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Downtown Development Authority

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was created in coordination with Ada Township, and has the authority and capability to develop, finance, own and operate a variety of public improvements and programs intended to improve and enhance the Village of Ada Township.

The DDA is governed by the DDA Board which is appointed by the Township Supervisor, with approval by the Township Board. A majority of the Board must be property owners or business owners in the DDA district.

For information about the Michigan Downtown Authority Act 197 of 1975, please click here.

DDA Board:

The Ada Township Downtown Development Board is comprised of the following members:

George Haga, Township Supervisor
Robert Kullgren, DDA Board Chairrman
Walter Vander Wulp, Ada Barber Shop
Ted Wright, DDA Resident Representative
Terry Bowersox, DDA Resident Representative
James Ippel, DDA District property owner
Devin Norman, Norman Family Dentistry
Bryan Harrison, Amway Corp.

DDA Board Application:

Please Click Here for a DDA Board application.

DDA Report:

Please Click Here to view the DDA report.

Ada Village Farmer's Market:

One of the programs implemented by the DDA is the very popular Ada Village Farmers' Market. The Market is open  from 11:00 am until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, starting June 9 and running through October 27, 2015, and is held in the parking lot of The Community Church, at 7239 Thornapple River Dr. If you are interested in becoming a vendor, or to view a list of existing vendors, please click here.

Development Plan and Tax Increment Financing Plan for the DDA District:

In Spring 2009, the Downtown Development Authority Board and the Ada Township Board adopted a “Development Plan and Tax Increment Financing Plan” for the DDA District. This plan identifies the public improvement projects which the DDA proposes to undertake in the future, and the means by which those projects could be financed. The primary source of financing proposes for these projects is referred to as "tax increment financing," or "TIF."

Under a TIF Plan, increases in property tax revenue from the incremental increase in taxable value of property within the DDA District that is over and above the 2008 base year taxable value that normally would be collected by Ada Township, the Kent District Library, Kent County and the Grand Rapids Community College is instead collected by the DDA, for a specified number of years, as provided in the Plan. All of these taxing entities continue to collect the property tax revenue based on the base year (2008) taxable value.

The TIF Plan anticipates that additional funding sources in addition to TIF revenue, including funding from other governmental agencies, grants and property owner donations, will be needed to complete all of the public improvements identified in the Plan.

Click on the following links to download PDF files of the DDA Plan:

The DDA Development Plan and Tax Increment Financing Plan
Exhibits to DDA Plan
Ada Village Design Charrette

Development Area Citizens Council:

Sarah Andro
Tom Bogerd
Jerry Bronkema
Barbara Myers
Shelli Rottschafer
Craig Rbybarczyk
Brian Schiffelbein
Bev Swanson


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