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The Eaton Rapids DDA/Main Street has provided links to resources available to businesses from the Main Street Program, Small Business Administration, and the CDC. Click Here To View.

Meetings: 2nd Friday of every month at 7:00 a.m. in City Hall

DDA/Main Street Executive Director
Jason Smith
200 S. Main St., Eaton Rapids, MI 48827
517-663-8118 (Office)

DDA Board Members:
Chair: Don McNabb, TriTerra
Vice-Chair: Dr. William DeFrance, Eaton Rapids Public Schools
Dan Babbitt, Babbitt Properties, LLC
Dr. Kyle Booher, Eaton Rapids Eye Care
Michael Carducci, Homewreckers Construction
Dr. William Lindow, Eaton Rapids Family Dentistry
Paul Malewski, Mayor of Eaton Rapids
Mark McGee, Mark’s Place
Rachel Willey, All Star Realty

The Term of Office for the DDA are Four Year Terms.

Notice of Informational Meeting


Per PA57 of 2018, MCL 124.4910(4), Downtown Development Authorities are required to hold two informational meetings per year. This notice is being sent to the governing body of each taxing jurisdiction:

Informational Meeting of the

The 2019 – 2020 meetings will be held on:
Friday, October 11, 2019 – 7am
Friday, December 13, 2019 – 7am
Friday, January 10, 2020 – 7am
Friday, July 10, 2020 – 7am
Eaton Rapids City Hall
200 S. Main St
Eaton Rapids, MI 48827

This will be a meeting to Present information on the Tax Incremental Financing zone.

