Traverse City DDA is seeking input on the vision for the downtown district

ByShannon J. Cortes

Oct 31, 2022
“Looking really at the next 10-20 years, what are the priorities?” – Jean Derenzy

The Downtown Development Authority of Traverse City wants your input on how best to move the downtown district into the future.

The DDA is studying downtown’s priorities for the next 10 to 20 years and is seeking public input. So far, the feedback points them towards projects that consider the environment and sustainability. And they also want to focus on growing and retaining independent businesses.

But they want to hear more opinions. That’s why they’ll be holding a joint meeting with the City Commission this week, followed by two open houses to share ideas and gather feedback.

“We will present the priorities and the goals and objectives. And then be able to get feedback. Did we hear right? And how does this combine with both national trends and best practices? Jean Derenzy, CEO of the Downtown Development Authority.

“There are the priorities, the guiding principles, and then we’ll take that final report and get feedback from the community, the city commission, and the DDA board,” Derenzy says. “Those are really the strategies for moving forward proactively. Work on the service side for the DDA as well as the infrastructure side.

The DDA will meet in joint session with the Municipal Commission at the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center on the NMC campus. This meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m.

And then the DDA will hold open days on Thursday. These sessions will take place at 12:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Hotel Delamar.