The Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan Downtown Development Authority was established on February 18th, 1980, pursuant to the State of Michigan’s Act 197 of the Public Acts of 1975. In creating the Authority, the city of Sault Ste. Marie recognized the dangers posed by a declining downtown area, and took the first steps in correcting them. The Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Development Authority is tasked with correcting and preventing deterioration in the downtown business district, encouraging historic preservation, implementing development plans for the future, and promoting overall economic growth.
The Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Development Authority is managed by a board of directors, which is required by Act 197 to be composed of not less than eight or more than twelve members approved by the City Commission. One board position must be held by the City Manager, one board position must be a held by a downtown resident, and the majority of board members must have an interest in property located in the downtown district.
The Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan Downtown Development Authority meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 8:00 am. Meetings are typically held in the City Commission Chambers, on the third floor of City Hall, 225 E. Portage Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
To learn more about the Downtown Development Authority
511 Ashmun Street, Ste. 103
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783