One aspect of the Portland Main Street program that is often overlooked is our ability to help business owners with building façade improvements. A question that I am often asked by building and business owners is, “What can the Main Street program do to help the look of my building?” The answer is always, “Quite a bit!” The Portland Main Street program and its district businesses have continuous access to state grants and services. The Portland Downtown Development Authority (DDA) also offers local matching grants for façade rehabilitation.
The Portland DDA/Main Street accepting applications for façade and sign matching grants periodically throughout the year. The facade grants are geared toward historic preservation and open to downtown building owners. Allotted in matching amounts up to $5,000 each, these grants help to further facilitate historic preservation in our community. Two such grants are available each year from the Portland DDA.
The Main Street downtown sign grant offers up to $1,000 dollars in matching funds and works to steer signage in the downtown toward designs that add to the historic aspect of the area. The DDA also offers one sign grant each year, up to $1,000 in matching funds, to any DDA district business. This is an application based program. Applications, and more information on these local programs, are available HERE.
Take a quick photo tour of downtown Portland below and experience everything our downtown has to offer!
Located at the confluence of the Looking Glass and Grand Rivers, downtown Portland is a unique destination that offers something for the entire family!
We have four dining establishments, a coffeehouse and bakery, ice cream shop, and two floral/gift shops! And that's just a small sampling of the many great businesses that we have in our downtown.
We also have nearly nine miles of finished river trails running directly through downtown Portland. Bring the bikes, the rollerblades, or just walk our trails and then cap off the day by visiting one of our fine restaurants or ice cream shop.
Located approximately half way between Lansing and Grand Rapids, downtown Portland is your perfect "day trip" getaway! Take a trip down I-96 and exit at Kent Street to find downtown Portland. Experience the laid back, small town charm that Portland has to offer!
Spend a day on the river of your choice! Some cities boast that "a river runs through" their city. Portland is the only Michigan Main Street community that gives you the choice of two!
Downtown Portland -- Let's Connect!
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The Portland Main Street program exists at the intersection of historic preservation and economic development. Our goal is to revitalize the downtown while protecting and enhancing the unique historic buildings. Our volunteers work to protect the sense of place and history that downtown Portland holds and build on that.
Portland Main Street/DDA Meetings:
Design Committee: 2nd Thursday
Organization Committee: 3rd Wednesday
Promotions Committee: 4th Tuesday
Economic Revitalization: 3rd Monday
DDA Board: 3rd Thursday
Stop in and find out what we're all about!
We welcome new members and visitors to all of our meetings. Call 517-647-5027 for more information.