means getting Main Street into top physical shape. Capitalizing on its best assets — such as historic buildings and pedestrian-oriented streets — is just part of the story.
An inviting atmosphere, created through attractive window displays, parking areas, building improvements, street furniture, signs, sidewalks, street lights, and landscaping, conveys a positive visual message about the commercial district and what it has to offer. Design activities also include instilling good maintenance practices in the commercial district, enhancing the physical appearance of the commercial district by appropriate rehabilitation of historic buildings, encouraging appropriate new construction, developing sensitive design management systems, and long-term planning.
Design Committee Projects this year included:
1. Mural project (temporary public art) - the MALT Mural, funded privately through Kickstarter
2. Preservation Workshop (an all day workshop what preservation means in the 21st Century)
3. Streetscape Beautification (enhancing our Village Center with flower plantings)
4. Desgin & Sustainability Guidelines - Through the Small Town Design Initiative - MSU