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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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PUBLIC NOTICE: Water Festival 2015 Street Closures

There will be no parking on Main Street & Portage Street during the following dates/times:

  • Thursday, June 18th from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Parade)*
    *Parade route begins at Ridgeway Floral (901 W. Michigan Ave.) and ends at Lafayette Park (400 N. Main St.)
  • Friday, June 19th from 3:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. (Street Sweeping)
  • Saturday, June 20th from 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Car Show)*

*indicates full road closure

Contact: Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce (269) 278-8193

For a full list of Water Festival activities, visit the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce website

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Sass in the City: Friday, July 17 from 5-8pm

Press Release

Three Rivers DDA

Monday, June 29, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Brian Persky
Three Rivers DDA/Main Street Executive Director
(269) 535-5145
brian@trdda.net

Sass in the City offers evening of fun, shopping, girls’ night out in historic Downtown Three Rivers

Three Rivers, MI– “Come get your Sass on!” is this year’s theme for Sass in the City, set to take place on Friday, July 17th from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in Historic Downtown Three Rivers.

Celebrate a night out on the town with friends, dress for the occasion, and shop ‘til you drop with in-store promotions, music, giveaways, and special deals on drinks, food, jewelry, makeup, accessories, pampering services and much more.

“All of your favorite downtown shops will be offering special promotions… exhibiting new products and/or services… informational booths/venues…AND there are ALWAYS special treats in store for YOU!” said Doug Mitchell, event coordinator.

Special thanks to the downtown businesses that sponsored this event alongside the Three Rivers DDA/Main Street program: Lynn’s Garage, The Riviera Theatre, Lowry’s Books & More, Ridgeway Floral, UniQ Jewelry, Love Your Mother, World Fare, Centsible Treasures, Main Street Fit-Ness, PinUp Salon, The Golden Finch Frame & Gallery, Paisanos, and Parker Jewelers.

New this year, a host of some of the area’s favorite food trucks will be lined up and down Main Street.

“What better way to come together and celebrate and have fun,” said Mitchell. “Grab some friends and head downtown to check all of us out and see what we have in store for YOU!  Come on down and get YOUR Sass on!”

For more information, please visit the DDA’s website at trdda.net, or contact Brian Persky at (269) 535-5145.

 

Sass 2015

See the results from our Market Analysis kick-off public meeting “THRIVE!”

THRIVE Public Meeting & Workshop
May 20, 2015

1. List the three best or most exciting things about Downtown Three Rivers.

  • A dedicated group of people who have invested time, money and energy to downtown
  • Arts! Riviera Theatre/Carnegie Center
  • Combined urban/rural living
  • Walkability
  • Events – e.g. Christmas Around Town
  • Historic buildings, especially Riviera and Carnegie
  • Historical buildings and charm
  • Locally-owned businesses
  • Lowry’s Books
  • Mixed-use buildings (retail and residential) in a historic setting
  • Natural resources – rivers, parks
  • New investments (Brasco, food service at Riviera, Main Street Diner expansion)
  • Riviera Theatre for entertainment
  • The 3 rivers
  • Unique shops and variety
  • Unique, specialized stores that fill niche

2. List three obstacles or challenges to business development efforts in Downtown Three Rivers.

  • Big Box stores
  • Cost of renovations and starting a business
  • Empty buildings
  • Financing is harder to get (for small businesses)
  • Fixation on the past; non-adaptive attitude about possibilities
  • Lack of cohesive vision
  • Lack of public bathrooms
  • More people-friendly / less car-oriented (business route)
  • Parking – parallel parking, steps from west parking, junky rear entrances with poor signage
  • Parking spaces
  • Perception – “nothing for me downtown” (teens, elderly, low-income)
  • Perceptions of the regulations for development (e.g., Historic District Commission roles)
  • Regulatory hurdles – permits/ordinances
  • The “buy local” idea has not caught on yet for many people
  • Through-traffic: creates noise, doesn’t generate business

3. List 3 reasons for someone to expand, open a business, or invest in Downtown Three Rivers.

  • Anchor stores (River City, Lowry’s, Sherwin Williams)
  • Beautiful historic district
  • Beautiful spaces and architecture
  • Centrally located (Local or Chicago-Detroit)
  • Cost-effective
  • Downtown TR and TR in general are easy to access via road, easy to park and walk around downtown
  • Festivals (Harmony Fest, Water Fest) draw customers to the area
  • Historic buildings
  • Nice place for customers to walk while waiting
  • Proximity to parks, rivers and natural resources
  • Sense of community
  • Small town atmosphere – good place to raise a family
  • Supportive community of business owners
  • Synergy with existing businesses
  • Unique space

4. List three things you would do within the next three years in order to make Downtown Three Rivers an even better place to start a business and/or invest (be realistic and specific).

