Growing our Downtown

Escanaba is a great place to do business
The Downtown Development Authority works closely with business owners to maximize their investment in their buildings with our Facade Improvement Program. The DDA also looks to enhance opportunities for mixed-use buildings, taking advantage of programs like the MSHDA’s Rental Rehab. Downtown Escanaba is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Escanaba is the only Upper Peninsula city to be recognized as a Certified Redevelopment Ready Community into the MEDC’s Redevelopment Ready Communities program.

The downtown district is poised for growth and additional development. We enjoy a climate that includes all four season’s. Escanaba and the DDA are working to preserve and revitalize historic downtown to provide opportunities for those seeking a healthy, beautiful and economically sound district for starting or expanding a business. The combination of our natural beauty, vibrant arts community and expansive downtown district offer an attractive area for working and living.

Notice: Business Partners Committee Meeting

The Business Partners Committee of the Escanaba Downtown Development Authority is meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at Leigh's Garden Winery. All business owners are welcome to attend. The winery is located at 904 Ludington Street. Topics include the Streetscape concept for Ludington Street from 2nd to 9th Streets.

The city and DDA have partnered together on the Michigan Economic Development RAP 2.0 grant. It includes a public restroom near the Municipal Dock and Ludington Street streetscape. It will coincide with the utility construction that will be occurring on that portion of Ludington Street in 2024 and 2025.

The concept began with a public meeting last April and has been discussed by a Ludington Street Workgroup and this committee.

The Business Partners Committee addresses issues and events that might concern businesses in the downtown. Unless otherwise noted, the committee meets the second Wednesday of each month.
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