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Building Owners & Merchants

The Manistee Main Street Downtown Development Authority is a Master Level Main Street Program through the Michigan Main Street Center.  This designation allows Downtown Manistee to tap into a variety of valuable resources through the State of Michigan that can aid building and business owners in the form of trainings, onsite planning, facade design services, loans, etc.

Manistee is only 1 of 11 communities in the entire state of Michigan that has this designation, and thanks to this program, helpful programs have been implemented that have successfully attracted a variety of quality businesses to the Manistee Area while also paving the way for the rehabilitation of the Historic Vogue Theatre.


Local Facade Grant:  This grant is designed for the locals and is funded through the local DDA budget as a way to give back to business/property owners while creating an incentive to maintain the high quality building stock in Downtown Manistee.  This program allows owners to apply for a reimbursement grant of up to 50% of the total project cost.  See program details here.

Loans and Incentives:  Through the Master Level Main Street Status, the Manistee DDA business owners are able to take advantage of various programs in the form of low interest loans, historic tax credits, and grants. See program details here.

Design Services:  Looking to rehab the exterior of your building?  Why not have a professional Main Street Architect review your building and provide you with various options at NO CHARGE.  See program details here.

Taxes, Ordinances & Permitting:  Find yourself asking questions about the local government approval process?  Here are some FAQ's that may help you along the way.    See program details here.