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DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENTS
March 4, 2019



Public Meetings
  • DDA/DEGA Board, March18, April 15, 3pm City Hall Community Room
  • 2019 Construction & Projects, March 20, 4:45pm - 7pm, Anna Whitten Hall. City of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership, and several utility companies will review 2019 projects.


Downtown Projects
Beginning March 18, look for the latest updates on Downtown Projects including utility work, road closures, and construction updates.  Want to see something featured in our newsletter?

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What We're Up To

We are thrilled to re-launch a regular newsletter in 2019 under our new name, Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership! As many of you know, the last year has been pivotal for us as an organization. We want to take a moment to thank our partners in the community, and to highlight some significant achievements below, both for our organization and the Downtown community.

In 2018…

New Name. Our organization re-branded, changing our name to Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership.
New Authority. We worked in partnership with the City of Kalamazoo to create the new Downtown Economic Growth Authority, securing an estimated $66 million of investment for Downtown over 30 years, including $11 million in State funding.
New Leadership. We launched a new leadership network of Citizen Coalitions focused four areas of impact: People, Place, Experience, and Growth. Inaugural meetings were held
New Public Space. We coordinated community partners to activate Bates Alley with parklets, lights, and an incredible street mural by local artist Patrick Hershberger.
New Offices. We moved our offices to the ground floor at 162 E. Michigan Ave. to be more accessible and available to the Downtown community. Everyone is welcome to stop by!

Thank you to all of our partners at the City, local businesses, organizations and community leaders for your support in the last year – we consider all of the above a shared success.

Going forward , we are excited to keep everyone updated on our work, Downtown events, and how you can be involved. Keep an eye out for “Downtown Developments,” coming to your inbox twice a month!

Upcoming Events

Girlfriends Getaway
3/9/2019

Get away with your girlfriends for a fun-filled day of pampering, shopping and laughter! Experience the diverse activities and events that Downtown Kalamazoo has to offer. You can do all the things you love, you've always wanted to try, or you can choose to sit back, relax, and unwind — it's your choice!

https://www.girlfriendsgetawaykzoo.com/

Join us downtown Kalamazoo for the 19th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade Saturday, March 16, 2019. Step off at 11am on the Kalamazoo Mall, at Michigan Ave. More details here.Join us downtown Kalamazoo for the 19th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade Saturday, March 16, 2019. Step off at 11am on the Kalamazoo Mall, at Michigan Ave. More details here.

Business Highlights

We are excited to share features and tidbits about the many businesses that make Downtown Kalamazoo a favorite destinationin Southwest Michigan. From A drianne's Boutique to Z azios, downtown retail shops, restaurants, and theaters offer something for all. First up...

Adrianne's Boutique
Located at 245 S. Kalamazoo Mall. Store owner, Adrianne Merkling, decided to expand her mobile boutique business to downtown October 2017 and hasn't regretted one moment. The boutique carries women's clothing sizes XS - 3XL, and girls sizes up to 10, with a $50 or less price-point. And new this season...toddler clothing for girls!

Adrianne proudly supports local artisans, carrying clothing, jewelry, along with a variety of items from women-owned businesses. Follow Adrianne's Boutique on FaceBook@adriannesboutique or contact Adrianne directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Don't forget to check out the upcoming Girlfriends Getaway specials, March 9th!