Thursday, August 12, 2021

Authority reappointment is approved

Jason Freese
Jason Freese, the co-owner of Norman's Market, has been reappointed to the Westland Downtown Development Authority (DDA).

Freese's reappointment was confirmed by the members of the Westland City Council during the Aug. 2 meeting. He will serve a four-year term that will expire July 18, 2025. 

Freese is a graduate of John Glenn High School and his father served on the original DDA board under Mayor Robert Thomas. During his first term on the DDA, Freese was an active participant in many sub-committees, including a steering committee which is currently developing a comprehensive strategic plan for economic development within the community. 

“As a small business owner, Freese brings first hand experience of the needs of the businesses within the DDA,” commented Mayor William R. Wild. “He is enthusiastic about making a different in the community and we are happy to have him continue to serve.”

The 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 that includes all of Ford Road and Wayne Road south of Ford Road to Glenwood. The DDA promotes and facilitates plans that result in continued development, redevelopment, revitalization and/or reuse of properties within the DDA district boundaries. Regularly scheduled board meetings take place at 8 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month at city hall, 36300 Warren Road and are open to the public.

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