Designing Our Home
The DDA Design Committee is the steward of our downtown, helping to make signs, buildings and public space come together into an inviting environment for all to enjoy! Current projects include Façade Grant & Sign Incentive Programs, Annual Historic Preservation Awards, and educational workshops for building owners within the district.
An Eventful Place
The DDA Promotion committee helps bring downtown to life with events that activate the street, introduce guests to our charming shops and amazing food, and creates an atmosphere where memories are made. Current projects include I-96 Billboard ad campaign, and creating Restaurant Week in downtown Howell.
Business is Our Main Event
The DDA Business Development Committee is here to help you start a new business, grow your current business, or assist in selecting an investment that will help you to grow with us! Current projects include Business Friendly Howell, ribbon cutting ceremonies for new businesses and an active business recruitment campaign with a goal of being at 100% occupancy by the end of the fiscal year.
Sharing Our Story
The DDA Outreach Committee is here to help keep you informed, share the exciting progress we have made, and to help foster support for the organization and our vision. Current projects include volunteer recruitment, 100 Friends of Downtown Howell, and the upcoming Volunteer Appreciation Event scheduled for April 29th!
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The Design Committee of the Howell Main Street DDA is currently seeking nominations for the 8th Annual Historic Preservation and Design Awards Program. This program recognizes outstanding achievements and investments in commercial buildings by property owners that are consistent with standards of historic preservation stewardship and result in significant aesthetic and design improvements to the community.
Eligible properties include any building located within the DDA district that is more than 50 years old. New development is eligible for a special category.
Nominations are due no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014. Awards will be given in the following categories:
•Preservation Stewardship: To recognize buildings that are well-maintained over a significant period of time; with special attention to careful maintenance, façade alterations that are sensitive to historic character, and work that is shown to be appropriate for the historic resource. The original use of the building may be changed, but care has been taken to maintain the building’s integrity and changes over time have been compatible with the historic character of the building.
•Exterior Restoration or Rehabilitation: To recognize exterior of properties that have undergone significant rehabilitation or have been restored to their original style or appearance.
•Building Interior: To recognize significant investment and renovation in historic building interiors, including: general building code upgrades; ground floor commercial improvements demonstrating excellence in merchandising, customer orientation, and/or business functionality in an office or retail setting. Upper story commercial or residential renovation resulting in high quality space, while maintaining or restoring the historical appearance of the building.
•Sympathetic Addition: Construction of an addition to an existing structure that is complimentary to the original architectural style of the property, following The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
•Compatible New Construction or Property Improvement: Any new structure that is compatible with the architectural character of the neighborhood/area in which the new structure is located, and/or site improvement that results in significant aesthetic enhancement to the property.
For further information regarding program, or to nominate a project, please call (517) 545-4240.
Every Day is an Event.
Here in Howell’s Downtown, we’re a lot different. In a good way. Where else can you stroll amid nearly 200-year-old historical buildings? Be greeted by folks who actually own the store you’ve walked into? And, of course, there’s our unique mix of independent dining, entertainment and “shoppertunity” options you simply won’t find anywhere else. Especially not with the warmth, style and generosity that we serve up in Howell.
Proud of ourselves? Well, yes. We have a lot to be proud of. The inviting atmosphere. The wide smiles and warm welcomes. Our acclaimed festivals and events. Over forty different specialty retailers (from traditional to hip & quirky) and deliciously different dining options. Parks, a beach, that remarkable historical architecture…we could go on. But really what we’re most proud of is each other.
People make a town. Through their love of the place. Their commitment to developing a vibrant community – and their commitment to each other, and to our guests. This makes a big difference. The Howell difference. We’re a town with roots and a real family feel. We believe you’ll feel it, too.
We invite you to explore our site and get a better look at what we’re about. Why we’re different…in a good way. We hope you like what you see enough to come, spend a little time here, and Shop Different…Shop Downtown Howell.
P.S. We’re really easy to get to. We’re conveniently located right off of 1-96 (Exit 137 is a good one to take). Plus, parking is free, whether it’s on the street or in one of our newly-redesigned, re-paved, re-landscaped and re-markable lots.