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Upcoming Events for July: Paint the Curb and 2016 Sass in the City!

 

Paint the Curb

Wed., July 13: Paint the Curb

The curbs in downtown Three Rivers are showing signs of their usual wear and tear, and the City has asked the DDA/Main Street and its Design Committee to step up and help beautify them. Come down and join us in the afternoon and evening with your work clothes on, and help put on fresh coats of yellow and blue! We’ll gather afterward for food and drink. Stay tuned for additional details, including exact meeting times and locations, and if you’re interested in participating, feel free to let us know any time!

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Fri., July 15: Sass in the City

The popular, annual Sass in the City event — a ladies night out on Main Street — takes place on the third Friday in July this year. Ladies of all ages are welcome at this free event, where participants can look forward to shopping for deals and bargains at their favorite downtown businesses. As always, there will be live music, goodies, and giveaways. This annual event is organized and sponsored by the Three Rivers Merchant Group. Watch the event’s Facebook page for updates:

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Come see us at the Water Festival!

Come on down to the Water Festival this weekend in Three Rivers! 

As you enjoy the festivities and partake in a little bit of our local heritage, be sure to look for and stop by the DDA/Main Street booth.  You’ll be able to meet our new Executive Director, Dave Vago, and learn about his local family ties, and you will also be able to talk to other representatives of the DDA and Three Rivers HarmonyFest – they can provide you the latest details on what to expect for this year’s upcoming event.

Sign up at our table to earn free giveaways and become informed on the latest happenings in downtown. We’ll be there all day on Friday and Saturday. We look forward to seeing you there!

Welcome David Vago – our new Full Time Executive Director – join us for a Meet n Greet at the Ice Cream Social on June 9th 6 – 8 p.m. or stop by our booth at the upcoming Water Festival!

Notice of Regular Board Meeting- June 10th at 8 a.m. City Hall – rescheduled from June 3rd, 2016

Volunteer Appreciation Day 2016 – ICE CREAM SOCIAL – June 9th – 6 – 8 p.m.

Join us for a fun evening on Main Street!  Volunteers, Friends of Main Street and the public are welcome to attend!  Guests will gather toppings form participating merchants then get a scoop of ice cream at the DDA booth!  Face Painting, Music and also Meet the Director, David Vago!

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FOR RELEASE: MMS design service awarded to oldest contributing building in Three Rivers, will undergo renovations next spring

Press Release

Three Rivers DDA

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Brian Persky, Executive Director                                 Contact: Bruce Monroe
Three Rivers DDA/Main Street                                                    (269) 615-4219
(269) 535-5145                                                                                 bbmclg56@msn.com
brian@trdda.net

Contact: Debra Ball Johnson, AIA, Design Specialist
MSHDA/Michigan Main Street
State Historic Preservation Office
(517) 335-0002
JohnsonD70@michigan.gov

MMS design service awarded to oldest contributing building in Three Rivers, will undergo renovations next spring

Renderings of 39-43 N. Main

Renderings of 39-43 N. Main

Three Rivers, MI– The Michigan Main Street Center has awarded its third and final Design Assistance service of the 2015 fiscal year to Bruce Monroe, property owner of the “Kelsey Block” at 39-43 N. Main Street in Historic Downtown Three Rivers.

As a part of the service, Monroe received an on-site consultation with Michigan Main Street Design Specialist Debra Johnson, as well as a written report with proposed façade drawings, paint samples, historic photos, a maintenance schedule, and other additional resources that will assist in making improvements to the building.

“While we had a good overview of what our building required in terms of repair, refreshing and otherwise updating in concert with historical rehab guidelines and preferred practices, the Michigan Main Street Center provided insight and direction in very specific detail to guide our restoration process,” Monroe said.

Monroe applied for the Design Services this past summer. His application was unanimously approved by the Three Rivers DDA/Main Street Design Committee, receiving highest marks on significance, implementation, visibility, appropriateness, and simplicity.

“Our DDA and the Michigan Main Street Center were very supportive,” Monroe added.

“While we have had experience working on historic buildings in the past, the availability of expertise beyond our own experiences was helpful and appreciated.”

The Kelsey Block is the oldest contributing building in the Downtown Three Rivers Commercial Historic District, and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The nomination for the listing states the building was built in 1854 and is described as a three-story, nine-bay wide, Victorian Italianate block.

Kelsey Block - 1854

The proposed designs also conform to the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation as developed by the National Park Service. These standards provide guidance that allows for alterations of buildings while preserving its historical, cultural, and architectural integrity.

Following these standards and using the approved Design Services provided by the Michigan Main Street Center, Monroe is also able to apply for additional funding through incentive programs such as façade grants and federal historic tax credits.

Monroe says they will use the remainder of the year to finalize renovation plans, and hope to begin work on the building in the spring of 2016.  Preliminary plans include re-pointing and masonry work, painting, awning treatments, and interior remodeling.

