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What’s Happening on Main Street – July 2017

Recurring Events

  • Fireworks Displays in Ohio

    Looking for even more fireworks displays for Independence Day? Here’s your list. 

  • Ohio Main Street Program Farmers’ Markets

    This summer, explore the unique downtowns and find tonight’s dinner at a farmers’ market in a Ohio Main Street & Downtown Affiliate community.

  • Take a Hike – Cleveland

    Take a Hike offers five (FREE!) guided walking tours of distinct neighborhoods in downtown Cleveland! Weekly tours explore the Gateway District, Warehouse District, Civic Center, Playhouse Square neighborhood and Canal Basin Park in the Flats. Each tour lasts approximately one and a half hours in length, and features actors and actresses portraying historic figures from Cleveland’s past. Check the website for the full schedule of tours.

July 1

  • Thunder Over Holmes County – Millersburg

    Thunder Over Holmes County will be held June 30th and July 1st, 2017.  The Beer Garden includes 5 different Beers on Tap and Live entertainment on stage both days including Gold Fish Racing!  When the lights go down the fun continues with our fire works display at 9:45 and the bands will continue to play well into the night  Food Vendors will be on hand on the Courthouse Lawn to fill you with BBQ, Frozen Bananas and plenty more.  The shops are open and just waiting for you to stroll in and enjoy all they have to offer.  We look forward to seeing you in “The Burg”! 

July 3

July 4

  • 4th Fest – Piqua

    Celebrate Independence Day in Piqua with food trucks, live music, and lots of fireworks!

  • Ohio Light Opera Community Pops Concert – Wooster

    Celebrate a glorious 4th with the annual Community Pops Concert, presented by Main Street Wooster and the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra & Chorus. Bring a chair, watch the concert and still have plenty of time to see fireworks at the Kinney Fields.

July 7

July 8

July 11

July 12

  • Walk & Dine – Cleveland

    Experience the essence of downtown in the Gateway District as you tour fantastic sites, enjoy delicious food from neighborhood restaurants and relax in the company of friends, family and co-workers.  Musical entertainment will add to the festivities at several tour sites.

July 13

July 14

July 15

July 16

July 19

July 20

  • Knowing Your Home: Windows 201 – Lakewood

    Join LakewoodAlive and Lakewood Hardware for our first ever hands-on window repair workshop. This workshop is the second window workshop of the season. Repairing a window is not only energy efficient but it also helps to keep the historic look and feel of your wonderful home. Rotted frames, deteriorated sashes and leaking air can generally be fixed in window restoration — even a rotting window isn’t necessarily too far gone for restoration.

  • WCHS Summer Community Band Concert – Wooster

    Wayne County Historical Society Summer Community Band is presenting a concert in front of “Everything Rubbermaid” in Downtown Wooster. They will be playing “fun” songs – marches, show tunes, and patriotic songs!

July 21

July 22

  • Painesville Farm & Flea – Painesville

    Downtown Painesville, in partnership with the Cleveland Bazaar, will be hosting its very first Painesville Farm & Flea on July 22, 2017, at 177 Main Street, Painesville, Ohio. The Flea hours are from 9 AM to 2 PM. Enjoy live entertainment and food trucks as you experience area handmade, vintage, farm, food, and artistic vendors.

  • Pizza Palooza & Family Movie Night – Tiffin

    Pizza aficionados, head over to downtown Tiffin for a celebration of pizza! Half of each ticket sold will go toward downtown revitalization.

    A screening of Disney blockbuster hit, Moana will begin at dusk. Attendees are invited to bring their own chairs or blankets to enjoy the show.

July 26

  • Farm to Table – Painesville

    The annual Farm to Table will be held on Lake Erie College’s Historic Campus. This year’s event will include food prepared by local chefs pared with local wines and beers. Music by Justo Saborit.

July 27

  • Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales – Greenville

    Join Main Street Greenville for this year’s legendary Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales! Many downtown businesses will offer special deals and sales during the event.

  • Taste of Downtown Wooster – Wooster

    Taste of Downtown is sure to feature something for everyone. Food tastings from your favorite downtown restaurants, live music, and a beer/wine garden!

July 28

  • Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales – Greenville

    Join Main Street Greenville for this year’s legendary Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales! Many downtown businesses will offer special deals and sales during the event.

  • Kent Potterfest -Kent

    This is an opportunity for Harry Potter fans of all ages to come together and celebrate everything Harry Potter! Main Street Kent is hosting the event, which will include costume contests, potion classes, scavenger hunt, magic, origami, vendors, photo booths and more.

  • Front Porch Concert Series – Lakewood

    Come see local act The Chris Vance Trio! Attendees are encouraging to bring their family, friends, blankets, chairs and snacks for an entertaining evening at this open-air venue.