Questions – Call 517-663-8118 x8157

Retail and Resource Guide
Business Address Phone
Accounting & Taxes
Coplin Tax 131 S. Main St. 517-327-2800
Jeffrey L. Rochester, CPA PC 232 S. Main St. 517-663-5816
Vanators & Associates 119 N. Main St. 517-663-4204
Simplified Tax & Accounting Services 142 N. Main St. 517-441-4000
Automotive Repair & Sales
Advance Auto Parts 1015 S. Main St. 517-386-1113
Davis Brothers Auto Body 1120 S. Main St 517-663-2344
Lucky Dollar Auto Sales 808 S. Main St. 517-663-8750
NAPA Auto Parts 231 S. Main St. 517-663-8172
Rapids Oil Change 816 S. Main St. 517-663-3133
Wilder’s Automotive 110 Hall St. 517-663-3221
Banking and Investments
Eaton Rapids Federal Savings Bank 307 S. Main St. 517-663-1551
Edward Jones Investments 135 S. Main St. 517-663-6885
PNC Bank 101 S. Main St. 517-663-0400
Beer & Wine
Abie’s Bar 100 S. Main St. 517-663-9818
Darb’s Patio 148 S. Main St. 517-663-3272
Eaton Rapids Craft Co. 204 N. Main St. 517-441-9296
Family Fare 1411 S. Main St. 517-663-4870
Quality Dairy 118 N. Main St. 517-371-8923
Abie’s Bar 100 S. Main St. 517-663-9818
Biggby Coffee 1415 S. Main St 517-441-6096
Burger King 809 S. Main St. 517-663-8316
Darb’s Patio 148 S. Main St. 517-663-3272
Dollar General 900 S. Main St. 517-386-1010
Eaton Rapids Craft Co. 204 N. Main St. 517-441-9296
Family Fare 1411 S. Main St. 517-663-4870
Hungry Howie’s 916 S. Main St. 517-663-6200
Las Flores 203 S. Main St. 517-803-1799
Little Caesars Pizza 829 S. Main St. 517-663-4014
Mark’s Place 238 S. Main St. 517-441-9156
Milkster Nitrogen Creamery 1415 S. Main St 517-441-6096
Mr. M’s 101 W. Knight St. 517-663-4346
New China Buffet 1210 S. Main St. 517-663-5555
Quality Dairy 118 N. Main St. 517-371-8923
Subway 401 S. Main St. 517-663-3067
T&D Coney 209 S. Main St. 517-441-9027
Turtle Tom’s 142 S. Main St. 517-202-8671
Gas – Hyperlinks to Gas Buddy!
Admiral 919 S. Main St. 517-663-1280
Family Fare 1411 S. Main St. 517-663-4870
Speedway 1202 S. Main St. 517-663-1593
Quality Dairy 118 N. Main St. 517-371-8923
Eaton Rapids Area District Library 220 S. Main St. 517-663-0950
Eaton Rapids City Hall 200 S. Main St. 517-663-8118
United States Post Office 245 S. Main St. 800-275-8777
Welcome Center Hamlin Square 517-663-8118
Healthy Living
Athletico Physical Therapy 1415 S. Main St 517-781-4999
Club Fitness 125 N. Main St. 517-441-9017
Nutrition Zone 125 N. Main St. 517-410-5289
Weight Training Technology 119 S. Main St. 517-331-1190
Ackley-Peters-Haubert Insurance Service 125 S. Main St 517-663-2651
Seaks Insurance 219 S. Main St. 517-663-2051
Smith-Kitsmiller Insurance 240 S. Main St. 517-663-1456
Steve Bartshe – State Farm 234 S. Main St. 517-663-0600
Laundry Services
Quality Dairy 118 N. Main St. 517-371-8923
Legal Services
Nolan, Thomson, & Villas, PC 239 S. Main St. 517-663-3306
Media Services
Hoag and Sons 145 S. Main St. 517-349-0322
TotalLocal 117 E. Knight St. 517-663-2405
Family Fare 1411 S. Main St. 517-663-4870
Eaton Rapids Eye Care 136 S. Main St. 517-663-2020
Rottenbucher Pharmacy 122 S. Main St. 517-663-6811
GAR Museum 224 S. Main St.
Blue Star Memorial 316 S. Main St. 517-663-8118
GAR Island Park Hamlin Square 517-663-8118
Hall St. Park Hall St 517-663-8118
Howe Memorial Park 100 Howe Dr 517-663-8118
Mill Pointe Park Mill St. 517-663-8118
Mylo L. Stewart Park 212 S. Main St. 517-663-8118
ORC 114 Mill St 517-719-0287
Outdoor Amphitheatre 315 W. Knight St. 517-663-8118
Playground of Dreams 100 Howe Dr 517-663-8118
Rail’s End Skate Park 220 Cherry St. 517-663-8118
Scott Munn Riverwalk Hall St 517-663-8118
Pest Services
Wolverine Pest Services 802 S. Main St. 517-999-5008
Pet Care
Susan Drapek, CVM 215 S. Main St. 517-663-0428
Real Estate
Arrowhead Homes/Realty 109 S. Main St. 517-819-0779
Conner Realty Company 703 S. Main St 517-663-8185
Island City Realty, Inc. 219 S. Main St. 517-663-2041
Laura Delong Realty 131 S. Main St 517-663-2710
Ross & Associates Realtors, LLC 147 S. Main St. 517-663-4500
Teel Builders & Real Estate 109 E. Knight St. 517-663-2222
Ace Hardware 108 Elizabeth St. 517-663-5421
City Consignment 916 S. Main St 517-441-9250
Dollar General 900 S. Main St. 517-386-1010
Elegance Distributors 106 S. Main St. 517-663-8152
Family Dollar 114 S. Main St. 517-663-2002
Horner House Interiors 123 N. Main St 517-663-3225
Locker Room 134 S. Main St 517-663-1855
Mr. Dale’s Tradin’ Cards 156 S. Main St 517-663-6136
Old Mill Furniture Store 121 W. Hamlin 517-663-4802
Pettit Hardware 141 S. Main St 517-663-8422
Pocket Change Coin Shop 121 S. Main St 517-663-7701
Rite Aid 715 S. Main St. 517-663-8430
Rooster Hill Country Shop 120 W. Hamlin 517-230-1617
Rottenbucher Pharmacy 122 S. Main St. 517-663-6811
The Basket Case 217 S. Main St. 517-663-6100
The Cool Store – Hayward & Sons 116 W. Knight St. 517-862-9550
The Corona Smoke Shop 158 S. Main St. 517-441-9354
Woodcraft of Michigan 1118 S. Main St. 800-251-5195
Your Creative Escape 142 Hall St. 517-663-4397
Carrie’s Barber Shop 806 S. Main St. 517-240-2819
Envy Salon 101 N. Main St. 517-441-6160
Expressions by Mandie 104 S. Main St. 517-663-6880
Fahrenheit 145 S. Main St. 517-663-9003
It’s Your Hair 200 Mill St. 517-663-4649
Legacy Barber 111 E. Knight St. 517-441-9180
Linda’s Salon 115 E. Grand St 517-386-0737
Revive Salon & Day Spa 109 S. Main St. 517-441-9494
The Hair Care Shop 213 S. Main St. 517-663-4018
Trivium 400 S. Main St. 517-441-6101
Worship and Funeral Services
First Congregational Church 300 S. Main St. 517-663-3134
First United Methodist Church 600 S. Main St. 517-663-3524
Mills Funeral Home 518 S. Main St. 517-663-5331
Michigan Main Street Volunteer Sign-Up Form
Main Street Programming
Volunteer Handbook
Request for Proposal

