As we work on the building inventory for our Main Street application, we are amassing a lot of historic photos of our beautiful downtown. We found a collection of photos from 1987… 30 years ago! We thought it would great to recreate these old photos and see the Then & Now comparison.
Talented photographer and Dundee resident Tim Zeipekis, answered our call to volunteers, asking for their expertise in completing tasks to get us closer to becoming the next Michigan Main Street City! Great job and thank you, Tim!
As we progress through our application process, we will be sharing more of the treasure that we uncover!
We have received info from the Village of Dundee about a great initiative that will surely have a dramatic impact on pedestrian safety and the walkability of our downtown. Very exciting!
The Village of Dundee has been working with SEMCOG ( South East Michigan Council of Governments) and MDOT (Michigan Department of Transportation) to attempt to address our traffic flow problems in several areas of the Village. Some of the areas being addressed are the US 23 and Tecumseh Street corridor, including the intersection of Ann Arbor Road, and many pedestrian crossing areas. SEMCOG’s initial response has been that the Village has many areas of concern that need to be addressed. One longstanding area of concern is the intersection of Main and Ypsilanti Streets. As we continue to gather traffic information, SEMCOG has recommended that we test a change of traffic flow at this location.
Because it is important that the test be conducted prior to Dundee Schools closing for Summer Break, starting this Friday April 21st the Village will be closing Ypsilanti Street at Main Street. Ypsilanti Street will remain open northbound from Van Nest Street and to vehicular traffic accessing businesses and the Municipal lot. During this test period traffic counters will be in designated areas to monitor the flow of traffic.
Dundee Police and Volunteers will be at specified locations as traffic monitors. The Police Department has been working closely with Dundee Schools and with Dundee Castings on alternate traffic routes. Dundee Township and the Village will be sending out an alert on CodeRed to residents to help advise them of this test closure. The Dundee Independent and the Monroe News have also assisted in sending out the information. Dundee Schools will be sending out a message to parents sometime this week. The change in this traffic flow, if successful, may help the Village and Dundee Schools in seeking a significant grant for Safe Routes to School. Please take time to review the attached map of the traffic flow change.
The Village would like to thank you for your cooperation and patience during this traffic flow test.
Any questions or feedback about this initiative should be directed to the Village Office.
On April 13, Jordan Reeves and Beth LaPensee (members of the Dundee Main Street steering committee) attended the Main Street Basics training in Milan, Michigan. Milan entered the program last year and was able to share a lot of insights into what it takes to get accepted into the program.
We were thrilled to be able to attend training so close to home! The next training, Main Street in Practice, is in Grand Haven on May 18.
Part of the Main Street application includes presenting a series of photos (up to 20) that capture the heart and soul of the downtown. These photos should capture all aspects… our assets as well as opportunities for improvement. We want to see the good, the bad, and the ugly!
We will have volunteers set up at events around town, like football games and the farmers market. If you are willing to talk to people about our downtown and have the sign their names in support, we have something for you.
Michigan Main Street staff will be visiting our community to learn more about us. They will be giving a community presentation focused on how the program will benefit different groups in our community, for example, residents and business owners.
We want an informational poster that can be hung around town. If you have a knack for design, let us know! We would love to have someone design a poster and flyers to help spread the word. If you can do the design, we can provide the info.
Members of the Heart of Dundee team will give an introduction to the Main Street program and why we think it is right for our community. This will be followed by a review of our progress so far and pairing volunteers with volunteer opportunities.