Downtown Development Authority

Mission Statement:
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is to be a leader in helping to fulfill the City of South Haven Municipal Plan; through planning, funding, and development of projects within the DDA District which promote, encourage and contribute to the overall economic growth and development of the community.

Created by Ordinance #632 – August 21, 1980 

Four (4) Year Term-Meets 1st Wednesday each month at noon at City Hall 

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) consists of nine members: the chief executive officer of the municipality (mayor or mayor-appointed council member); a majority of members with an interest in property located in the DDA District; and not less than one member is a resident of the district. The members are appointed by the mayor with City Council giving consent.

The nine-member board of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is charged with providing physical improvements within the district. The improvements are financed by tax increment financing “tax capture” within the district. DDA projects of high priority include general street repair and infrastructure improvements, public restroom improvements, parking expansion, bike trails, and streetscape improvements.

Capital improvement projects and investments: (Items listed in parentheses are goals and objectives found in the City of South Haven DDA Tax Increment Finance Plan)
FY2019-2020; $39,400; Dunkley Avenue Flood Plan Project; Total project cost: $54,400
FY 2019-20; $866,500; Center Street Improvements from Williams St to Michigan Ave; Total project cost: $4,441,544 (General Street Repair, Streetscape Improvements, Storm and Sanitary Sewer Improvements)
FY 2019-20; $197,000; Center Street Engineering (General Street Repair, Streetscape Improvements, Storm and Sanitary Sewer Improvements)
FY 2019-20; $200,000; Splash Pad (South Beach Building Project)
FY 2019-20; $15,000; Eagle Street Dumpster Enclosure (Streetscape Improvements)
FY 2018-19; $15,000; Edgewater Resources Services (Municipal Waterway Improvements)
FY 2018-19; $74,000; Huron Street Underground Electric (General Street Repair)
FY 2018-19; $120,000; Eagle Street to Water St Stairs (Streetscape Improvements)
FY 2018-19; $15,000; Eagle Street Landscape-Phase II (Streetscape Improvements)
FY 2018-19; $80,000; Street Repair - Huron, Center, & Broadway Streets (General Street Repair)
FY 2018-19; $183,086; Conger Street - Repair and parking spaces created (General Street Repair &  Improve Existing Parking)
FY 2018-19; $120,000; Center Street Engineering (General Street Repair, Streetscape Improvements, Storm and Sanitary Sewer Improvements)

The South Haven Downtown Development Authority has continued to expend funds within 5 years of their receipt. The DDA has expended funds on capital improvements projects as listed above. The major projects for the 2021- 22 year are the completion of the Restroom Renovations at Dyckman Park.

The DDA Board has discussed the following future projects: (timing of projects depend on funding availability)
Broadway Ave Streetscape and Lighting
Ice Rink improvements
Improvement of existing parking and construction of new parking

Past projects:
Parking expansions including Black River Park parking lot and Huron Street parking lot (2015)
Former Baars Printing building acquisition (to expand parking in Huron Street parking lot (2014)
Phoenix Street reconstruction and streetscape (2013)
Kal-Haven Trail and Dunkley improvements (2012)
Kalamazoo/Huron restrooms, parking lot, and rain garden (2010)
Quaker Street Parking Lot (2008)
Ice rink purchase (2003)
Street reconstruction projects including Williams St, Quaker St, Dunkley, Hogan's Alley, and Baseline Rd (various years)

DDA Minutes

DDA Budgets (Included in City Budget)
DDA Audits (included in City Audit)

DDA Contracts
Lease with the South Haven/Van Buren County Visitors Bureau - The lease agreement is for the use of approximately 527 Sq. Ft. of space in the rear of the building at 546 Phoenix St owned by the CVB. The space is used by ice rink customers for a warming room; to change into skates; and store shoes and other items. The DDA pays $527 annually. The lease is in renewal terms since November 1, 2012 and will end November 2021 due to the City's purchase of a portion of the building for the DDA to fund the restroom renovations.
South Haven Ice Rink Management - The DDA contract is with Spencer Hodgman for management of the South Haven Ice Rink. The contract is in an annual contract with a  five-year-renewal period beginning at the ice skating season in 2021.