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City of Jackson Downtown Development  AuthoritySeptember 2016 / Newsletter 

The Dirty Bird to open to the public on
September 8, 2016
One of the most anticipated announcements this summer has been the opening date for the newest bar and full-service restaurant, The Dirty Bird, 140 W. Michigan Ave in downtown Jackson. On August 23rd The Dirty Bird announced its opening date to the public as Thursday, September 8th.
The Dirty Bird will feature 40 beers on tap, changing some in and out to reflect the flavors of the seasons and customer feedback. Along with beers customers can expect hand-breaded chicken wings and 14 various flavors among other great items.  

The Dirty Bird Hours
Monday- 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.  
Tuesday- 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday- 11 a.m. to midnight 
Thursday- 11 a.m. to midnight
Friday- 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. 
Saturday- 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Sunday- Closed

Welcome to downtown Jackson
North-Ply Contracting Company!
     North-Ply Contracting Co. was founded in 2015 by Charles Dunigan and Thomas Adams.  North-Ply is a Commercial and Industrial Roofing Company specializing in Low-Slope Roofing.  North-Ply wanted to start the company in downtown Jackson in order to better serve the businesses and industry in and around the City of Jackson.  A large reason they chose downtown was the opportunity to renovate a historic building and operate their business out of it.

Charlie Dunigan

Tom Adams

  Inside the office restored warehouse and an office to reflect its natural state, preserving many of its beautiful attributes. The wood paneling along the inside of the office is some of the original wood found inside the warehouse. Please welcome Charlie and co-founder Thomas to our downtown! And check out their gem of a building! 



  Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

  Thank you to everyone who made it down to the market and completed the questions presented by the Michigan Farmers Market Association, for the Rapid Market Assessment . The DDA will have this report available this month on the website.

Connect with the
Grand Rivers Farmers Market on 
Facebook !
Vendors at the Grand River Farmers Market 
Mum's for $5.00! provided by Prielipp Farms & Greenhouse
DDA Business Assistance  
Facade Loan Program

This program provides financial incentive for improvement of the exterior appearance of buildings within the DDA district. Financial assistance is in the form of a grant/zero interest loan combination, forgivable over a seven year period. Interested applicants should review the guidelines below and contact the DDA regarding the availability of funds. For further information on facade improvement, visit the National Parks Service's guide on appropriate storefront design here. Please contact the DDA at 517-788-4355 if you are interested in the Facade Loan Guidelines/Application.

September Calendar of Events
Click Here for links to the event schedule on our website!

The DDA has 3 advisory committees comprised of individuals in the community who have a passion for Downtown Jackson. The Promotions Committee, Economic Restructuring Committee, and Design Committee advise the DDA Board on issues and help make downtown a better place through their work.

We are currently looking to add members with an architectural background to the design committee. Read more about our design committee below. 

Design Committee

Works to get Main Street into top physical shape. Capitalizing on its best assets — such as historic buildings and pedestrian-oriented streets — is just part of the story. Learn More 

 Jackson Downtown
Development Authority
161 W. Michigan Ave
Jackson, Michigan 49201
Phone: (517) 788-4355


DDA Staff
Nathan Mack
Executive Director

Kaiti McDonough
Executive Assistant

DDA Board of Directors 
Steve Duke, Chairperson
Donna Blake-Simmons, Vice Chairperson
Jason Butterfield, Treasurer
Kathryn Snyder, Secretary
Bill Jors, Mayor
Jacqueline Austin, Director
Bart Hawley, Director
Wendy Clifton, Director
Charlie Dunigan, Director
Chris Gancsos, Director
Allan Hooper, Director

The mission  of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is to encourage historic preservation, to create and implement development plans, to promote economic growth, and to correct and prevent deterioration in the District.