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City of Hamtramck Downtown Development Authority (DDA)

The City of Hamtramck Downtown Development Authority supports people, projects and partnerships that further the economic growth and stability of a thriving Hamtramck.  For more information on how the Board of Directors operates, see the DDA Bylaws.

The DDA consists of two subcommittees: 1) Economic Vitality & Design and 2) Organization and Promotion. For more information on these committees, see below.  If you are interested in getting involved in the DDA or one of its subcommittees, please contact  You can also fill out a Boards and Commissions application.

From the Code of Ordinances


The City Council hereby determines that it is necessary and in the best interest of the city to halt property value deterioration and increase property tax valuation where possible in the downtown business district and to eliminate the causes of deterioration and promote economic growth by establishing a downtown development authority pursuant to Public Act 197 of 1975, being MCLA §§ 125.1651 through 125.1680.

(Ord. 519, passed 5-23-2006)

Current Members

Ahmad Al-Hasan  – Chairperson (Nice Price)
Andrew Dow – Vice-Chairperson, Chair of the Economic Vitality and Design Committee (The Painted Lady)
Milo Madole – Treasurer (Shilman Silk Shop)
Andrew Kopietz – Secretary, Chair of the Organization and Promotion Committee (Good Done Daily)
John Grossi (Amicci’s Pizza)
Mark J. Hausner (Beignets)
Amr Alhalemi (Best Deal Furniture)
Dr. Shamiran Golani (Golani Dental Center)
Joan Bittner (Polish Art Center)
Anwar Hassan (Remas Restaurant)
Mayor Amer Ghalib (Ex Officio)

Contact Information

For general inquiries, please contact:
313-800-5233 ext. 818


2022 Meeting Schedule

The DDA Board of Directors meets the third Wednesday of each month at 6:05pm in the City Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall (3401 Evaline).

January 19, 2022 – Agenda
February 16, 2022 – Agenda
March 16, 2022 – Agenda
April 20, 2022 – Agenda
May 18, 2022 – Agenda Minutes
June 15, 2022 – Agenda Minutes
July 20, 2022 – Agenda Minutes
August 17, 2022 – Agenda Minutes
September 21, 2022 – Agenda
October 19, 2022
November 16, 2022
December 21, 2022

DDA Meeting Agendas (2021)

Agenda January 2021
Agenda February 2021
Agenda March 2021
Agenda April 2021
Agenda May 2021
Agenda June 2021
Agenda July 2021
Agenda August 2021
Agenda October 2021
Agenda November 2021
Agenda December 2021


Past DDA Meeting Minutes

Economic Vitality and Design Committee

The mission of the Economic Vitality and Design Committee is to promote, encourage, and facilitate the development of responsible and properly planned business growth within the community in order to expand and strengthen the local economy and improve the quality of life enjoyed by locals and visitors.

One main purpose of the committee is to oversee the Downtown Sign and Façade Improvement Grant Program. More information on this grant program can be found at Downtown Sign/Facade Improvement Grant 2022.

Organization and Promotion Committee

The mission is to ensure all stakeholders are working towards a shared vision while generating activity and fostering community pride to create a positive image of Hamtramck.  For meeting agendas and minutes, see below.


3401 Evaline St
Hamtramck, MI 48212

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