Ionia DDA

Ionia DDA talks first-floor residential

Option could ‘incentivize’ second-floor redevelopment

As this city looks to increase housing options, the Ionia Downtown Development Authority Board has been discussing allowing first-floor residential units in the Central Business District. 

A subcommittee composed of three DDA board members who are downtown property owners — John Krueger, Margot Cook and subcommittee Chairman Paul Lentz — one property owner who is not a DDA board member — Heather Poland-Sizemore — and Ionia City Manager Precia Garland have been studying the matter. They briefed the DDA Wednesday morning on what they have learned so far.