25 Years of Downtown Development

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Decatur Downtown Development Authority Marks Milestone

Decatur Downtown Development Authority (DDA) celebrated its 25th anniversary in October 2007. The creation of the DDA board was one of the first priorities recommended by the Decatur Town Center Plan that was adopted as the Decatur City Commission in 1982. This plan, which is still used today, was developed as a community-wide effort to create a vision for the growth and redevelopment of the central business district.

The DDA board and its staff serve as advisors and advocates for downtown redevelopment projects that meet the guidelines of the Town Center Plan and work closely with the City Commission and the Decatur Business Association.

Here we are 25 years later celebrating the foresight of the Town Center Plan and the creation of the organization that charted the course for achieving the vibrant downtown we enjoy today. This 25-year journey is a story of strong public leadership, successful public-private partnerships, active citizen involvement, and a commitment to a long-term vision for the success of our city.

>DDA 25 Year Anniversary Report

The following projects highlight just a few of our downtown program achievements since the DDA was created.


1982-1986
  • Decatur Town Center Plan is published
  • Decatur Town Center One Office Building is constructed
  • Decatur Business Association is created
  • Mick's Restaurant opens downtown
  • Decatur Town Center Two is built
  • Concerts on the Square series begins
  • Decatur Beach Party begins
  • Shops of West Ponce Place are built

1987-1991
  • Decatur Holiday Inn and Conference Plaza opens
  • Ponce de Leon Plaza building is built
  • First Decatur Arts Festival is held
  • Decatur Business Association membership triples from 50 members to 150 members
  • Blue Sky Concert Series begins
  • First Decatur Focus newsletter is published
  • Eddie's Attic opens in downtown

1992-1997
  • The Food Business restaurant opens on the square
  • Decatur Library expansion is completed
  • By Hand South opens on the square
  • Seventeen Steps expands
  • MARTA bus to rail facility is completed, moving all buses off of Church Street
  • Community Bandstand is completed
  • Downtown Streetscape Master Plan is completed
  • Phase I of the Streetscape Program is completed with $600,000 grant
  • Decatur Business Association membership increases to 300
  • Successful Olympic Festival is held in downtown Decatur
  • Twain's Billiards and Tap opens in Decatur
  • Downtown restaurants increase by 30 percent
  • DDA purchases the old Revenue Building and sells to developer for Starbucks and the Final Touch Gift Shop

    1998-2002
    • DDA purchases MARTA parking lot to hold for future condominium development
    • Decatur receives $2 million TE-21 grant to fund Phase II and III of downtown streetscape project
    • West Court Square building is purchased and renovated and parking deck addition includes ground floor restaurant space
    • Commerce Plaza building is purchased and renovated
    • Town Square Condominiums are built, adding 105 residential units downtown and 13,000 square feet of retail space
    • Commerce Square Shopping Center is completed
    • Watershed opens on West Ponce de Leon Avenue
    • Decatur Ice House project adds 101 new apartment units downtown
    • Number of retail businesses increases by 27 percent
    • Downtown design guidelines are adopted
    • Decatur MARTA Mall master plan is completed
    • $2 million grant is received to fund Phase I and II of MARTA Mall master plan
    • First Union building is purchased and renovated and new apartment project with street-level retail is approved
    • Clairemont Condominium project begins
    • 70-unit condominium with street-level retail is approved adjacent to Wachovia Building

    2003-2007
    • Phase II and III of downtown streetscape project completed
    • Old Depot moved with help from the Decatur Preservation Alliance
    • The Cliff Shuttle begins operation between downtown Decatur and the Clifton Corridor
    • City receives $5 million grant from Atlanta Regional Commission to fund MARTA Plaza Redevelopment Project
    • New SunTrust building completed at Commerce Dr. and W. Ponce de Leon Ave.
    • Pre-sales begin for Decatur Renaissance condominiums
    • DDA purchases old DeKalb Physical Plant Maintenance building on E. Trinity Place to encourage assemblage
    • Construction begins on 335 Condominium Project and on the Renaissance Condominiums
    • MARTA Plaza Project kicks off
    • DDA sells the old DeKalb County PPM building and facilitates the sale of the Relax Inn, Dairy Queen and My Sisters Room for redevelopment
    • DDA secures tenant for the Old Depot
    • Artisan I completed
    • First AJC Decatur Book Festival held
    • MARTA Plaza Project completed
    • City received $1 million grant for Phase V of downtown streetscape project  

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