  • Troy Streets Alive! & Shop Hop – Troy

    Join us for a night of health and wellness in Historic Downtown Troy! Artists and musicians will fill the sidewalks, along with cross-fit and yoga on the Public Square, information and demos, an obstacle course and more!

    This event runs in conjunction with the Downtown Troy Merchants Shop Hop. Stores are open late!

July 29

  • Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales – Greenville

    Join Main Street Greenville for this year’s legendary Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales! Many downtown businesses will offer special deals and sales during the event.

  • Kent Potterfest -Kent

    This is an opportunity for Harry Potter fans of all ages to come together and celebrate everything Harry Potter! Main Street Kent is hosting the event, which will include costume contests, potion classes, scavenger hunt, magic, origami, vendors, photo booths and more.

  • Last Saturdays! at Van Wert Farm & Arts Markets – Van Wert

    On the “Last Saturday” of every month the Van Wert Farm & Art Market adds to the fun. Last Saturday in July will feature live music, food trucks, a community walk Amazing Race, and a Scavenger hunt!

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What’s Happening on Main Street – June 2017

Things to do in Ohio June 2017

Recurring Events

  • Take a Hike – Cleveland

    Take a Hike offers five (FREE!) guided walking tours of distinct neighborhoods in downtown Cleveland! Weekly tours explore the Gateway District, Warehouse District, Civic Center, Playhouse Square neighborhood and Canal Basin Park in the Flats. Each tour lasts approximately one and a half hours in length, and features actors and actresses portraying historic figures from Cleveland’s past. Check the website for the full schedule of tours.

  • Ohio Main Street Program Farmers’ Markets

    This summer, explore the unique downtowns and find tonight’s dinner at a farmers’ market in a Ohio Main Street & Downtown Affiliate community.

June 2

June 3

  • Main Street Kent Art & Wine Festival – Kent

    The 2017 Main Street Kent Art & Wine Festival will feature artists, wineries, food and music from all over the state of Ohio! A full day of live music, great art, delicious wine and food in downtown Kent.

  • 3rd Annual Kids Day of Safety & Play – Medina

    Join Cleveland Clinic, Medina Hospital, and Main Street Medina for a day of FREE Family Fun in the Historic District. Music, Dancing, Hands-On Activities, Strolling Performers, Artists, Games, Crafts, Cars, Trucks, Farmers Market and more!

  • Street Art Saturday – Portsmouth

    Shop, eat, and stroll down the street to see local art and hear music that reflects our community the first Saturday of summer months.

  • Troy Strawberry Festival – TroyThings to do in Ohio June 2017

    Troy, Ohio celebrates its place as the center of Ohio’s strawberry production by hosting the Annual Troy Strawberry Festival the first weekend of June. Come join us in celebrating our 41st year!

  • Kid’s Day – Wooster

    Kid’s Day celebrates the end of school and the beginning of summer. Enjoy face painting, crafts, bounce houses, an obstacle course, therapy dogs, a Hockey shoot, finger printing kits, Soap Box Derby cars, and LOTS more!

June 4

June 5

June 8

  • Ladies’ Night Out – Wooster

    Ladies’ Night will feature live music from the “Sounds of Downtown” street musicians. Passports and goodie bags will be available. All completed passports will get you entered to win one of two gift baskets filled with merchandise and git cards from the downtown retailers.

June 9

June 10

June 13

June 15

  • Knowing Your Home: Windows 101 – Lakewood

    Join LakewoodAlive and our presenter, Fred Cortright for an informative workshop about windows. We will help answer the age old question, “How do I make my windows stop leaking?!?” Our presentation will focus on repair and replacement of windows with a major focus on wooden windows.

June 16

June 17

June 19

June 23

  • Pop-Up Party – Greenville

    One of the best things about going out in a city are the crowds of people. There is an energy that exists within a crowd and we want to recreate that in downtown Greenville. There is nothing better than spontaneously running into friends, combining tables, and pulling up chairs to make room for more conversation, laughter, and fun. Everyone is invited!

June 24

  • Sauntering Day Sidewalk Sale on Second Street – Portsmouth

    Main Street Portsmouth is working with Second Street businesses to bring back sidewalk sales on June 24, to celebrate World Sauntering Day.
    Get out of the house and spend a day outdoors with the family, walking around downtown Portsmouth, and checking out some of our small businesses.

June 26

June 29

June 30

  • Thunder Over Holmes County – Millersburg

    Thunder Over Holmes County will be held June 30th and July 1st, 2017.  The Beer Garden includes 5 different Beers on Tap and Live entertainment on stage both days including Gold Fish Racing!  When the lights go down the fun continues with our fire works display at 9:45 and the bands will continue to play well into the night  Food Vendors will be on hand on the Courthouse Lawn to fill you with BBQ, Frozen Bananas and plenty more.  The shops are open and just waiting for you to stroll in and enjoy all they have to offer.  We look forward to seeing you in “The Burg”! 

