There are several projects and programs that are aimed at improving our downtown area. We are always looking for new ideas and for people to pitch in to make things better. If you have any ideas or would like to help, let us know in the comment or fill out our volunteer form!
Flower Basket Program – Each spring, we bring a little color to the downtown with our flower baskets. We are interested in expanding the program to add more baskets as well as ground-level planters. Volunteers with this program focus on keeping the flowers looking fresh and beautiful – planting, watering, pruning, etc.
Google Listing Workshops -Every day, people search for things nearby by conducting local searches. These are searches aimed at finding things near where they happen to be. This workshop series is focused on helping local business owners optimize their own listings for getting people through their doors.
Christmas in the Village – We have completed our 3-year plan, in conjunction with the Village, to refresh and expand our Christmas decorations throughout the downtown to create a warm and welcoming feeling throughout the holiday season. New ideas are always welcome.
Revitalization Effort – Because we believe that downtown is the heart of our community, we are investing in the creation of a comprehensive revitalization program. This program used the Four Point Approach® and includes Organization, Promotion, Economic Restructuring, and Design. We are seeking to become a member of the Michigan Main Street Program, which will provide us with all the tools and support needed to be successful. There is a lot to do to get accepted into the program and we have many volunteer opportunities. If this sounds interesting to you, let us know!
Benches & Bike Racks – We want people to spend more time downtown. Part of this is about making the downtown more comfortable. We are incrementally replacing old benches and adding new ones to encourage you to sit and stay a while. The first installment of new benches was in early 2016, thanks to the Dundee Rotary. We will also be adding bike racks around the downtown area.
Greenspace Project – We love our parks! In addition to adding benches, we are also planning a project that will create a new area for social gathering. We are in still the design phase which will add a public seating area near the Ypsilanti/Van Nest municipal parking lot.