Downtown Mesquite Development Program
A dynamic partnership of citizens and the City of Mesquite has resulted in a powerful new force revitalizing the historic heart of the city.
From the process of envisioning a successful downtown to hiring staff to achieving Texas Main Street Program designation, the partnership is putting together all of the elements necessary to create a vital downtown that is authentic, vibrant and a point of pride for the community.
Roadmap to Resources Offers Connections to Information for Small Businesses
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Can’t find exactly what you need? Call us at 972-216-6348 or email us at Downtown@CityofMesquite.com.
Facade Improvement Grant Program Generating Visible Changes Downtown
Downtown Mesquite’s first Facade Improvement Program grant program projects has been completed. Metzger Awards at 105 W. Main St. recently underwent a series of improvements, including:
- New paint that highlights architectural features of the 1950s property
- Custom metal awning and brackets
- New signage
- New lighting and wiring
The owner of the property and business, Bill Metzger, notes that the changes have brought positive attention and increased visits to Metzger Awards. He is so happy with the results that he plans on applying for a grant for an additional property just a few doors down.
Another facade grant recipient is the Boyce Building at 202 W. Davis; this property will be improved with the installation of a new awning, as well as cleaning of the brick exterior.
Facade improvement grants, which are in the form of a reimbursement, cover 50% of the cost of a façade rehabilitation up to $20,000. The program is funded by the Towne Centre Tax Increment Finance Reinvestment Zone No. Two, and a pool of $80,000 is available through the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.
Projects must be vetted by the Downtown Mesquite Development Advisory Board and approved by City Council before work commences on any façade project. Once the façade rehabilitation is completed, it will be inspected for adherence to the proposal. If the façade work is true to the approved plan, the property or business owner will receive a reimbursement check.
The façade grant program can be coupled with free design services also made available to downtown business and property owners. By virtue of being part of the Texas Main Street Program, Downtown Mesquite has access to historic preservation architects who will provide architectural renderings, scopes of work and technical assistance briefs to owners in the downtown area free of charge. Abell noted that those considering applying for a façade grant will be encouraged to consult with the Texas Main Street architects before proceeding.
To see the complete Downtown Mesquite Facade Improvement Program policy, procedures and application, click here.
Call City of Mesquite Downtown Development Manager Beverly Abell at (972) 216-6450 for more information.
Mesquite Minute: The Downtown Mesquite Facade Improvement Program Creates Success Stories for Downtown Property Owners
Front Street Station Infrastructure Project Progressing on Schedule
Front Street Station, a $5.5 million improvement project that will bring upgraded water lines, grease traps for restaurant use, additional parking and event space, is expected to be completed in December 2020. Please see the Mesquite Minute video below for an update on what’s happening with this project. The City of Mesquite also offers updates on the project at this link.
Downtown Mesquite Program Achieves National Accreditation Status
The Mesquite Downtown Development program recently achieved designation as a Nationally Accredited Main Street program. The honor was announced by the National Main Street Center. Downtown Mesquite is the only first-year program in Texas to receive this distinction.
For details, please click here.
’Downtowner of the Year’ Recognized
Downtown Mesquite Program Earns Two Prestigious Statewide Awards
Downtown Mesquite’s development efforts were honored with two statewide honors at the Texas Downtown Association’s annual President’s Awards Gala held in Georgetown, TX.
The partnership of the City of Mesquite and citizens to revitalize downtown won the Spirit of Downtown Award, which recognizes local projects that represent the overall efforts of the downtown or commercial district and their goals for the year. The Gathering at Corner Theatre won the statewide award for being the Best Economic Game Changer in cities with a population of 50,000 or more. This category recognizes projects, programs or promotions that had measurable impact on a downtown or commercial district in a striking and powerful manner.
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