The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has made large strides in downtown Hastings to provide an enjoyable atmosphere for all the residents in and around Hastings, Michigan. New downtown events have been created, streets, sidewalks and municipal parking lots have been improved and constructed, storefronts have been restored and rehabilitated, streets and related underground utilities have been enhanced and modernized, new streetscapes have been designed and constructed including decorative lampposts, benches, refuse containers, ballards and banner poles, seasonal decorative banners are displayed, and brick accents have been placed along sidewalks and public and private parking facilities to complement the historic atmosphere of Hastings downtown. New events and improvements continue to be advanced.
We will continue to promote and pursue the development of an economically viable downtown that sustains a high quality appearance and design, is safe and attractive to property owners, merchants, renters, shoppers and visitors alike. Our areas of focus will continue to be on economic development that supports mixed use development, infrastructure improvement, architectural design and preservation, business retention, business recruitment, and downtown marketing and promotions.
The Downtown Development Authority Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month in the 2nd floor conference room at Hastings City Hall. The meetings begin at 8:00 a.m. and all members of the public are welcome to come and are encouraged to do so.
The Downtown District is composed of a historic downtown/central business district made up of approximately 4 x 5 blocks, on the Thornapple River and immediately adjacent to a contemporary regional shopping district which is 10 x 3 blocks long. The two districts compliment each other in that shoppers commonly frequent both business districts within the same visit. Each district benefits by being within the DDA district by development of complimentary streetscapes and marketing initiatives.
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA budgets annually for funds to be allocated to a downtown facade grant program. Approximately 40-50,000 is spent annually through the program. An applicant may receive up to a $5000 matching grant.