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Howell DDA celebrating 10 years, opening of new offices on Dec. 4

Howell’s Main Street Downtown Development Authority (DDA) celebrates two historic milestones Thursday, Dec. 4. They will celebrate the grand opening of the new DDA offices at 118 W. Clinton St., next door to Hi-Tech Safety and Lock, and the 10th anniversary of Howell’s Main Street program. To mark the occasion, the DDA is hosting a 10th Anniversary Open House at the 118 W. Clinton St. building from 3-7 p.m. with a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m.

Main Street DDA Director Cathleen Edgerly said the building housing the DDA’s new home is a perfect example of using Main Street Design services and historic preservation to restore historic downtown buildings and bring them a new lease on life.

“Because it’s historic, within our Main Street DDA District, and contains both office and residential space, we felt it was important to breathe new life into a downtown building,” Edgerly said. “Now we have a beautifully restored building that not only provides a permanent home for the DDA, but additional office space and a two bedroom residential loft apartment for lease. It’s a win-win for downtown Howell.”

Sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Main Street Communities program provides an effective road map for helping cities and towns leverage local assets to revitalize aging and vacant downtowns and central business districts. Howell adopted the program in 2005 and paired it with its existing DDA, which shares many of Main Street’s goals while also providing the necessary legal, monetary and organizational tools.

“A stroll through historic downtown Howell shows how successful our efforts have been,” Edgerly said. “In fact, Howell was recently recognized by the National Main Street Center, and thanks to our businesses, residents and volunteers, we’re going to continue our work to make downtown Howell Michigan’s finest Main Street community.”

For more information about the Howell Main Street DDA, visit www.downtownhowell.org.

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