All the news that is news from the September DDA meeting Directors Report and beyond….

Downtown Business Updates

  • Pumachug, 1 S. Main, received their Certificate of Occupancy and opened to the public on Sept. 4 after a few days of soft opening
  • Vacation of the alley between Clawson Center Lofts (new townhome development) and NOAR Technologies, 303 E. 14 Mile, was approved by City Council. The alley space will be divided between both property owners.
  • Broadway Square (ACE Development) have completed the removal of the lease spaces on the north end of the ACE building and plan to begin work in the next few weeks on underground utilities
  • Downtown Charlie’s is opening for breakfast and lunch at 236 S. Main beginning Saturday, September 19. This was formerly the Fritatta location.
  • A permit has been approved for new signage on the façade of Tavern on the Main, 235 S. Main
  • Biland & Cashmere, 50 N. Main, has installed signage on the façade and plan to add a projecting sign
  • Site Plans were approved by the Planning Commission for 133 W. 14 Mile, former Fougnie Floral.
  • Site plans will be submitted today for the vacant parcel soon to be the extended parking area at Three Cats
  • Old Port, 278 E. 14 Mile, has added outdoor seating with two tables near the restaurant entrance
  • Sabbath Coffee Roasters, 24 E. 14 Mile, is now roasting beans and plans to open for sales in mid to late October
  • The Wiess Distilling Company project continues to move forward at 34 E. 14 Mile. The ground will begin to be prepped at the beginning of October to prepare for construction of the new building.

Alley update; City Manager Mike Smith has requested the DPW obtain updated quote to remove the concrete and also to address water drainage. He has contacted AT&T regarding removal of the utility pole as a safety concern. Once the ground surface and water drainage have been addressed the install of the DDA’s steel archway can be considered.

Marijuana update; It was suggested at the last meeting that a DDA sub-committee be formed. I’ve spoken with the City Planner and they will work with the City Attorney on a white paper so the committee has a baseline of information.

Zoning update; The Planning Commission reviewed the zoning language without objection. The City Planner is now creating a map identifying every parcel and its zoning to review with the DDA as the next step in the process to adopt the three zoning areas identified in the Downtown Master Plan

Documentary update; The Board Chair and Director were interviewed back in May for a documentary series for PBS on the impact of COVID-19 on small business. The first segment in the series aired in early August and the second in the series aired this month. Both were placed on our FB page.
Segment One:
Segment Two:

New Business
A request was sent to City Administration to consider a moratorium on food trucks in the DDA except as part of a special event. The intent was to support local businesses especially as our restaurants are struggling with COVID restrictions of 50% occupancy. This item was on the September 15 Council Agenda where Councilperson Kathy Phillips entered the motion. Councilperson Lou Samson abstained as his son owns a downtown business. The motion did not receive a support from Councilpersons Paula Milan or Sue Moffit so the motion died without a vote.

Main Street
The DDA applied for and received a grant from Flagstar Bank as part of a Main Street Oakland County. This is a placemaking grant for public art Silhouettes in the amount of $5,000 which is a matching grant.

Committee Updates:
With the DDA adoption of the TIF and Development Plan update. A request will be sent to Council to set a public meeting and notices will be posted and sent to the taxing authorities.

Design has a full plate with preparing new public art installations, new banners and landscaping maintenance

Business Development
No report

A Fall Harvest event is being considered for October using the same strolling format as the August Open Air Sidewalk Fair.