existing blighted ones.

The key to success in the district is a cooperative effort between businesses, property owners, local residents, and the City.  Support and patronize shops in the DDA.  IT'S GOOD BUSINESS!

Contact the Economic Development Coordinator, Linda Williams, at (248) 583-0831 or by e-mail for more information.


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