Uptown Corridor Improvement Authority

Department in Charge of This Board

Economic Development

About the Board

The Uptown CIA works to revitalize the commercial and mixed used business corridors within its boundaries. It does this by:

  • Making permanent, one time improvements in their district
  • Hosting marketing and promotional activities
  • Providing a forum for discussions on investment and development projects.

This CIA includes the following business districts:

  • East Hills
  • East Fulton
  • Eastown
  • Wealthy Street

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Board Details

  • 9 members
  • One member is appointed as the Mayor's "Designee"
  • At least one member must live within a half a mile of the CIA
  • The majority of members must have ownership or business interest in property located in the CIA
  • There must be a member with a business interest from each business district in the CIA
  • Members are appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the City Commission on December 31

Annual Activity Synopsis

The Uptown CIA does not have tax increment revenues which have not been expended within 5 years of their receipt.  


 Budgets


Audits

The Uptown CIA is audited as part of the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

Residency Requirement

As long as one member within the board resides within half a mile of the CIA, there are no other residency requirements.


Term Limit

The term on this board is for 4 years. There is no term limit, so members can serve an unlimited number of terms.


Compensation

There is no compensation for members on this board.

Lynn Happel

Mayoral Appointment
Business or Property Owner Representative
Non-Resident
Term ends: 12/31/2021

Stephanie Johnson

Mayoral Appointment
Business or Property Owner Representative
Ward 2 Resident
Term ends: 12/31/2021

Nathaniel Moody

Mayoral Appointment
Mayor's Designee
Ward 3 Resident
Term ends: 12/31/2023

Matthew Smith

Mayoral Appointment
Business or Property Owner Representative
Non-Resident
Term ends: 12/31/2023

 Mark Stoddard

Mayoral Appointment
Resident
Ward 2 Resident
Term ends: 12/31/2021

Tamara Sytsma

Mayoral Appointment
Business or Property Owner Representative
Non-Resident
Term ends: 12/31/2023

Peter Vanderwier (Secretary)

Mayoral Appointment
Business or Property Owner Representative
Ward 3 Resident
Term ends: 12/31/2024

Vacancy

Mayoral Appointment
Business or Property Owner Representative
Term ends: 12/31/2024

Vacancy

Mayoral Appointment
Business or Property Owner Representative
Term ends: 12/31/2021

 

Exterior Upgrades

Are you a commercial business owner or property owner within the Uptown Corridor Improvement Authority (CIA) Boundary? If so, you may be eligible to apply for the Uptown CIA Facade Improvement Program.

This program gives financial reimbursement of up to $20,000 for upgrades or alterations to building exteriors.  Additionally, applicants may receive up to an additional $5,000 for design assistance, which can be used to hire an architect to provide design consultation.


Apply

Applications can be submitted by email to imiller@uptowngr.com or by mail to:

Uptown Corridor Improvement Authority
PO Box 6632
Grand Rapids, MI 49516


Contact

Questions about the program can be directed to

Ingrid Miller
Uptown Executive Director
imiller@uptowngr.com

Uptown Grand Rapids, Inc. (UGRI)

UGRI assists the Uptown CIA in the implementation of the Tax Increment Financing and Development Plans.

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Highland Group

Highland Group has been contracted by the Uptown CIA to develop a new website and provide ongoing maintenance.

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Dana Kroll - Social Media and Marketing Specialist

Dana Kroll manages the Uptown marketing efforts including all social media.

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Lions and Rabbits

Lions and Rabbits is working with the Uptown CIA on four public art installations.

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Revue Magazine

Revue Magazine provides monthly advertising in their magazine for Uptown.

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