Downtown Development Authority (DDA)


The DDA Office is in the Carnegie Center. 
The Carnegie Center is owned by the Village of Paw Paw. 
DDA Coordinator: Mary Holland-Springer
129 S. Kalamazoo Street, Paw Paw, MI 49079
Mailing Address: Post Office Box 179, Paw Paw, MI, 49079-0179
Telephone: 269.415.0060

The 13 member Downtown Development Authority (DDA), sponsored by the Village Council, has set its priorities and goals that are imperative to the revitalization of the Village of Paw Paw.

The retention and recruitment of new business is one of the top goals. The DDA provides financial incentives (grants and loans) to businesses and property owners for painting, facade improvements and  repairs to the their buildings.  These grants and loans are available to our existing business and property owners as well as new businesses and property owners.

The DDA will provide funds to beautify the Paw Paw shopping district along the M-40/Kalamazoo Street corridor leading to town from I-94. The DDA proposes and funds changes to the streetscape (planters, trees, accessories, sidewalks, parking areas, etc.) in Paw Paw. The DDA's efforts to stimulate business growth in the village are all part of the Authority's revitalization plan. These efforts have met with overwhelming support from the community and local organizations.

"The driving force behind the DDA is one of community togetherness. When everyone works together in the community, local businesses and organizations flourish and ensure the prosperity of the community for future generations."

Available Properties
Click here to view a list of available properties

Projects & Events
Click here to view our latest projects and events

Why Locate Your Family or Your Business in the Village?
Wondering why you might want to locate your family or your business in the Village of Paw Paw?  Wonder no more. Click here.

Shop Smart, Do Business Local
Learn about the advantages of buying, shopping and doing business local. Information for the local business and the local consumer. Click here

Rent the Carnegie Center
The Village of Paw Paw owns the Carnegie Center. The Downtown Development Authority operates the Carnegie Center for the Village. The Carnegie Center is home to the DDA and the Greater Paw Paw Area Chamber of Commerce. The Building has two areas which may be rented. The grounds may also be rented. To read about Renting the Carnegie Center, click Carnegie Center Policies and Rental Form.

Business Support Programs
The Village of Paw Paw Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was created to promote and enhance the commercial core of the community, to preserve the public investment in this area and to improve the viability of businesses within the DDA district. To encourage business and property owners to improve and maintain building facades and recognizing the public nature of the facades in the District, the DDA offers a variety of business support programs. Included are programs to assist in painting, repair and restoration, façade restoration, interior renovation, demolition, enhancement of owner/employee skills, development of new customer bases, and other programs. To read about the ways the DDA can support your business, click here.

DDA District Plan, By-Laws, Properties, Streets and Maps
For a copy of the Development Plan, click here.
For a copy of the Authorizing Ordinance and By-Laws,click here.
For a copy of the DDA Properties and Streets Lists, click here.
For a map of the DDA District, click here.
For a DDA district map with private and public properties indicated, click here.
For a Zoning Map of the Village, click here.

Board of Directors

Mary Lou Hartwell
John T. McNeil Attorney

215 Glenview Drive
Paw Paw, MI 49079
(March 2018)

  Roman Plaszczak
Village President

729 Mapleview
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Phone:  269-657-7298
(Council Term)
      Ellyn Jones
SeaLandAir Travel

513 E. Michigan Ave.
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Phone:  269-657-5529
(March 2018)
Steve Racette
Van Buren Delivery

125 E. Michigan Ave.
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Phone:  269-806-3446
(March 2018)
  Linda Tyria
Old National Bank Corp.

118 N Kalamazoo St.
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Phone:  269-655-1180
(March 2020) 
  Pat Lynch
Paw Paw Village Pharmacy

322 E. Michigan Avenue
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Phone:  269-657-6073
(March 2019)
Kimberly Otten
Bloomingdale Communications

P.O. Box 187
Bloomingdale, MI 49026
Phone:  269-521-7301
(March 2019) 
  Cindy Mount
Mercantile Bank of Michigan

900 E. Michigan Ave.
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Phone:  269-744-1052
(March 2020)
  Harold Schuitmaker
Schuitmaker, Cooper &

P.O. Box 250
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Phone:  269-657-3177
(March 2020)
Sid Shank
Tapper Towing

125 W. Michigan Ave.
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Phone:  269-657-4551
(March 2019)
  Barbara Carpenter
Golden Star Realty

107 S. Lagrave St.
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Phone:  269-657-4830
(March 2020)
  Susan Metzger
Laaksonen Law Offices PC

226 1/2 E. Michigan Ave.
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Phone: 269-655-1035
(March 2019)
Open Seat   Mary Springer
DDA Coordinator

129 S. Kalamazoo St.
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Phone:  269-415-0060

  Sarah Moyer-Cale
Village Manager

111 E. Michigan Ave.
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Phone:  269-657-3148