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Esky DDA move makes sense

March 12, 2010
Daily Press

Sometimes change is a good thing.

It seems that moving Escanaba's Downtown Development Authority office from its current location on Ludington Street to city hall fits the bill.

DDA and city officials are pondering whether to move the office from the 1000 block of Ludington Street and brought the issue to the DDA board earlier this month. If the move is approved, the DDA would call a now vacant office in city hall home.

The reasoning behind the move appears to be sound. The DDA would save $9,100 annually by making the move. Savings would come from the cost of cleaning and other services and supplies necessary for maintaining the building.

According to DDA officials, if the move is made, the current DDA building and center court will be leased. That would give a business an excellent opportunity to locate in a prime location in the downtown area.

The public will win, too. According to DDA officials, annual events like the Christmas tree lighting will continue to be held at center court, even if the DDA does decide to move.

Everything about the proposed move just seems to make sense.

The DDA wants to know what the public thinks about this idea. A public forum has been scheduled for the next DDA authority meeting to collect input. The meeting is April 7 at 7:30 a.m. at city hall.

Comments can also be sent to the DDA office via e-mail at, by phone at 789-8696, Facebook, in writing, or in person at 1025 Ludington St.



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