Welcome to Downtown Ionia! A great place to locate your business.
Linda Curtis is Director of the City of Ionia Downtown Development Authority.
In downtown Ionia you will find a variety of restaurants, shops, and businesses located in a historic setting. Take a moment to enjoy the picturesque atmosphere and the friendly, personal service our local businesses provide.
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
203 West Main Street
P.O. Box 496
Ionia, Michigan 48846
City Founding. Ionia was established in 1833, and the development of its downtown commercial district followed shortly after. The growth of the community continued with the establishment of a U.S. Land Office, two railroad lines, and numerous commercial, manufacturing, and agricultural businesses.
Downtown Ionia Today. Downtown Ionia retains much of its historical commercial architecture with many buildings dating back to the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Ionia County Courthouse (1886), City Hall (1908), Armory Community Center (1908), Post Office (1912), and Ionia Theatre (1931) all remain in use today.
DDA Establishment. The Ionia DDA was established in 1989 as specified in Public Act 197 of 1975. Funding for projects is directed to improving the downtown district area through economic development, business recruitment and retention, public improvements, downtown beautification, marketing and promotion, and special events.
The mission of the Ionia Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is to promote and control economic growth which enhances the quality of life through planning and implementation of activities and projects within the Development District.
Since its establishment, the DDA has been involved with these projects and many more:
Terms Expiring December 31, 2022
DDA Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes
The Ionia Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was originally organized in 1981. After a period of inactivity, the DDA reorganized in 1989. At this time, a Tax Increment Financing Plan (TIF) and a 2 mill tax were created to generate additional income for improvements. In addition, the boundaries of the DDA were greatly expanded beyond the original central business district. The mission of the Ionia DDA is to promote and control economic growth which enhances the quality of life through planning and implementation of activities and projects within the Development District.
Through the Mural Project, the community’s rich history will again come alive on the brick exterior of the majestic Ionia Theatre. The Ionia Theatre is located on the first block of the downtown. It was chosen as a site for the first mural to begin the story.
The DDA Board meets at 8:00 am on the third Wednesday of each month at Ionia City Hall, located at 114 N. Kidd St. The public is welcome to attend.
To be vibrant and competitive, Michigan communities must be ready for development. This involves planning for new investment and reinvestment, identifying assets and opportunities, and focusing limited resources. Certified Redevelopment Ready Communities® attract and retain businesses, offer superior customer service and have a streamlined development approval process making pertinent information available around-the clock for anyone to view. Source: RRC website.
This permit application must be filled out and returned 30 days prior to the event. However, this request does not approve street closures or approval for the parade, as that will be determined pending an administrative approval process following the application.
This annual event occurs in downtown Ionia. The DDA director and committee, plan the details to make each year of the festival the best it can be. From 'official characters' to activities, vendors, participants, to the showing of the original film at the historical Ionia theatre, each year grows with enthusiasm for this marvelous event.
Please visit our City Agendas, Minutes, Meeting Schedule page.
At the January 4, 2022, City Council meeting, a new Vertical Pole Banner Policy was approved. This policy regulates the use of City light poles for displaying vertical banners. A corresponding application has been created allowing non-profit organizations and governmental units to submit requests. The links to the policy and application are provided below.