In 2014 Wayne began its journey as a Select Level Michigan Main Street program with the incorporation of Wayne Main Street, a grassroots organization spearheading the efforts of community partners and volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to create a vibrant downtown. WMS brings the community together to honor Wayne’s history and long-standing traditions and we celebrate efforts and investments that are enhancing appearances, strengthening the downtown economy, and paving the way to an exciting future.
Wayne Main Street and the city of Wayne saw incredible progress during the first year of being a Select Level Michigan Main Street community. Overall, in 2014 our program brought in over $90,000 worth of resources to aid in the revitalization of our downtown thanks to our relationship with the Michigan Main Street Center and our dedicated volunteer base.
Our collective actions are creating a ripple effect with far reaching impacts to touch the lives of all who have a stake in downtown Wayne today, and for generations to come. Main Street acts as an advocate for the small business community by providing technical assistance, educational opportunities, and financial assistance through our Façade Grant Incentive Program. Main Street also works to market the downtown and all that it has to offer through cooperative advertising campaigns and special events that draw customers into the doors of our downtown businesses. Main Street continuously works to enhance the look of the downtown and improve the walkability through the installation of benches, the purchase of new self-watering flower planters, downtown clean up events, façade improvements, new bike racks, and more.
What Lies Ahead
Downtown Wayne is in the midst of a resurgence and with a steady number of new businesses opening each year now is the time to take advantage of the great prices of our vacant commercial buildings. There are several investment opportunities with many large, historic buildings ready to be adaptively reused and vacant city-owned lots available for mixed-use development. With over 40,000 cars driving through the downtown daily and the possibility of being a major rail stop in a regional mass transit plan, Wayne is going to be the next place to be seen. Our downtown is full of opportunity. Come be a part of history in the making – we’re just getting started!
Michigan Main Street Graduation