Downtown Development Authority


The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is governed by an 11-member board appointed by the Mayor and subject to the approval of City Council. Members are appointed to four-year terms. Members must reside, work or have ownership interest in property within the DDA District. The DDA promotes and facilitates plans that result in continued development, redevelopment, revitalization, and/or reuse of properties within the DDA district boundaries.

The Westland DDA was established in 1996 under Public Act 197 of the Public Acts of 1975 for the following purposes:

  • Attract new desirable commercial, office and entertainment development to the City.
  • Encourage opportunities for new development as a means of enhancing business activities and preventing deterioration.
  • Improve the community's commercial tax base.
  • Create new and expanded employment opportunities for the residents of the City.
  • Make the DDA district more attractive and convenient for both residents and businesses.

Area of District

The district includes all of Ford Rd. and the area of Wayne Rd. from Ford Rd. to Glenwood as shown on the DDA District Map.

Mission Statement

"The purpose of the Westland Downtown Development Authority is to bring about the redevelopment of the D.D.A. District by aggressively assisting existing business and recruiting new business opportunities. The Westland Downtown Development Authority will accomplish these objectives by providing business training, financing advice, design assistance, public relations and other support services.  The Westland Downtown Development Authority will act as a liaison between the business community and local government to represent the interest of the businesses in the District and create an environment for regional development. The development process will always keep in mind the needs of the businesses, residents and market demands by keeping an eye on the future"


  • Mayor William R. Wild

  • Robert Kelly, Chair
    Term expires: October 19, 2024
  • Ralph Cabildo
    Term expires: February 19, 2026
  • Vacant
    Term expires: January 7, 2023
  • Jason Freese
    Term expires: July 18, 2025
  • Sharon Scott
    Term expires: February 23, 2024
  • Aubrey Berman, City Liaison

  • Anita Murray
    Term expires: November 2, 2023
  • Jack Rea
    Term expires: October 1, 2023
  • Hassan Saab
    Term expires: September 17, 2026
  • Vacant
    Term expires: 
  • Vacant
    Term expires: May 17, 2025

Desired Skills

  • Business and Real Estate Development / Marketing Background
  • Banking / Finance Background
  • Tax / Finance Law Background
  • Architecture Background
  • Commercial Business Management Background

Diversity Breakdown

The information provided in the charts below and under each individual Board or Commission was self reported and the City does not warrant the accuracy of the information.

Age Breakdown
Ethnicity Breakdown
DDA Age BreakdownDDA Ethnicity Breakdown
Gender Breakdown
Geography Breakdown
DDA Gender BreakdownDDA Geography Breakdown

DDA Facade Improvement Program

Design changes that take place at commercial properties are a critical part of any successful revitalization strategy. Customers want to shop in an attractive and inviting environment, not in one that is poorly designed or maintained. Property owners want to generate adequate rents from their commercial properties while lessees want to have pride in their place of business.

Westland’s DDA wishes to maintain and improve quality of life for its citizens and business owners by fostering economically viable commercial districts. In order to reach this goal the Westland DDA has established a Façade Improvement Grant Program.

Accomplishments and Progress

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The DDA meets on the fourth Thursday of each month.
View the Boards and Commission Calendar for meeting information.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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