Downtown Development Authority


Beautiful Downtown Coldwater

Located on historic Heritage Route US-12, just west of I-69 and only twelve 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 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.  Both fitness enthusiast and historic preservationist will enjoy the self-guided 1, 3, and 5 mile Historic Walking Tour featuring the architectural gems of Downtown Coldwater and its neighborhoods.

 

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.

Under the guidance of the DDA, with assistance from the City's Neighborhood Services Department, the Committee will be comprised of three 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. This core group will review the STDI Master Design Concept and draft a five year improvement plan containing short and long term projects and activities and the identification of community partnerships necessary to accomplish them.  Based on the five 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).

Contacts

Keith D. Baker, AICP, CFM

Community Services Director / Asst City Manager

(517) 279-6911
kbaker@coldwater.org

 

DDA Board Members