Chelsea Rowley
Mar 16, 2017 · 4 min read

What’s happening in Downtown Midland? Here’s a brief summary.

Last time we talked, we told you that 2017 was going to be a big year for downtown Midland. (We weren’t lying.) From public infrastructure investments at The Tridge, The Courthouse, & The Main Street Streetscape to public programming like Movies On Main and The Bike Midland bikeshare program — there is a lot going on and a lot of moving pieces.

In order to keep you informed, we’re publishing updates. This newsletter won’t cover everything all at once; however, it will be a great place to start. (P.S. For your convenience, we’re also keeping an online archive of our previous newsletters. That way if you want more information about a project not covered in our most recent post, you can access it with one click of your mouse.)

With that in mind — let’s catch-up.

Image courtesy of The Incremental Development Alliance

Downtown Opportunity Summit

Topic: Incremental Development

We’re bringing Jim Kumon, the executive director of The Incremental Development Alliance, to Midland on April 13. The free, A.M., Ted-Talk-esque presentation will focus on ways to empower citizens and investors alike through small-scale, urban, in-fill development. If you’re wondering, “Is this presentation for me?” The answer is YES, it’s for you. Jim’s presentation is perfect for anyone who has an idea for downtown Midland, anyone who wants to dive deeper into “urbanist” thinking, or anyone who wants to learn more about small-scale investments.

Sound interesting to you? Great ! RSVP for the free event here.

Image courtesy of The Midland Daily News

Movies On Main

Seven Sponsors Needed

ACE Hardware, The Midland Downtown Business Association and Momentum Midland are working together to bring Movies on Main back for 10 weeks in Summer 2017.

The cost to bring free, outdoor movies to Downtown Midland is $500 per week (or roughly $5,000 for the entire summer). To cover this cost, the planning committee for this event is seeking weekly sponsorships from businesses and individuals. Three organizations have already stepped up to sponsor a week (Thanks, Great Lakes Loons, Greater Midland, and McMahan, Thomson & Associates!); however, the planning committee is still looking for SEVEN more sponsors.

If you, or your employer, would be interested in donating to this event, please visit the Movies on Main website or email for more details.

Images courtesy of The Midland Daily News
Image Courtesy of Jenee Velasquez

The West Entranceway Project

Reinvestment on the downtown block of Fitzhugh, Indian, Jerome,and Buttles

Our next project: The West Entranceway. This project focuses on the reinvestment of an entire city block in Downtown Midland by removing blighted homes, leveling land, creating a community entranceway, and encouraging additional private investment on site.

For greater insight into funding partners, home images, or future site ideas — please visit our most recent blog post here.

Additional Updates

For more information about the South Riverfront Property Project (former 4D property), The Main Street Streetscape Project, or The Bike Midland Bikeshare Program — please check out Momentum Midland’s previous newsletter.

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Chelsea Rowley

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A dog & cat loving bookworm residing in Michigan. Thoughts = my own.

Momentum Midland

#MoMidland is a group of citizens, businesses and foundations working with the community to make Midland even better. #KeepTheMomentumGoing