  • Actively solicit new businesses to locate downtown
  • Appoint an ombudsman to assist new businesses through permits and regulatory process
  • Begin a business/building fund for economic development
  • Destination restaurant/brewpub
  • Have quality family activities
  • Improve blocks south of Main Street/Michigan Avenue
  • Increase parking with diagonal parking
  • Infrastructure: Wi-Fi and public restrooms
  • Make it more pedestrian-friendly
  • More restaurants/sidewalk cafes/Internet cafes
  • Open restaurant which is open for lunch and dinner (before 4 PM)
  • Promote and expand quality housing in downtown
  • Recruit “practical” businesses – shoes, clothing, etc.
  • Review, update and amend local ordinances
  • Slow traffic by redirecting through traffic and redesigning roadway
  • Support the expansion of trail system into downtown
  • Welcoming back entrances and develop attractive riverfronts with angles parking on the street side (cohesive design for pedestrians)

5. List three specific types of new or expanded businesses that have the best chance to succeed in Downtown Three Rivers.

Group A
1. Quality restaurant/brewpub*
2. Grocery store
3. Entertainment

Group B
1. Sporting goods (water-specific (boating, fishing)
2. Bike shop
3. Restaurant (open for lunch and dinner)
4. Antique shop*
5. Craft & art supply store

Group C
1. Restaurant open evening hours*
2. Ice cream shop/bakery (summer/winter)
3. Video stores
4. Spices and specialty foods
5. Department store
6. Sporting goods with climbing wall
7. Tool rental

Group D
1. Destination restaurant
2. Brewpub
3. Antique store

Group E
1. Restaurant – non chain*
2. Ice cream parlor
3. Boutique shops

*From the list above, select the one business you feel has the very best chance to succeed in Downtown Three Rivers.

Related: Take our online survey here

Related: Help Downtown Three Rivers “THRIVE!”

Related: Three Rivers awarded market analysis through Michigan Main Street Center

 

Market Analysis Committee

Joe Bippus, Chair (Economic Restructuring Committee)

Rob Vander Giessen-Reitsma (Economic Restructuring Committee)

Bob Sills (Economic Restructuring Committee)

Kara Schroer (Economic Restructuring Committee)

Mary Miholer-O’Connor (Design Committee)

Heather Martell (Promotions Committee)

Danielle Moreland (Organization Committee)

 

Help Downtown Three Rivers “THRIVE!”

THRIVE! is an open invitation public meeting and workshop being conducted as part of the Downtown Three Rivers Market Study project.

Join us to learn about the new Downtown Three Rivers Market Study project and to participate in a fun workshop that will help us enhance Downtown Three Rivers as a great place to live, work, shop, play, and do business!

The project is being organized by the Three Rivers Main Street Program with support and funding from Michigan Main Street Center.

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Three Rivers DDA/Main Street seeking volunteers for Community Cleanup Day 2015

Press Release

POSTER FINAL

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Three Rivers DDA/Main Street seeking volunteers for Community Cleanup Day 2015

Three Rivers, MI– The Three Rivers DDA/Main Street program wishes to invite all community members to take part in a “traditional washing down” of the downtown area on Saturday, May 16th.

“Three Rivers Community Cleanup Day” (formerly Pride Day, Wash Down Day) is being collaboratively planned and organized by members of the DDA/Main Street Promotions Committee, Organization Committee, and Design Committee.

Events in previous years have seen over 100 volunteers, and the DDA/Main Street program hopes to exceed those numbers in 2015. Projects will include planting flowers, pulling weeds, and cleaning up trash among many others.

“Community Clean Up Day is a great way to build relationships between our community and local businesses,” says project chair and Promotions Committee member Terra Miller. “A litter-free flower bed is not just a pretty sight, but it is also a sign of a community that cares.”

“The DDA/Main Street committee’s have been reaching out to several local businesses, churches, and small organizations around Three Rivers. We have some wonderful volunteers lined up for the event, but we are always in need of more.”

Volunteer sign up and morning refreshments will be held at The Riviera Theatre at 8:30 a.m. From there, groups will be assigned to specific locations. Most projects will last 2-3 hours followed by a complimentary lunch and brief volunteer appreciation awards ceremony back at The Riviera Theatre at Noon.

