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History
DDA BuildingFounding
Ionia, Michigan 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.

The railroads and various manufacturing, commercial, and agricultural businesses were also established in the area.

Downtown Ionia Today

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.

About the City of Ionia DDA
The City of Ionia Downtown Development Authority was established in 1989 and is dedicated to the promotion and improvement of the downtown district.

Since its establishment, the DDA has been involved with a number of projects including:
  • Acquisition and restoration of the historic Ionia Theatre
  • Development of "the Point" area along S. Steele St.
  • Facade improvement grant programs
  • Improvements to the Ionia Free Fair Grandstands
  • Street, sidewalk, and parking lot improvements including the installation of red bricks along Main Street
  • Water and sewer upgrades