History of the Redford Township Downtown Development Authority

Redford Township is a vibrant community of almost 50,000 citizens located on the outskirts of Detroit, Michigan. The Redford Township Board, with the help of city officials and residents, works diligently to meet the needs of its population by facilitating projects and making improvements that benefit the whole township.

As part of that effort, the Redford Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was created through Act 197 of Public Acts of 1975 to be used as a “tool” by local communities in their efforts at downtown revitalization. The mission of the DDA is to nurture development and growth for businesses and residents. The DDA Board consists of the Township’s Chief Executive Officer and 8 community members — who come from a variety of backgrounds and bring unique perspectives to the continued development of Redford Township.

The Redford Township Downtown Development Authority has completed many development activities within the downtown area. One of these improvements was the transition of the former Redford District Library into the Redford Township Marquee, a community gathering and event space located near Township Hall. They also completed improvement to the Rose Garden park located on Beech Daly Rd. next to the Redford Jaycee Hall. These improvements included new columns, upgraded lighting, and new ornamental plants and trees.

Future proposed Downtown Development Authority projects include 5 Mile Rd. crosswalk improvements and pedestrian islands, as well as a non-motorized pathway located north of the downtown area. Additional project development and growth projects for Redford Township are always being pursued.

 

Our Members

  • Mike Dennis, DDA Director
  • John Buck
  • Heather Christie
  • Melinda Graczyk
  • John Keenan
  • Amanda McMermaid
  • Marti Swek
  • Eric Yerke

Meetings

The DDA Board meetings take place at Redford Township Hall on the first Wednesday of February, May, August, and November. Meetings are always open to the public. We are always open to input and feedback from residents and business owners. We welcome, and invite, input and feedback from residents and business owners. Please contact the Redford Township office at 313-387-2765 to confirm meeting dates, as they can be subject to change.

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