The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was established by order of the Munising City Commission in 1988, with the purpose of revitalizing the city’s central business district. In 2000, the city commission expanded the boundaries of the DDA district. Since that time, the DDA has successfully completed a number of projects, including repaving the city’s main street, the installation of historically sensitive lighting, replacement of sidewalks, planting new trees along the main street, revitalizing Bay Shore Park, and the planning of social events which draw area residents and visitors to the downtown area.
The Munising DDA strives to make the downtown a vibrant space that will attract local residents, visitors, and boost commerce in the DDA district. The DDA is dedicated to enriching the lives of people living in Munising by supporting them through change and by enabling them to determine and develop their own communities.
The DDA seeks to correct and prevent deterioration in the downtown business district, to encourage historic preservation, and to promote the economic growth of the DDA district.
Current DDA projects include: continued façade grant incentive programs for DDA district businesses (over 25 grants have been awarded since 2006); creation of a downtown Pocket Park, which entails removal of a deteriorating building in order to turn it into a green space and centrally-located bus stop; purchasing new street signs, bicycle racks, benches, and waste receptacles; installing thematic way-finding signage; improving ATV & Snowmobile access to the downtown area; developing the historic building at the north corner of Elm Ave. and Superior St.; refitting street lights with environmentally-sensitive LED fixtures; removal of a large, vacant building on M-28 to entice prime redevelopment; and more.
129 E. Munising Ave
Munising, MI 49862