The Milford Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is a commercial district revitalization program dedicated to improving the economic viability, beauty and historic significance of the DDA District and by building an attractive environment in which people can shop, live and play.

We closely follow the nationally recognized model for downtown revitalization: The National Main Street Center, an arm of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. We do this by concentrating our efforts on public improvements through urban design and ordinance language, private developments, economic restructuring and business recruitment and retention.

Tax Dollars at Work

2020 Accomplishments

  1. COVID RELIEF ADMINISTRATION AND ORGANIZATION
    • Instituted communications campaign to all businesses in the District for PPE, PPP, SBA and Oakland County assistance
    • Developed ongoing updates on the website for curbside, carryout and online retail services
    • Instituted weekly updates with merchants via Zoom
    • Established Curbside graphics, signage and communications for shutdowns
    • Developed design, plans, ordinance and secured permissions for all outdoor dining during Covid closures
    • Worked with Oakland County to secure heaters, PPE, propane tanks, greenhouses and igloos to assist local restaurants during shut downs.
    • Assisted with Oakland County Grant administration
  2. Dining Platforms.
    • Designed and sourced new Dining Platforms to be used in the downtown area and developed a program for all restaurateurs to use.
    • Secured ordinance language and local permitting process to mobilize all outdoor dining
  3. Value engineering plans for 505 N. Main, a joint public/private partnership for a mixed-use building and public parking at Main and Commerce
  4. Wrote and secured a DNR Grant for a canoe launch in Central Park on behalf of the Village Parks and Recreation Commission
  5. Updated design improvements to  Main Street to update treebeds, trees and circulation for pedestrians.
  6. Updated plans for connecting the TRW Site to downtown to create pedestrian linkages to existing parking
  7. Public Relations and marketing campaign:
    Franco PR annual report here (update in January 2021)
    Issued monthly Downtown Newsletter
    Annual seasonal shopping campaign
  8. Negotiated site plans and architecture, including:
    Rea Building, Liberty Street
    Summit View Development, Summit & N. Milford Road
    505 N. Main
  9. 505 N Main, public/private partnership to create a mixed use commercial and residential development and 100 public parking spaces
  10. Public relations and marketing campaign for Meet Me in Milford, supported with media acquisitions, and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds
  11. Overhead Flowerpots, gardens and Right-of-Way enhancements and maintenance

Public Improvement Projects

  • Center Street Park
  • Main Street 1985
  • South Side Streetscape Enhancements
  • Riverview Park
  • Union Street Parking and Beautification Project
  • Mill Pond Pathway Project
  • Summit Street and North Milford Road Mill and Overlay Project
  • North Milford Road Reconstruction
  • GM/Milford Road Island
  • Liberty Street Improvements
  • Main Street ’02: Sidewalks and Road Improvements
  • Heritage Wheel Sculpture

Private Improvement Projects

(Site Plan Negotiations)

  • Huron Street Office Development
  • Milford Village Medical Center
  • Bondy Office Building on Main
  • Rite Aid Building
  • Mill Valley
  • Kroger Expansion
  •  Bondy, North Milford Road
  • Taco Bell
  •  McDonald’s
  • Hector & Jimmy’s
  • Commercial development north of Hector & Jimmy’s

Village Ordinance Revisions

  • Milford Corridor Plan Downtown Overlay District
  • Water and Sewer Fee Structure for Restaurants
  • Brownstone (townhouses in the downtown district) Language
  • Tax Increment Financing Plan
  • Sign Ordinance, downtown and allowing perpendicular signs
  • West Oakland Corridor Study
  • Parking fees/study

