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Halloween Trick-or-Treat Events, October 29-31, 2021
Halloween trick or treat hours in the City of St. Joseph will be 6pm - 7:30pm on Halloween, Sunday, October 31, 2021.
In addition, there are two other opportunities for youngsters to trick or treat, leading up to Halloween!
St. Joseph Today and local businesses are sponsoring 2021 Halloween Downtown Trick or Treat from 4:30pm - 6pm on Friday, October 29, 2021, in downtown St. Joseph and in the Benton Harbor Arts District.
Join us for a little Halloween fun with our "Truck or Treat" event from 4pm - 6pm on Saturday, October 30, 2021, at the John & Dede Howard Ice Arena, 2414 Willa Dr. Fire trucks, police cars and excavators! Come see the trucks that get the jobs done. Local businesses will let you explore the vehicles while you trick or treat from truck to truck.
Job Opening: Ice Arena Operations — Seasonal Employment
The City of St. Joseph is now accepting applications for seasonal employment at the John & Dede Howard Ice Arena for the upcoming Fall/Winter season.Read more ...
City of St. Joseph General Contact Information, October 2021
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New website lets tourists visit St. Joseph from the comfort of their couches
ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (July 29, 2020) – The City of St. Joseph, in concert with The Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber and St. Joseph Today, recently announced the launch of a site that allows visitors to virtually stroll through downtown St. Joseph, facilitate shopping and check out what’s new along the bluff.Read more ...
For the most up to date information regarding the coronavirus, residents are encouraged to visit the Berrien County Health Department website at: http://berriencounty.org/1643/Coronavirus-Disease-COVID-19Read more ...
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Downtown Development Authority
The City of St. Joseph’s Downtown Development Authority was created on October 11, 1976 by the City Commission as authorized under the current Public Act 57 of 2018 by the state of Michigan which replaced the original Public Act 197 of 1975.
Community Development Director
Address: City Hall, 700 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085
Phone: (269) 983-1212
Fax: (269) 985-0347
Purpose of the Downtown Development Authority
The DDA can carry out tasks associated with the planning and improvement of the downtown area through a range of eligible public projects, including streetscape, landscaping or utilities along with assistance to developers in the improvement of real estate with the DDA boundaries.
Properties within the DDA boundaries are assessed a 1.977 mills per $1,000 taxable value for the 2020-21 fiscal year, with that levy being reduced to 1.9505 mills for the 2021-22 fiscal year due to a Headlee rollback. Money is spent on the following: 1) staff that keeps the sidewalks clean throughout the year; 2) seasonal decorations and plantings; 3) cardboard recycling containers; 4) special projects as needed; and 5) financial support of St. Joseph Today. As allowed support is given to other activities within the DDA boundaries.
Downtown Development Authority
The Downtown Development Authority Board (DDA) is made up of nine (9) members who are appointed by the City Commission to a four (4) year term, unless appointed to fill a vacant seat. In accordance with Michigan state law, the DDA Board shall consist of nine members under the following:
(a) The members shall be appointed for a term of four years and the appointments shall be staggered for two appointments each year;
(b) One Board member shall be the Mayor, as Chief Executive Officer, of the City of St. Joseph, however, the term of the Mayor shall expire upon resignation from or expiration of his/her position as Mayor;
(c) At least a majority of the members shall be persons having an interest in property located in the downtown district or officers, members, trustees, principals, or employees of a legal entity having in interest in property located in the downtown district; and
(d) At least one of the members shall be a resident of the downtown district if 100 or more persons reside within the district.
Current Members and Appointments
The City Clerk’s Office maintains the list of current members and the application for appointment to all City Boards and Commissions. All completed applications must be returned to the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 700 Broad Street for processing.
Beginning in 2019 the DDA Board regular meetings are generally scheduled for the first Thursday of each month beginning at 8:00 a.m. All meetings are open to the public and take place in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, 700 Broad Street. Public Act 57 of 2018 requires that the Downtown Development Authority hold two Informational Meetings during the calendar year.
Agenda packets, Informational Meeting Agendas and approved meeting minutes are posted on the website.
Downtown Development Authority Boundaries
Since the creation of the DDA in 1975 the boundaries of the district have been changed by City Ordinance twice. The last change took place in 2013.
Below is general information of the current 2013 boundaries:
Total land area: 41 acres
Number of parcels: 144 individual parcels
Number of dwelling units: 185 (including 136 units at the Whitcomb)
Number of parcels owned
by the City of St. Joseph: 10 parcels which includes 9 surface parking lots.
The Downtown Vision Master Plan adopted in early 2020, is available at the following link: 2020 Downtown Vision Master Plan . The Existing Conditions Analysis that supported development of the Plan is separately available here.
Tax Increment Revenues and Tax Increment Finance Plan
The City of St. Joseph Downtown Development Authority is not capturing any tax increment revenues as part of tax increment finance (TIF) district and does not have a Tax Increment Finance Plan.
Synopsis of events and promotional campaigns completed during the fiscal year
Annual Budget Information
Annual Fiscal Year Contracts
Annual Audit Information
The annual audit of the Downtown Development Authority is found under the City of St. Joseph annual audits.
Goals and Objectives
Miscellaneous Other Information and Documents
2020 Downtown Sidewalk Amenities Policy. The 2020 Downtown Sidewalk Amenities Policy was adopted in 2014 and allows businesses to temporarily place chairs and tables on the public sidewalk from April 1st through November 1st and advertising sandwich board signs year-round. The City Clerk’s Office is responsible for granting annual permission for placement of public tables and chairs or advertising sandwich boards on the public sidewalk.
2015 Downtown Area Parking Map. Within the DDA boundaries there are over 1,200 surface public parking spaces found on the street and in surface parking lots. In addition, there are several private lots. These lots are used by customers, residents, visitors and business owners. The 2015 Downtown Area Parking Map depicts the hourly limits of the different public parking options. Currently parking is free within the DDA boundaries.
The St. Joseph Public Safety Department is responsible for the enforcement of parking regulations.
2019 Business and Property Owner Information. The 2019 Business and Property Owner Information brochure provides general information regarding the Downtown Development Authority.
St. Joseph Today. St. Joseph Today is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1979. Its mission is to enhance the image and recognition of St. Joseph and its surrounding communities, promote business and tourism development and to augment the effort of local governmental units. It is dedicated to serving visitors, residents and local businesses.
It coordinates and organize more than 60 events that take place within the City of St. Joseph, including the weekly seasonal farmers market.
Agenda Packets and Minutes for the Downtown Development Authority prior to August 2013 can be viewed below:
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