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DDA Members


Director - City Manager Dennis E. Champine

Salvatore Polombo
Clyde Jones
Vice Chairperson

Nicholas Chakur, Councilman

Robert Binson, Mayor

Russell Haney, Board Member

Marvin Sauger, Board Member

Jan Ornsten, Board Member

John Motyka, Board Member

Glen McCandliss, Board Member


Contact the DDA


Dennis E. Champine, DDA Director

 586-757-6800 or dchampine@centerline.gov

Downtown Development Authority

The City of Center Line Downtown Development Authority


What is a Downtown Development Authority (DDA)?


The DDA is a civic group focused on the betterment of businesses along Van Dyke Avenue and 10 Mile Road in Center Line. The Downtown Development Authority Act (Public Act 197 of 1975 of the State of Michigan) provides the legal mechanism for city officials to address the needs and encourage economic development within the City of Center Line business district.  This act seeks to attack problems of urban decline, strengthen existing areas, and encourage new private development in the downtown districts.  It seeks to accomplish this goal by providing communities with the necessary legal, monetary, and organizational tools to revitalize downtown districts, either through public-initiated projects or in concert with private development projects.  The manner in which the DDA chooses to make use of these tools does, of course, depend on the problems and opportunities facing each particular city and the development priorities sought by the city in the revitalization of its business district.

For more information on the Center Line DDA, call Dennis E. Champine, DDA Director at 586-757-6800 or email him at dchampine@centerline.gov.

New Gateway Signage Approved by DDA...






The City of Center Line Downtown Development Authority

Master Plan (Adopted November 2015)



City of Center Line Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors Approve New Façade/Exterior Improvement Grant program...

Center Line, Michigan - The City of Center Line DDA Board of Directors recently approved an expansion of their Façade Grant Program for businesses located in the DDA Development District.  According to the DDA Director, Dennis E. Champine, the new grant program will allow businesses to make improvement to almost any aspect of the exterior of their property.  "DDA business owners now can take advantage of DDA grant dollars by renovating, redevelopment, sign upgrades, parking lots and landscaping of their business property in general".  Champine pointed out that, "Our downtown businesses will have the opportunity to upgrade most any aspect of their property exterior and qualify for up to $10,000.00 in grant funds".  The "Façade/Exterior Improvement Grants" are available so long as funds are available.  In addition to this change in the grant program, businesses who install "green infrastructure" parking lots and/or landscaping bio-swales can qualify for up to $10,000.00 on that type of project.  Champine said, "If you are rebuilding a parking lot, a business can qualify for up to $5,000.00, however, if the business incorporates "green infrastructure" applications to a parking lot improvement or landscaping, they could qualify for up to $10,000.00".  "Green Infrastructure" has proven to reduce storm water impact on the underground storm water infrastructure, as storm water is diverted directly into the earth via a porous parking lot or landscape retention/bio-swale.

If your business is located in the Center Line Downtown Development District, then you can take advantage of this grant program by clicking on the application link below.  For more information, give Dennis E. Champine a call at 586-757-6800 or email him at dchampine@centerline.gov.

Check out these businesses who have already taken advantage of the Façade/Exterior Improvement Grant Program...



Rinke Chevrolet/Buick/GMC


26328 Van Dyke Avenue


26336 Van Dyke Avenue


Dairy Freezzz


Martin's Ham & Cornbeef