What is this Main Street thing?

We have mentioned being the associate level of the Main Street program before – but you might not know what exactly that means.  Here are some facts for you…

Main Street is:

  • Focused on historic preservation and economic vitality for small downtowns like ours
  • About residents, business owners, organizations, and the village all working together
  • A proven program that will teach us all the right things to have a strong and successful downtown
  • A 5-year program that we will be applying to this fall
  • Just what we need to bring us together to create the downtown we want

Several community members have been attending various Main Street training activities over the spring and summer to get us ready to for the application process that will begin in the fall.

You will be hearing a lot more about this and what it will mean for us going through the application process and beyond.  Stay tuned for more information and opportunities to get involved!

New Benches!

If you have spent any time downtown lately, you will have noticed that there is a beautiful new set of benches in the triangle around the bandstand.  Several months ago, the Dundee DDA (Downtown Development Authority) was approached by Bobbi Carroll from the Dundee Area Rotary Club to see if there was a project we could work on together.

The DDA had previously been working on a phased plan to replace some broken benches and to add benches where there really should be some (like along the river walk).  The Rotary Club became aware of our plans and offered to supply the benches for the first phase!

Dick Sowa and Kurt Diver install the plaques to the new benches in the Downtown Triangle.

The Rotary graciously supplied the benches and arranged for their installation.  The new benches are quite comfortable and fit so much better with the aesthetic of historic downtown.  If you have not yet enjoyed the benches, please do come downtown and give them a try!  And be sure to thank a Rotary member!

You can learn more about the Dundee Area Rotary Club on their Facebook page.