Modern Day "Kelsey Block" (39-43 N. Main)

Modern Day “Kelsey Block” (39-43 N. Main)

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TRDDA, Main Street, and DPN to present findings of Market Study Tuesday, August 25th

The Three Rivers DDA/Main Street program and Downtown Professionals Network will be presenting the findings of the Downtown Market Study on Tuesday, August 25th @ 6:00 p.m. at the Carnegie Center for the Arts.

The event is FREE and open to the public. In addition to presenting the findings, recommendations for next steps will given to the Three Rivers DDA/Main Street program.

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For more information on the Downtown Three Rivers Market Study, please go here.

TRDDA and TRIM partner with local Modern Woodmen chapter to beautify the community

TRDDA and TRIM partner with local Modern Woodmen chapter to beautify the community

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On July 18th, 2015, local Modern Woodmen of America members will put their hands where their hearts are. Members of the Three Rivers Modern Woodmen chapter will come together to beautify the boardwalk in Memory Isle Park in downtown Three Rivers.

The project is part of the organization’s Good Neighbors Program, a nationwide program that gives Modern Woodmen chapters across the country $500 for hands-on repair and community beautification projects. This project however will be granted a total of $1,000. Nearly 1,000 such projects benefit communities in the United States annually.

“As a member-based, fraternal financial services organization, Modern Woodmen strives to give member families opportunities to volunteer and enhance their communities,” says Lee A. Moser, local Modern Woodmen financial representative. “Our Good Neighbors Program does both.”

Coordinated by local Modern Woodmen members, chapters provide opportunities to take part in social activities and community service projects to meet local needs.

For more information or to get involved, contact Lee A. Moser at 269-436-8115 or Lee.A.Moser@mwarep.org.

As a tax-exempt fraternal benefit society, Modern Woodmen sells life insurance, annuity and investment* products not to benefit stockholders but to improve quality of life for our members, their families and their communities. This is accomplished through social, charitable and volunteer activities.

The project is in coordination with the Three Rivers DDA/Main Street, Three Rivers Improvement Movement, City of Three Rivers, and Three Rivers Sherwin-Williams. A brief check presentation will commence at 8:00 a.m. the morning of the event.

For more information, contact: Brian Persky, (269)-535-5145

Boardwalk along the Rocky River in Memory Isle Park in Downtown Three Rivers

Boardwalk along the Rocky River in Memory Isle Park in Downtown Three Rivers

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*Securities offered through MWA Financial Services Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Modern Woodmen of America. Products are available in most states. Individual agents may not be licensed to sell all products.

 

Property owner of 32 N. Main receives second MMS Design Service, cites “very positive experience”

Three Rivers DDA

Press Release

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Brian Persky, Executive Director                                Contact: John Wolgamood
Three Rivers DDA/Main Street                                                    (269) 567-0474
(269) 535-5145                                                                               jwolg60@yahoo.com
brian@trdda.net

Contact: Debra Ball Johnson, AIA, Design Specialist
MSHDA/Michigan Main Street
State Historic Preservation Office
(517) 335-0002
JohnsonD70@michigan.gov

Property owner of 32 N. Main receives second Design Service from Michigan Main Street Center, cites “very positive experience”

IMG_1976 Proposed 32 N. Main

Three Rivers, MI– The Michigan Main Street Center has awarded its second Design Assistance service to John Wolgamood, owner of 32 N. Main Street in Downtown Three Rivers.

As a part of the service, Wolgamood received an on-site consultation with Michigan Main Street Design Specialist Debra Johnson, as well as a written report with proposed façade drawings, paint samples, historic photos, a maintenance schedule, and other additional resources that will assist in making improvements to the building.

“Ms. Johnson provided some interesting history of my building and the adjacent buildings,” Wolgamood stated.

“The report I received from Ms. Johnson was clear and concise. She also provided some initial ideas on improving the façade of the building, which would not require an inordinate amount of effort or money.”

Wolgamood applied for the Design Services in March. His application was unanimously approved by Three Rivers DDA/Main Street Design Committee, receiving highest marks on significance, visibility, appropriateness, and simplicity.

“The Three Rivers DDA made this process relatively simple and painless,” said Wolgamood. “Most of the ideas that I’ve received are intuitive and simplistic.”

“Initially, I was hesitant,” Wolgamood added. “My concerns were about the thought of having to do endless paperwork and on time spent on developing a plan that would be cost prohibitive to implement for my building improvements. I have been pleasantly surprised from the initial process through receiving the end report for suggested improvements.”

Wolgamood’s building (32 N. Main) contributes to the Downtown Three Rivers Commercial Historic District as listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The nomination for listing states the building was built circa 1870 and describes it as a two-story Italianate block with a metal cornice.

