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DC Main Streets Program

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DC Main Streets is a comprehensive program that promotes the revitalization of traditional business districts in the District of Columbia. Created in 2002 through the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Main Streets serves as the citywide coordinating program that provides services and funding for the eight Main Streets found in the District of Columbia. Main Streets mission is to support the traditional retail corridors in the District.

Though our eight independent, nonprofit  neighborhood Main Street programs, we  revitalize  communities by retaining and recruiting businesses, improving commercial properties and streetscapes, and attracting consumers. Leaders in these neighborhood organizations assist businesses and coordinate sustainable community-driven revitalization efforts in their neighborhoods.

As a result of the DC Main Streets program, the District has seen an increase in new businesses and jobs. In addition, facade improvements and building rehabilitation projects have upgraded the image of the commercial corridors, while marketing and branding efforts have resulted in additional exposure and increased market share.

In 2012, DC Main Streets programs generated the following economic activity.
    Net Job Gain    471
    Net new businesses    29
    Rehabilitation projects completed    31
        Value - Private     $51,981,000
    Public improvement projects completed    2
        Value - Public     $2,740,000



Approach

DC Main Streets builds on the Main Street Four-Point Approach® that was developed by the National Trust's National Main Street Center in 1980 to assist commercial  revitalization efforts nationwide. The approach consists of four elements (points) which work together to build a sustainable and complete community revitalization effort in the following areas:

  • Organization of commercial revitalization efforts (e.g., developing and sustaining financial and volunteer resources)
  • Promotion of neighborhood commercial districts (e.g., branding campaigns and special events) and individual businesses operating therein;
  • Designs affecting the physical environment of the commercial district (e.g., clean teams and streetscape improvements) and the appearance of business storefronts and interiors;
  • Economic restructuring including business retention, recruitment, and expansion

The approach includes an underlying historic preservation ethic and provides local organizations with a mechanism to manage their neighborhood commercial districts and a structure to implement commercial revitalization activities that will achieve the stakeholders’ goals for the commercial district.
 

DC Main Street Programs

Each DC Main Streets program is organized and led by local volunteers and community development professionals. Each program has different operating structures as defined in their by-laws and operating procedure documents. By grant agreement with DSLBD , each program must have:

  • Broad-based community support for the commercial district revitalization process, with strong support from both the public and private sectors;
  • Well defined vision and mission statements relevant to community conditions and to the local Main Street program's organizational stage;
  • A comprehensive project implementation plan and an adequate operating budget to support it;
  • An operational board;
  • A full-time staff person dedicated to program implementation;
  • Four  committees staffed by volunteers that align with the Main Street Four Point Approach.

The 2013 active and accredited DC Main Streets programs are:

Service Contact: 
DSLBD
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 727-3900
Contact TTY: 
711
Contact Suite #: 
850 North
Service Location: 

441 4th Street, NW


GIS Address: 
441 4th Street, NW
City: 
Washington
State: 
DC
Zip: 
20001