All community members interested can volunteer by going to http://trdda.net/donatevolunteer or by contacting Executive Director Brian Persky at (269) 535-5145 or brian@trdda.net. Local organizations and businesses are encouraged to organize groups as well.

circa 1969 (photo credit: Dan Tomlinson)

circa 1969 (photo credit: Dan Tomlinson)

Three Rivers awarded market analysis service through Michigan Main Street Center

Press Release
Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Three Rivers MS logo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Contact: Laura Krizov
Michigan Main Street Manager
(517) 241-4237
KrizovL@michigan.gov

 

Three Rivers awarded market analysis service through Michigan Main Street Center

 

Three Rivers, MI– Three Rivers has been selected to participate in a market analysis service through their participation in the Michigan Main Street program. The market analysis service is one of several application-based services that is offered to all Selected and Master Level Michigan Main Street communities.

The DDA’s Economic Restructuring Committee applied for the market analysis service in January, and received official word from Lansing this week that it had been awarded the service following a statewide comprehensive review of application-based services.

The training and consultation service specifically assists with not only gathering quantitative information that identifies business opportunities in the commercial district, but how to use this information to attract and retain business. The market analysis service is valued at more than $20,000.

“The market analysis service will not only help Historic Downtown Three Rivers more effectively grow in target markets, but it will also be a tremendous asset to the City of Three Rivers and surrounding area,” said DDA/Main Street Executive Director Brian Persky.

Consultants will visit Three Rivers at the end of April for a driving tour, walking tour, visits with businesses, and then guide DDA representatives through a general outline of tasks, follow up dates, and deadlines. The study is expected to wrap up by the end of the calendar year.

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Make Valentine’s Day special this year in Historic Downtown Three Rivers

By Rebecca Kramb-Hubbard

Are you searching for something to make Valentine’s Day special? Do you want to make it a memorable day this year? Why not check out these awesome local deals and events going on now until February 14?

Start the day off right!

coffee specials at LaLA valentine mugsLAs valentine cookies

Start out the morning right with something special from L.A.’s Coffee Cafe like a red velvet latte, or homemade heart cookies!

Pick out some fine jewelry! 

Two tone geometric pendant with chambord garnet and diamondUniQ vday collection music note

Check out the lovely Valentine’s Day collection at UniQ Jewelry featuring many Diamond Doug original designs! Also be sure to stop by Parker Jewelers for their “3 Ways to a Woman’s Heart” special (includes roses, pearl necklace, and chocolates for $99) this Valentine’s Day.

Write a love letter to the world!

global love letters

Come in to Love Your Mother and write a Global Love Letter and get 10% off your purchases! Global Love Letters are anonymous messages of affection that are sent out into the world with the sole purpose to spread the love. Also check out Love Your Mother’s Valentine themed items, all 15% off!

Enter a contest!

Vday 2015 give away

The Riviera Theatre, Pinup Salon, Ridgeway Floral, and UniQ Jewelry are teaming up to give away three Valentine’s Day gift baskets valued $100, $250, and $500. Just make a purchase at any of the participating retailers for your chance to win big!

Enter a Bake-off and/or enjoy excellent chocolates!

Chocolate affair

World Fare is hosting the Chocolate Affair where you can try delicious homemade goodies made with fare trade chocolate and use your dollar to vote on your favorite baked goods! Three winners will be chosen and entries will be accepted through February 11.

Grab Supplies!

Vday table centsible treasures

Planing a romantic dinner? Come in to Centsible Treasures and get everything you’ll need for a the perfect night in! On February 14 Centsible Treasures’ entire stock will be 10% off! Plus bring in a friend and you both will get 25% off your purchase!

Enjoy the holiday with your family and community at Winterfest!
Poster

Looking for something to do with the family for Valentine’s Day? Come Downtown February 14, noon- four pm, and enter a snowman contest, bowl with a frozen turkey and enjoy special crafts and sales with local merchants!

Order flowers from Ridgeway Floral!
Roses

Show your “sweetie” how much you care about them by ordering a dozen roses for just $99.99, or chose from a variety of Valentine’s Day arrangements. Talk to Teresa and get your order in now before it’s too late!

Let the special people in your life know you love them and show your love for your community by shopping local!
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Michigan Main Street

Three Rivers is a Select level community in Michigan Main Street, an official affiliate of The National Main Street Center, which is committed to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.

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Phone: (269) 535-5145
Address: 57 N. Main St., Three Rivers, MI 49093