Other Projects

  • Downtown Market Analysis
  • Retail Consultation Seminars
  • Grant Writing
  • Volunteer Organization
  • Donations Fund Administration
  • Downtown Farmers’ Market
  • “Meet Me In Milford” logo/slogan development
  • Downtown Holiday Parking Program
  • Secured 2 DDA Liquor licenses
  • Downtown Pedestrian Signs
  • Downtown Walking Map
  • Maintenance of the DDA Projects through the District
  • Participated with the Road Commission in Oakland County regarding the proposed state trunkline linking 96 to 59
  • Set up a Resource Council for Main Street ’02 Project
  • DDA Website
  • “Meet Me In Milford” Window Stickers
  • Channel 7 Holiday Promotion Commercial
  • Main Street ’02 “there’s something in the air” slogan
  • Main Street ’02 Tool Kits
  • Main Street ’02 Shop and Dine Promotion
  • Main Street ’02 “Two Men and a Cart” Promotion
  • “Meet Me In Milford” Tissue Wrap Promotion
  • Milford Times Marketplace Ad
  • Milford Times Cooperative Advertising
  • Milford Calendar of Events
  • Main Street Sound System

Project

DOLLAR VALUE

Union Street
Private

$42,000.00

CDBG

$14,400.00

Historical Society

$4,400.00

TOTAL

$60,800.00

Mill Pond Pathway
ISTEA Grant

$100,000.00

Private Donations

$40,000.00

Pavillion Donations

$25,000.00

M. Manufactoring

$15,000.00

In Kind

$40,000.00

Heritage Wheel

$50,000.00

Walmart Grant

$15,000.00

Project

DOLLAR VALUE

Summit/NMR

$25.000 (in kind/ROW)

Commerce/NMR

$25,000.00 (in kind/ROW)

Streetlights

$150,000.00 (100 @ $1500 ea)

Southside 2011

$16,000.00

Milford Trail

$136,000.00

Center Street Gazebo

$4,000.00

Motley Lights

$40,000.00

Powerhouse*

$225,000.00

Flat Iron

$20,000.00

Milford Amp

$470,000.00

TOTAL TO DATE

$1,176,000.00

*Includes grants: The DDA administered this grant. We did not secure it.

Mission Statement

The Milford Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was established by Village ordinance in 1982 under Michigan Public Act 197.

The Milford Downtown Development Authority is a commercial district revitalization organization dedicated to improving the economic viability, beauty and historic significance of the DDA District.

Board of Directors

A thirteen member Board of Directors appointed by the Village Council, is chaired by Dale Feigley. Village President Jerry Aubry serves on the Board and nominates members. Board Members represent business and property owners, and residents of the community. The DDA Board meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Milford Civic Center, 1100 Atlantic Street, at 7:30 a.m. The meeting is open to the public.

Board PositionTitleName
Board MemberVillage Council PresidentJerry Aubry
ChairProperty OwnerDale Feigley
Vice chairGina's BridalTrevor Salaski
Board MemberProperty OwnerJeff Heyn
Board MemberThe Clothing CoveEric Horsely
Board MemberResident, Attorney at LawRichard Lippitt P.C.
Board MemberNichols FinancialEric Nichols
Board MemberUnilockTom Niebauer
Board MemberResidentAndrea Perry
Board MemberYour Nesting PlaceChristine Meredith Roy
Board MemberAmericusToni Vulaj
Board MemberProspect Hill & Village Commons EastMarc Weinbaum

Act 57 Reports

Each municipality that has created an authority or that creates an authority shall create a website or utilize the existing website of the municipality that is operated and regularly maintained with access to authority records and documents for the fiscal year beginning the effective date of this act, including all of the following:

(a) Minutes of all board meetings.

(b) Annual budget, including encumbered and unencumbered fund balances.

(c) Annual audits.

(d) Currently adopted development plan, if not included in a tax increment financing plan.

Included in the TIF Plan

(e) Currently adopted tax increment finance plan, if currently capturing tax increment revenues.

See1998 Plan with 2003 and 2015 Amendments

(f) Current authority staff contact information.

Ann Barnette, 1100 Atlantic Street, Milford
248-684-9719o
248-396-8424c
abarnette@villageofmilford.org

(g) A listing of current contracts with a description of those contracts and other documents related to management of the authority and services provided to the authority.

