Downtown Development Authority

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What Is the Downtown Development Authority?
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA), in accordance with Act 57 of the Public Acts of Michigan of 2018, ensures the correction and prevention of deterioration in the 'downtown district' of Berkley, the encouragement of historic preservation, the creation and implementation of development plans in the downtown district and the promotion of economic growth.

Who We Are.
The DDA board of trustees consists of the Berkley City Manager and 12 directors. Four of the 12 directors are business or property owners on 12 Mile, four are business or property owners on Coolidge, and four are at large — meaning they have no direct business interest in the DDA District.

Area Board Member  Term Expires
Administration  Matt Baumgarten (Secretary)  City Manager - N/A
Twelve Mile  Donna Dirkse  July 2024
Coolidge  Jenna Hance  July 2025
At-Large  Scott Francis  July 2023
 Andrew Gilbert (Chairperson)
 July 2024
Twelve Mile  Christine Gross  July 2023
At-Large  Matteo Passalacqua  July 2024
At-Large  Ashley Poirier  July 2026
At-Large  Brian Zifkin  July 2023
Coolidge  Uli Laczkovich  July 2026 
Coolidge  Desiree Power-Dutcher  July 2025 
Twelve Mile  Vacant  
Twelve Mile   Vacant   
Coolidge  Vacant  

* 3 Vacant Position Opening * 

Council Liaison: Steve Baker
Executive Director: Mike McGuinness
DDA Contact Number: 248-658-3353

When Can You Attend a Meeting?
Meeting Time: 8:30 AM
Meeting Location: 2nd Floor Public Safety Conference Room, 2395 Twelve Mile Road

2024 Meeting Dates:

  • January 10
  • February 14
  • March 13
  • April 10
  • May 8
  • June 12
  • July 10
  • August 14
  • September 11
  • October 9
  • November 13
  • December 11

To view the enabling legislation surrounding the DDA, click here. To view the DDA's By-Laws, click here. To view DDA meeting agendas and minutes, click here


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