Michael Bass, a founding member of the Comstock Park Downtown Development Authority, has retired from the Board. Thirty years ago Bass helped form the Comstock Park Business Association and then helped establish the DDA Board.
“Thirty years ago…a group of individuals got together to improve the area,” said Bass at his last DDA meeting June 15. “We’ve done some amazing things…I think people appreciate what’s been done in Comstock Park.”
Bass has held several positions on the Board, and most recently he served as treasurer.
Bass is originally from Ohio where he attended Ohio State University. He moved to West Michigan in 1976 to go into the building business with a friend and is now vice-president of sales, broker, and manager of the Greenridge Realty office at 4250 East Beltline Ave. He managed the Greenridge office on West River Drive in Comstock Park until it was sold in 2013. Bass was also a member of the Tradewinds Credit Union Board of Directors until March 2016.
Bass said that while he owned property in Comstock Park when he joined the DDA, he no longer has that property, and that it’s time for new people on the Board.
“There’s a lot of turnover this last year and I think that’s good,” said Bass, referring to recent retirements of long time DDA members.