  1. Brien's Lawn Service, lawn and garden maintenance, annual  contract
  2. Garden Masters, garden maintenance, annual contract
  3. Landscape and Design Associates, overhead flower maintenance, annual contract
  4. AccuNet Web Services, website development and support, as-needed basis
  5. Franco Public Relations Group, public relations and marketing, Scope of Services, Annual Contract
  6. ASTI Environmental Group, environmental consulting, professional services, as-needed basis
  7. Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn, legal counsel for real estate and contract law
  8. Huron Valley Council for the Arts, Friday Night Live Concert Series

All other documents related to the DDA are available at the Village Civic Center at 1100 Atlantic Street, Milford, Michigan, 48381

(h) An updated annual synopsis of activities of the authority. An updated synopsis of the activities of the authority includes all of the following, if any:

(i) For any tax increment revenues described in the annual audit that are not expended within 5 years of their receipt, a description that provides the following:

N/A. All collected taxes have been expended within 5 years of collection

Documents & Records

(ii) List of authority accomplishments, including progress made on development plan and tax increment finance plan goals and objectives for the immediately preceding fiscal year.

Value engineering plans for 505 N. Main, a joint public/private partnership for a mixed-use building and public parking at Main and Commerce

Completed the Village Parks and Recreation Master Plan and Grantwriting for new canoe launch

Began redesigning Main Street to update treebeds, trees and circulation for pedestrians.

Began value engineering and design for connecting the TRW site to downtown via the Commerce road underpass

Public Relations and marketing campaign:

Franco PR annual report (update in January 2020)
Created new Downtown Newsletter
Annual seasonal shopping campaign


Negotiated site plans and architecture, including;

Summit View Development, Summit & N. Milford Road
505 N. Main

(iii) List of authority projects and investments, including active and completed projects for the immediately preceding fiscal year.

COVID RELIEF:  Support businesses for PPE, PPP, SBA, Oakland County Grants;  mobilize online support; establish curbside and carryout marketing; develop plans for outdoor dining and Platform Dining Decks; work with Oakland county to distribute grants, greenhouses, PPE, igloos, heaters, propane tanks

Public relations and marketing campaign for Meet Me in Milford, supported with media acquisitions, and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds

Overhead Flowerpots, gardens and Right-of-Way enhancements and maintenance

Design and engineering for Main Street '21 Updates

Pre-design and engineering of Commerce Road Improvements under the viaduct, with a connection to public parking

Developed and secured a grant for a canoe launch at Central Park

Negotiate site plans for new developments

Manage ongoing beautification projects such as Overhead Flowerpots, Heritage Wheel Garden, Treebeds, other ROW enhancements and maintenance programs

 

 

(iv) List of events and promotional campaigns for the immediately preceding fiscal year.

Sponsored, Co-sponsored or supported the following events:

  1. Summer Concert Series CANCELED
  2. Friday Night Live Concert Series CANCELED
  3. Christmas Open House Campaign
  4. Sidewalk Sales
  5. Milford Home Tour CANCELED
  6. Milford Memories CANCELED
  7. Seasonal holiday shopping campaign via social media
  8. Dinner's On Us seasonal promotional event CANCELED
  9. Currents Music Festival CANCELED
  10. Milford Farmer's Market
  11. Supported via social media and PR campaign the following:
      Shop Small Saturday with Oakland County
      Martin Luther King Day events
      Local merchant events and specials
      SHAC Arts Center events
      Milford Historical Society events
      Merchant Public relations for various holiday stories, such as Valentines, Halloween, St. Patty's Day, Easter, Christmas, etc.
  12. Ladies Night Out (2)
  13. The Big Reveal event CANCELED
  14. Milford Holiday Pop-up CANCELED

*CANCELATIONS DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS*

Annual Media Report

The Milford Downtown Development Authority contracts with the Detroit-based Franco marketing firm to help tell Milford's story. Franco helps with social media, press relations, marketing and event promotions. A solid partner of downtown Milford for over ten years, the firm has helped guide the discussion of Milford's greatest assets, including our historic downtown, Milford's position as the center of numerous parks and greenbelts, the Huron River Water Trail and a regionally-linked and popular Milford Trail bike path.