Next Steps for Main Street

We hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday season.  We certainly did!  It was nice to take a much-needed break after the many hours and volunteers it took to pull the Main Street application together and get it submitted by the December 2nd deadline.  The binder was thick, 2.5 inches and many pages were letters of support from members of our community.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts…it is a great start!  We will continue to be visible in the community, hold block parties in the neighborhoods (would you like to host one for us?) do presentations around town and anything else we can to educate and inform everyone about the importance of a strong downtown organization!

We heard great news!!  The Michigan Main Street Center staff will be conducting a site visit on January 17th from 10 AM until approximately 2 PM.  They will meet with many of the volunteers that helped put the application together including representatives from the City and other organizations.  They will talk with us about our application and then do a walking tour of Downtown Saline (weather permitting).  We are excited to show them around!  Help us give them a warm welcome.  If you happen to be downtown during that time and see us walking around, don’t be afraid to welcome them and tell them how you feel about Saline’s efforts to become a Main Street community.

If we make it through the site visit, and they like what they see, we will be invited to do a presentation in front of the Selection Committee in Lansing. We will be competing against up to six communities throughout Michigan.  The Selection committee will choose up to 3 qualifying communities.

If you are interested in helping out with developing the presentation, we will be meeting on January 17th at 6 PM at the Saline Area Chamber offices.  The purpose of the presentation is to show the Michigan Main Street Center Selection committee why we believe we need the Main Street program.  (www.michiganmainstreetcenter.com, http://www.preservationnation.org/mainstreet)   This is exciting times for our community!

We would like to welcome a new volunteer to our organization!  Laurie Dawson will be serving on the Promotions Team and just recently helped us create a window display of all of our supporters and volunteers to date.  Check it out at the T & M building on North Ann Arbor Street, just north of the parking lot behind Oxygen Plus.

Happy New Year from all of us at Route ’12 to Main Street!

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About Route '12 to Main Street

Route '12 to Main Street is sponsored by the Saline Historic Downtown Alliance (SHDA), a new non-profit entity focused on the revitalization of Downtown Saline for the benefit of the entire community. SHDA, with the support of the City of Saline and the EDC, is applying to become a Main Street community through the Michigan Main Street Center. It is a competitive process and over the next seven months, volunteers are working hard to prepare for the application process by educating the community, recruiting volunteers and gaining support. Benefits to become a 'Selected' Main Street community through the Michigan Main Street Center program are 5 years of technical training, design services, and increased public awareness for our community. Benefits of having a comprehensive Downtown revitalization strategy are even more, and we will be talking about these advantages in upcoming blogs.

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