Route ’12 to Main Street….to ‘Saline Main Street?’ You can help!

The site visit conducted by the Michigan Main Street Center on January 17th went very well!  A group of 13 volunteers and City representatives gave up a better part of their day to join three members of the Michigan Main Street Center staff to review the application our community submitted to become a Select level Main Street community.  Once the application review was completed,  the group conducted a walking tour of our Downtown.  The Main Street representatives were in our community from 10 AM until 3 PM.

The next step on our ‘Route ’12 to Main Street’ campaign  is to create a 45 minute presentation to approximately 20 members of the Advisory Board and the Michigan Main Street Center. This presentation is scheduled  on February 8th at 2:30 pm in Lansing, Michigan.  Our presentation will give them a glimpse into life in Saline and share with them why we believe the Main Street program would be beneficial to our community.  It is the final step in the application process.

We are currently working on the presentation and want to include as much representation from our community as possible.  If you are interested in joining us, we will be happy to include you! Our next planning meeting is on Tuesday, January 31st at 7 pm at the Liberty Media Center.  Come and join in the fun and be a part of creating a community driven organization that will focus on preserving, protecting and enhancing the heart of our community!

What happens after the presentation?  The Advisory Committee will meet and determine if Saline is ready to move up from the Associate Level to the Select Level and officially become ‘Saline Main Street’.  If we are ‘Selected’, the announcement will be made by February 20, 2012 and the announcement party will be the week of March 5th in our community.  Let’s hope we’ll be celebrating soon!

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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.

Posted on January 26, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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