Downtown Development Authority (DDA)

The Sparta DDA is dedicated to commercial district revitalization and improving the economic viability, beauty and historic significance of the DDA District.

What is the DDA District?

The DDA District is a group of parcels that are connected by a right-of-way. The DDA District Map (download below) shows ho specific commercial parcels were included in the DDA District for development and improvement projects throughout the commercial districts in the Village.

Although commercial properties now exist outside the DDA District, they are not part of the DDA District. Most commercial properties outside the DDA are new growth and developments that have occurred after the formation of the DDA District .

The Village of Sparta Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was established by Village ordinance in 1992 under Michigan Public Act 197.

How is the DDA Funded?

The DDA district is funded by Tax Increment Financing. Properties that are within the DDA District and have increased in property value since the creation of the district are collected by the Downtown Development Authority.

Those incremental tax dollars from the increased property values are re-invested in downtown to stimulate growth and higher property values in other parcels. The property values from each property when the district was created still are collected by the funding authorities.

DDA board members volunteer their time to make educated decisions as stewards of the DDA District TIF dollars. DDA Board members are appointed to their positions by the Village President and approved by Village Council. Each DDA Board member must have a vested interest in the DDA District or a vested interest in the Sparta Area.

DDA Board and Meeting Information

DDA Board Members
Kristi Dougan (Village President)
Jim Bosserd
Ferd Benham
Kirk Jacobsen
Tom Cheslek
Joe Paiz
Mike Lamb
Phil Potter
Gordie Nickels
George Freeland

The Village of Sparta DDA regularly meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:45 a.m. in the meeting room of Sparta Township Hall, located at 160 E. Division. The public is encouraged to attend.

Facade Grant Information

The Sparta DDA created the Downtown Reinvestment Grant Program to encourage private investment in the business district. If you are interested in applying for a grant for work to be done to your building located in the DDA district please click the link below for the program information. 

2016 DDA Board Meeting Minutes

Downtown Development Authority Contact Information

Downtown Development Authority Director: Elizabeth Morse

156 E. Division St.
Sparta, MI 49345

Phone:(616) 887-2454
Fax:(616) 887-1114
Email:Elizabeth Morse