Main Street Oakland County plays host to downtown preservation workshops

Oakland County’s downtowns have spent
decades turning themselves into some of Michigan’s most vibrant urban
centers, and the county isn’t going to allow a few bad economic years
to retard that progress.

That’s why Main Street Oakland County
is being proactive this summer, with three workshops aimed at helping
keep these downtowns thriving and continuing their development
momentum. And this is while those downtowns are in slightly better
shape than the overall state economy.

“The whole thing is about how to make it in a tough economy,” says Bret Rasegan, planning supervisor for Oakland County.

The
workshops will feature local, state, and national experts for a range
of urban issues, such as preservation and obtaining grants. The idea is
to help downtown stakeholders get new perspectives on these topics and
see how they can help each different downtown.

The first
workshop, set for June 19, will tackle issues like dealing with
declining property values in a down economy and financing projects in a
tough credit market. The second (July 17) will examine how to encourage
new economy development in the downtowns and take advantage of historic
assets. The last one (August 14) will tackle sustainability issues like
LEED architecture.

All will be held at the Oakland County
Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in
Waterford. For information, call (248) 858-1848.

Source: Bret Rasegan, planning supervisor for Oakland County
Writer: Jon Zemke