“I have actually learned several useful things after having talked with Ms. Johnson, examining informational links that she provided, and by reading her final report. I now have some idea how buildings were originally designed and laid out the way they were, do’s and don’ts for rehabbing, energy efficiency hints, and how to make your building stay within the overall design of the nearby buildings and the importance.”

The proposed designs also conform to the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation as developed by the National Park Service. These standards provide guidance that allows for alterations of buildings while preserving its historical, cultural, and architectural integrity.

Following these standards and using the approved Design Services provided by the Michigan Main Street Center, Wolgamood is also able to apply for additional funding through incentive programs such as façade grants and federal historic tax credits.

“I’m still reading through the information, but so far, I like what I see,” Wolgamood added.

“I rate this experience as very positive. Our goal would be to start work on the façade within the next 90 days and have it completed sometime this fall.”

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Michigan Main Street awards Design Services to owners of proposed Tap House & Grille in Downtown Three Rivers

Three Rivers DDA

Press Release

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Brian Persky, Executive Director                                    Contact: Nancy Russell
Three Rivers DDA/Main Street                                                       (269) 506-6558
(269) 535-5145
brian@trdda.net

Contact: Debra Ball Johnson, AIA, Design Specialist               Contact: Mike Russell
MSHDA/Michigan Main Street                                                      (269) 506-6559
State Historic Preservation Office
(517) 335-0002
JohnsonD70@michigan.gov

Michigan Main Street awards Design Services to owners of proposed Tap House & Grille in Downtown Three Rivers

Three Rivers, MI– The Michigan Main Street Center has officially awarded its first Design Assistance service to property owners in Downtown Three Rivers.

Mike and Nancy Russell – owners of Main Street Café at 13 N. Main – have plans to purchase and develop 19-21 N. Main (formerly “Pub 21”) and 23 N. Main, pending purchase agreements on both properties.

“We’ve been working closely with the Three Rivers DDA,” said Mike Russell.

“Brian has been very instrumental in pointing us in the right direction, setting up meetings with key state agencies, and pushing us along to help meet our deadlines.”

“Recently, we’ve been working with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission and the Small Business Development Center on the final touches of our business plan, and of course [Nancy and I] appreciate the current owners Jennifer and Randy Huyck for working with us in the process of the acquisition of the buildings.”

“I’d also like to thank the Design Committee, and Design Specialist Debra Johnson from the Michigan Main Street Center for awarding us these design services for the facades of the buildings,” Russell added.

Depending on the individual needs of the property or business owner, there are three types of design assistance services available: Preservation and Design Consultation, Design Services, and Historic Tax Credit Assistance.

19-23 N. Main Designs

The Russell’s applied for Design Services in February, and were sent to Lansing for final approval following a March meeting of the Three Rivers DDA/Main Street Design Committee in which members unanimously voted in favor of using the service.

Select Level Main Street communities, such as Three Rivers, are allotted up to three services per year for five years, with a maximum of 15 total services.

When a Design Service request is submitted, the Design Committee uses a selection criteria sheet as a tool in reviewing, evaluating, and selecting projects.  The highest scoring projects are given priority. These six criteria are implementation, need, significance, visibility, appropriateness, and simplicity.

“The Russell’s have invested a lot of time, resources, and energy into this project already,” said Executive Director Brian Persky.

“We are extremely pleased with how thorough the Russell’s have been throughout the entirety of this project. It’s showed in their planning and preparation, and it ultimately showed in the scoring and approval of their application.”

The buildings approved (19-23 N. Main) are a significant part of Downtown Three Rivers, both economically and physically, and have the potential to play a role in the district’s ongoing revitalization. Both buildings contribute to the Downtown Three Rivers Commercial Historic District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, and the Three Rivers Downtown Local Historic District.

The nomination for the National Register listing states that the buildings at 19, 21, 23 N. Main Street were built around 1865-1875 in the Italianate style. Throughout the years, the buildings have housed a variety of commercial enterprises.

The intent of the proposed design service is to outline improvements that will remove the modern storefronts, maintain and enhance the historic integrity of the buildings, improve the visibility and appearance, and retain and enhance Three Rivers’ identity as a historic community.

The proposed design also conforms to the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation as developed by the National Park Service. These standards provide guidance that allows for alterations of buildings while preserving its historical, cultural, and architectural integrity.

Following these standards and using the approved Design Services provided by the Michigan Main Street Center, the Russell’s are also able to apply for additional funding through various incentive programs such as façade grants and federal historic tax credits.

“We’re currently in the final stages of ‘getting our ducks in a row’,” Russell said in regards to the project timeline.

“As Nancy and I progress further into the process, we want to say thanks to all the people and agencies that have been vital in helping us. Nancy and I are very excited about the project and hope to help make Three Rivers a downtown destination.”

Existing buildings in current condition pictured above

Existing buildings in current condition pictured above

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