There are no open requests at this time.

What is the Downtown Development Authority?

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is primarily a policy-making and decision-making entity that plans and manages the downtown area. The DDA is a corporate body recognized by State law and used as an important tool in downtown redevelopment. DDAs are a type of tax increment finance authority available to a city, village, or township.  Under tax increment financing, an authority captures a defined portion of the property tax revenues in a designated area.  Typically, a DDA captures the growth in tax revenue within a designated development area for use in financing a variety of public improvements in the area, often through the issuance of bonds.  The Michigan act says a municipality can create a DDA by resolution in order “to halt property value deterioration and increase property tax valuation where possible in its business district, to halt the causes of that deterioration, and to promote economic growth.” 

The DDA can utilize a variety of financing tools. Money created from the implementation of these tools can be used in a number of ways to bring about revitalization and economic development of the central business district. The DDA can work with volunteers from the local business association, citizens, the city and county to bring about the revitalization of the downtown area or depending on a set of criteria for qualification, a DDA may choose to initiate a Main Street Program.

The Eaton Rapids Downtown Development Authority shall exercise such powers and duties as provided and in accordance with the terms of Act 197 of the Public Acts 1975; including but not limited to the definition of a development area; the origination of a development plan; and, the implementation of a development program as provided in this act. For more information about the DDA, see state Act 197 of 1975 and Act 57 of 2018 as well as Chapter 8 ¼ and Chapter 19 ½ of the City Code.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please fill out the general application and submit it to the City Clerk.


DDA Contracts

DDA Contracts and Management Services
In compliance with Public Act 57 and the DDA’s desire to be transparent with the community, a listing of current contracts and management services provided to the DDA are available for public review at the City of Eaton Rapids office, 200 South Main Street, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827.

NIA Mid-Michigan/TMN Commercial Real Estate Contract – The DDA currently has an open contract with NIA Mid-Michigan/TMN Commercial to list, market, and facilitate the sale of Red Ribbon Hall, 314 S. Main Street, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. The contract is set to expire on April 30, 2021 or upon the sale of the property. 

NIA Mid-Michigan/TMN Commercial

Dave Robinson, Associate Broker

2149 Jolly Rd

Okemos, MI 48864



Building Code and Zoning Ordinance
Member Description

Minutes are available online after their approval by the DDA, which takes place at the subsequent meeting.

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Downtown Transformation Strategy
Market Data
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1. Wear at least three layers of loose fitting clothing. Layering provides better insulation. An inner layer of wool, silk or synthetic (polypropylene) to keep moisture away from the body. Thermal wear, wool, silk or polypropylene, inner layers of clothing that will hold more body heat than cotton. A middle layer of wool or synthetic to provide insulation even when wet. An outer wind and rain protection layer that allows some ventilation to prevent overheating.

2. Tight clothing reduces blood circulation. Warm blood needs to be circulated to the extremities. Insulated coat/jacket (water resistant if necessary)

3. Knit mask to cover face and mouth (if needed)

4. Hat that will cover your ears as well. A hat will help keep your whole body warmer. Hats reduce the amount of body heat that escapes from your head.

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