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7/9/2014 12:01:00 AM
DDA hosting 'Community Update' July 16

The Harbor Springs Downtown Development Authority is hosting a "community update" Wednesday, July 16, to share plans for waterfront design, special funding options and potential Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) as well as general information about the DDA's vision and strategic plan.

The informational forum will also serve as the DDA's monthly meeting for July. Typically, DDA meetings are held at 8 a.m. on the first Thursday of each month.

"Because many people work and have commented that they cannot attend, we are holding an evening meeting on July 16," said DDA vice-chair, Kathie Breighner.

Breighner said that while the DDA has made great strides in the three years since it was reactivated, she stressed all progress has been done with "volunteer efforts and no funds."

"The DDA would like to have, at the minimum, a part-time director, as well as have funds for projects DDA's typically support like building facades or wayfinding. We are proceeding with two funding vehicles for later in 2014, Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and a small assessment of business property within the Central Business District," she noted.

The DDA's design committee has been working on preliminary designs for a re-design of the waterfront (see related article).

"Once funding is acquired for the final drawings and an estimated budget is in place, work will begin on finding funds for the project," Breighner said. "The first step in this will be the designs for the expanded Harbormaster building. Until we have notification from the appropriate agencies on the waterfront expansion, we won't proceed with detailed drawings and pricing on the waterfront plans."

The DDA has four active committees--design, promotions, administrative, and economic revitalization. Members of the community are welcome to join these committees.

Local and summer residents are strongly encouraged to attend the July 16 meeting, which will take place at 6 p.m. in City Hall's City Council Chambers.

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