City of Fenton Downtown Development Authority

What is the DDA?

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was established in 1993 to correct and prevent deterioration in the business district, encourage historic preservation, and to authorize the creation and implementation of development plans in the district and use tax increment financing within the DDA district.

A thirteen-member Board of Directors governs the DDA and in turn the Board provides direction to the Executive Director, Michael Hart.

The theory was that investment in downtown would stimulate property value and the taxes on growth would be reinvested in the downtown. The DDA Executive Board of Directors are Chairman Craig Schmidt, and Vice-Chairman John Strayer. The Board is comprised of the Mayor Sue Osborn, merchants, property owners, and residents of the community.

The DDA has already invested approximately 7 million dollars in capital improvement projects and 1.8 million in property acquisition. We strive to implement the Downtown Master Plan & Design Guidelines that were adopted in March of 2007. This involves not reinventing the wheel, but moving it forward by creating synergy with the City Council, Planning Commission, developers and the public to continue our track record of completing successful projects within the DDA District.

Please Contact the Fenton Department of Economic Development. We'll help you get to know Downtown Fenton.

Department of Economic Development
301 South Leroy Street
Fenton, MI 48430

Michael Hart
Assistant City Manager/Economic Development Director

Call Us At (810) 629-2261