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City Hall closed Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 1/20
Please be advised that City Hall will be closed Monday, January 20th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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2020 Sidewalk Replacement Project As Read Bid Results
To view the As-Read Bid Results for the 2020 Sidewalk Replacement Project, please click here.
Kingsley, Morton & Orchard Reconstruction Project Bid Results
The view the Kingsley, Morton & Orchard Reconstruction Project bid results, please click here.
Request for Proposal (RFP) Maids of the Mist Fountain Refurbishment
The City of St. Joseph is soliciting Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide interested contractors with sufficient information to submit proposals for consideration by the City of St. Joseph in connection with its needs for refurbishment of the Maids of the Mist fountain, located in Lake Bluff park.Read more ...
Request for Proposal (RFP) Howard Family Trail Bridge
The City of St. Joseph is soliciting Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide interested contractors with sufficient information to submit proposals for consideration by the City of St. Joseph in connection with its needs for bridge repairs on the Howard Family Trail Bridge.Read more ...
Christmas Tree Pick-Up
The City of St. Joseph will pick-up Christmas Trees from city residents from December 26, 2019 through January 24, 2020.Read more ...
Informational Packet regarding draft Sign Ordinance
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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. 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 Agenda's 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 Whitcom)
Number of parcels owned
by the City of St. Joseph: 10 parcels which includes 9 surface parking lots.
The City of St. Joseph Downtown Development Authority does not have a Development Plan. During 2018 and 2019, the City of St. Joseph undertook the creation a Downtown Vision Master Plan under the guidance of the Downtown Plan Steering Committee. It is anticipated this document will be adopted in early 2020.
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
2014 Downtown Sidewalk Amenities Policy. The 2014 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. They are dedicated to serving visitors, residents and local businesses.
They coordinate and organize over 60 events that take place within the City of St. Joseph which includes 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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