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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. 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 with the DDA as a volunteer, or one of its subcommittees, please contact

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)

Read more about the Hamtramck Downtown Development Authority: Hamtramck DDA Summary & Map


  1. The DDA meetings and subcommittee meetings are open to the public. Review the schedule below and attend a future DDA meeting.
  2. Make a pledge to donate to the Hamtramck DDA’s Michigan Main Street (MMS) Efforts. The Hamtramck DDA is officially working on becoming recognized as an Engaged Level Main Street Community.
  3. Visit the Hamtramck Downtown District & support local businesses.
  4. Volunteer for upcoming events, such as the Annual Merchant Meeting or the Labor Day Festival. Want to help with event set-up, or administrative support? Good at speaking to others and getting the word out about upcoming event? Contact us for more information.
  5. If you have a business in the DDA, send us three to four high-quality photos of you store or business, along with a short summary, and we may post a highlight on the Hamtramck DDA social media. Send photos and summary to

DDA Board Members

Mayor Amer Ghalib – Ex Officio

Milo Madole – Chair

Andrew Dow – Vice-Chair (The Painted Lady)

Hadwan Hadwan – Treasurer
Dr. Shamiran Golani – Secretary (Golani Dental Center)
Joan Bittner – (Polish Art Center)
Anwar Hassan – (Remas Restaurant)
Adam Alharbi – (Bab Alyemen Shopping Center)
Brian Hoekstra

Fares Alhalemi


Downtown Development Authority Bylaws
Boards and Commissions application

Beginning in September 2023, the DDA Board of Directors will be meeting on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:05pm on the third floor of City Hall (3401 Evaline). The meetings were previously on Thursdays. Meetings are open to the public.

2024 Meeting Schedule 

January 17, 2024 – Agenda

February 21, 2024 –

March 13, 2024 –

April 17, 2024 –

May 15, 2024 –

June 19, 2024 –

July 17, 2024 –

August 21, 2024 –

September 18, 2024 –

October 16, 2024 –

November 20. 2024 –

December 18, 2024 –

2023 Meeting Schedule
January 18, 2023- Agenda Minutes
February 16, 2023 – Agenda  Minutes
March 16, 2023 – Agenda Minutes
April 20, 2023 – Agenda Minutes
May 18, 2023 – Cancelled
June 15, 2023 – Agenda Minutes
July 20, 2023 – Agenda Minutes
August 17, 2023 – Agenda Minutes
September 20, 2023 – Agenda

September 20, 2023 – Minutes
October 18, 2023 – Agenda

October 18, 2023 – Minutes
November 15, 2023 – No Quorum
December 6, 2023 Minutes

2022 Meeting Schedule
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 – Cancelled
October 19, 2022 – Agenda Minutes
November 16, 2022 – Agenda Minutes
December 14, 2022 – Agenda Minutes

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. We are currently seeking grants to restart this program. 

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.



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


3401 Evaline St
Hamtramck, MI 48212

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