Welcome to Historic Downtown Imlay City!

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Welcome to Historic Downtown Imlay City!

Whether it is an abundance of things to do, or a pleasant smile and friendly atmosphere you desire, Imlay City’s Historic Downtown Depot District offers both. Nestled amongst the quiet tree-lined streets of Michigan’s Thumb Region, Downtown Imlay City provides locals and visitors a wealth of opportunity and possibility. With a great mix of businesses, outstanding service, and a pleasant environment, why go anywhere else? Please take a moment to visit our many shops, eateries and service establishments. We guarantee you will be greeted with a smile as you indulge in all Imlay City has to offer!

@ 150 Pop

The Imlay City DDA is excited to announce @ 150 Pop to be located at 150 Bancroft Street in downtown Imlay City.

The DDA has created an incubator at 150 Bancroft, a Downtown Development Authority owned building, and is offering entrepreneurs, artists or event organizers use of the space for limited time periods (up to 6 months) rent free.  A pop-up is a temporary use in an under-utilized space. Pop-ups allow an entrepreneur to test their business in a location for a month(s) instead of a year (or more) required by a lease. It creates the opportunity to make money, make adjustments, and prove to financiers and landlords that a business can succeed. Building owners within the District benefit from getting a prospective long-term tenant. 

The building is about 950 square feet with two entrances.  For more information regarding the building, please contact the DDA at 810-724-2135.

Currently, Castle in the Sky Bookstore has found a home @150 POP!  The bookstore offers new books for all ages.  Store hours are 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

For more information and an application, please click on the link found below.

@ 150 Pop Application

Agreement Between DDA and 150 Pop Tenant

A sample of the Agreement to be signed by both the DDA and the tenant of @ 150 Pop is found below.

License Agreement 150 Pop

Advertisement for Bids





The City of Imlay City is seeking sealed bids for Irrigation Service for Downtown Areas until 12:00 p.m., Friday, March 2, 2018.  Bids should be clearly marked “IRRIGATION SERVICE- DOWNTOWN” and submitted to the Office of the City Manager, ATT: Tom Youatt, 150 North Main Street, Imlay City, MI 48444. Bid forms and specifications may be obtained by calling Dana Walker, Downtown Development Authority Director, at (810) 724-2135, online at www.icdda.com, or at the City office,150 North Main Street. The City and DDA reserve the right to accept or reject any or all bids, to waive any irregularities and to accept the bid deemed to be in the best interest of the City.

Please click on the link below for Bid information.

Irrigation Service RFP

DDA Board of Directors

Serving on the Board of Directors is a rewarding and important responsibility.  The Board is a group of volunteer leaders responsible for the direction of the organization. The Board of Directors meets every second Monday of the month at 5:35 p.m. at the City office.  If you are interested in becoming a Board member for the DDA, please complete the application found below and return it to the DDA office, 150 North Main Street.

Application for Board or Commission

Farmers' Market *Now Accepting Vendor Applications*


Opening Day of the 2018 Imlay City Farmers’ Market is quickly approaching (May 17, 2018) and once again the Imlay City Downtown Development Authority (ICDDA) is looking forward to another amazing season.  While we work hard to organize and promote the Market, we know our success is truly dependent on enthusiastic vendors who offer a variety of quality products at a fair price throughout the season.   The market is currently looking for a variety of vendors, including but not limited to; fruit and vegetable growers, dairy, meat, eggs and other food vendors, crafters, vintage and antique dealers, artists, wineries, etc.

Market Season:              May 17, 2018 through October 18, 2018

Market Day & Time:      Thursdays 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Market Location:            The lawn space located at the corner of 3rd and Main Streets

Stall Fees:                         Daily Rate - $10 per day up to $120, then $5 per day

                                           Season Rate - Paid in full Before April 13, $80

                                                                    Paid in full After April 13, $90

2018 Application and Market Policies

2018 Vendor Application

Downtown Art in Action

In the summer of 2016 and 2017, the Imlay City Downtown Development Authority sponsored 'Downtown Art in Action'.  Local artists,  produced 24 pieces of large public art pieces in two months' time.
The artwork is displayed throughout downtown on the outside of buildings with 2 pieces located within City Hall, 150 N. Main Street, and the Ruth Hughes Library, 211 North Almont Avenue.
The artwork is meant to be enjoyed by all adding color and conversation to our downtown.
The DDA would like to thank Frontier Communications, the Imlay City Rotary Club and Lions Club, Vintech Industries, Lakestone Bank and Trust, Ian Kempf, Lapeer County FFA, JER Equipment Rentals, Tom Germayne and North Goodland Baptist Church for their help to make this program successful.  An annonymous donor also generously contributed to the project.
Enjoy your walk through downtown while experiencing the artwork.  For a description of each piece of art and a biography of the artists, please click here.

Buy Local

The Imlay City Downtown Development Authority and the Imlay City Area Chamber of Commerce are proud sponsor the ongoing Buy Local Campaign.

Why Buy Local?  Click here to discover the importance of buying local.
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