Downtown Development Authority

Meeting Times

4th Wednesday of every month at 8:00am

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Henry L. Brown Municipal Building
1 Grand Street
Coldwater, MI 49036
City Council Chambers
People Enjoying the Day in Downtown Coldwater


Under the guidance of the DDA, with assistance from the City's Neighborhood Services Department, the Committee will be comprised of 3 citizen members and representatives from the City Planning and Historic District Commissions. The Branch District Library, American Legion, Altrusa, and the Coldwater Garden Club have also been asked to designate a representative to serve on the Committee.

  • Michael J. Caywood
    Term: October, 2018 - September, 2022
  • John Rucker 
    Term: October, 2019 - September, 2023
  • Thomas Kramer, Mayor
    Term: November, 2011 - November, 2019
  • Jenny Rakocy
    Term: November, 2012 - September, 2021
  • Brad Rockey
    Term: March, 1991 - September, 2021
  • Julie Stratos
    Term May, 1997 - September, 2020
  • Jennifer Wingard
    Term: August, 2016 - September, 2023
  • Val Johnson
    Term: September, 2018 - September, 2022
  • Courtney Dirschell 
    Term:  August, 2019 - September, 2020

Term Length

Authority Member term length is 4 years.

Beautiful Downtown Coldwater

Located on historic Heritage Route US-12, just west of I-69 and only 12 miles from the Indiana border, Downtown Coldwater has the charm of a Victorian era city but with modern amenities such as a free Electric Vehicle Charging Station.

Our historic downtown storefronts with their unique architecture, welcome you in to browse (and hopefully purchase!) everything from specialty gifts and jewelry to quality furniture. Feeling hungry? Then enjoy a tasty meal at one of our many coffee shops, restaurants or pubs or share your picnic lunch with a friend in Four Corners Park.

City Seeks Development Partner

The City of Coldwater seeks a development partner for the rehabilitation of 10 S. Monroe Street, and the opening of a downtown restaurant or retail store. 

Submissions welcome until 

Small Town Design Initiative Moves Forward

The Coldwater Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is taking the next step towards revitalization of Four Corners Park with the formation of the Small Town Design Initiative (STDI) Project Steering Committee.
4 Corners Park Plan
This core group will review the STDI Master Design Concept and draft a 5 year improvement plan containing short and long term projects and activities and the identification of community partnerships necessary to accomplish them. Based on the 5 year improvement plan, a final Master Plan with project specific implementation and funding strategies will be created. At that time, additional partnership organizations and community members with a special interest in the park, or a specific project outlined in the Master Plan, will be invited to serve as subcommittee members.

The STDI is a program of Michigan State University's (MSU) Planning and Landscape Architecture Department which has worked with many small communities throughout Michigan who've utilized the design concepts provided by the STDI program to further their beatification and community revitalization efforts. The program was brought to Coldwater as a joint effort between the City of Coldwater and the Coldwater Downtown Development Authority (DDA).