Like most good things that happen, it was the vision of a few volunteers who made Main Street a reality in Boyne City. They worked hard sharing their enthusiasm and vision of the program. They engaged community and government leaders, business owners, and members of the general public. They led the effort to have representatives of the community attend the annual National Main Street conventions to learn more about the program. They also did the nuts-and-bolts work necessary to become part of the state program.
The results? In recent years Boyne City’s Main Street program, which is funded through the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), has been a key partner in several important downtown projects, including:
- A major downtown infrastructure and streetscape project
- Ten facade renovations
- The Old City Park renovation
- Wayfinding signage
- Streetscape furnishings
- New and expanded downtown events
Once a time-worn manufacturing town, Boyne City has steadily grown into an inspirational example for other Northern Michigan downtowns, with innovative retail, local foods, the arts, and year-round lakefront events and activities.
The Boyne City Main Street Program
A grassroots, volunteer-driven program dedicated to the historic preservation and economic development of Boyne City’s downtown, Boyne’s Main Street program follows the national “Main Street Four-Point Approach” to revitalization developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The four points focus on the Design, Economic Restructuring, Organization, and Promotion of the downtown.