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

2019 Accomplishments

  1. Value engineering plans for 505 N. Main, a joint public/private partnership for a mixed-use building and public parking at Main and Commerce
  2. Completed the construction of the Dog Park
  3. Completed the Village Parks and Recreation Master Plan
  4. Began redesigning Main Street to update treebeds, trees and circulation for pedestrians.
  5. Began value engineering and design for connecting the TRW site to downtown via the Commerce road underpass
  6. Public Relations and marketing campaign:
    Franco PR annual report here (update in January 2020)
    Created new Downtown Newsletter
    Annual seasonal shopping campaign
  1. Updated downtown Sound System and microphone
  2. Negotiated site plans and architecture, including:
    Rea Building, Liberty Street
    Summit View Development, Summit & N. Milford Road
    505 N. Main
  3. 505 N Main, public/private partnership to create a mixed use commercial and residential development and 100 public parking spaces
  4. Public relations and marketing campaign for Meet Me in Milford, supported with media acquisitions, and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds
  5. Overhead Flowerpots, gardens and Right-of-Way enhancements and maintenance
  6. Pre-design of Main Street Update
  7. Pre-design and engineering of Commerce Road Improvements under the viaduct, with a connection to public parking
  8. Re-wrote the Parks and Recreation Master Plan
    Milford Dog Park

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 MemberResidentJennifer Evoe Kahl
Board MemberResident, Attorney at LawRichard Lippitt P.C.
Board MemberNichols FinancialEric Nichols
Board MemberUnilockTom Niebauer
Board MemberSuzanne Haskew Arts CenterAndrea 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 construction of the Dog Park

Completed the Village Parks and Recreation Master Plan

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

Updated downtown Sound System and Microphone


Negotiated site plans and architecture, including;

Rea Building, Liberty Street
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.

505 N Main, public/private partnership to create a mixed use commercial and residential development and 100 public parking spaces

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

Pre-design of Main Street Update

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

Re-wrote the Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Milford Dog Park

 

(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
  2. Friday Night Live Concert Series
  3. Christmas Open House Campaign
  4. Sidewalk Sales
  5. Milford Home Tour
  6. Milford Memories
  7. Seasonal holiday shopping campaign via social media
  8. Dinner's On Us seasonal promotional event
  9. Currents Music Festival
  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
  14. Milford Holiday Pop-up

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.