What’s Happening on Main Street – May 2017

May 1

May 5

May 6

  • Downtown Piqua Clean Up Day

    Be a part of spring cleaning up downtown Piqua! There is always plenty to do so get your organization or family involved.

  • Street Art Saturday – Portsmouth

    Shop, eat, and stroll down the street to see local art and hear music that reflects our community the first Saturday of summer months.

  • Hidden Places, Secret Spaces – Marietta

    For one afternoon, you have special permission to visit areas of historic buildings that are normally off-limits so that you can explore a whole new side of Marietta!

May 11

May 12

May 13

  • Girls’ Night Out – Lebanon

    Girls, it’s time to come have some fun and shop and in Downtown Lebanon!

  • Antiques in the Alley – Millersburg

    Stroll the streets as you search for treasures to call your own. Find inspiration and ideas on how others have turned trash…into treasures. Browse antique stores or stop at the local brewery and try our local brew!

May 16

May 17

May 18

May 19

  • Taste of the Arts – Piqua

    A delightful evening of fun, music and food in downtown Piqua. Be sure to stop and see the various demonstrations in the storefronts while enjoying a variety of live music. Plus, there will be a huge selection of food options from various local restaurants and caterers.

  • Party on Main – Painesville

    Kick-off your summer in Downtown Painesville on Main Street with a huge dance party featuring the famous Disco Inferno.

May 20

May 23

May 24

May 25

  • Knowing Your Home: How to Contract A Repair – Lakewood

    This workshop will focus on the process of working with a home repair/improvement contractor. We will start with the basics of understanding your repair and then work our way through the process of getting estimates, scheduling the job and then making sure the repair has been completed in a workmanlike manner ensuring a well done job.

  • Take a Hike!: Playhouse Square Tour – Cleveland

    Known for being the second largest performing arts center in the country, Playhouse Square boasts even more than incredible theatres. Learn about the past grandeur of Euclid Avenue, renowned department stores, such as Halle’s, Bonwit Teller and Sterling Linder, important social clubs, such as The Union Club, the awe-inspiring Dazzle the District project and the historic Statler Hotel.

May 26

May 27

May 30

May 31

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What I Learned About Streetscape Construction Projects

Last week I spent an afternoon with the City of Painesville Economic Development Director and the Downtown Painesville Organization Executive Director. We were out meeting with business owners to discuss the upcoming streetscape construction project scheduled for this summer.

I learned a great deal regarding streetscape projects and what it takes to prepare for a project. It seems the main theme of the day was communication. The Painesville representatives have already done a great job of communicating the details of the project with the business owners. Projects like this are enormous undertakings and have so many moving parts that they can be hard to keep under control. While city leaders and downtown folks are typically very excited about these projects, they can be very daunting for business owners and it is imperative that they are kept in the loop. In Painesville, the business owners were contacted early regarding the project and given some rough ideas what to expect. When plans were complete, business owners were visited and construction plans were reviewed in person. This gave the business owners a chance to understand the process and how it would impact them, it also gave the city and downtown representative a chance to hear property owners concerns and address any questions. This also gives the project leaders ample time to make adjustments to suit the business owners and address concerns.

Business owners were informed when the construction would take place and how it would impact them. These impacts included reduced parking,  reduced store visibility, increased noise and dust and reduced customer access. By better understand when and what was taking place, business owners are better able to prepare. Preparation most often included communication with customers to make them aware of the impending construction and let them know the store would be open, or in some instances have them enter the store from the rear. Some business owners were also making plans for temporary signage, changes in lighting or valet parking.

We also discussed the importance of finding the right contractor for the project. There are plenty of horror stories from other towns where a contractor was not sensitive to the needs of business owners and communicated poorly. In one of the worst cases, this situation lead to business owners suing the city over lost revenue during construction.  Finding a contractor that has experience with streetscape construction is a must. This contractor must be willing to do the project in phases and try to keep the impact on business owners to a minimum. The contractor must also be willing to communicate on nearly a daily basis to keep everyone informed on the progress of the project.

Streetscape projects can and should be a tremendous benefit for a downtown or commercial business district, but if mismanaged, can be a potential debacle. I was very appreciative of the time I spent with Jen Reed and Cathy Bieterman of Painesville. I learned a great deal about what it takes to prepare for a streetscape project and feel confident that Painesville’s project will run smoothly. As always with Main Street Communities, advice and suggestions were shared from communities that have already been through the process and Painesville will share their experience with cities going through the process down the road.

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The Ohio Vacant Facilities Fund

While in Spokane, Washington at the National Trust for Historic Preservation annual conference, I, along with many other Ohio delegates, attended a session on right-sizing.  Presenter Cara Bertram, with Place Economics, conducted a survey of older industrial cities that have experienced significant population change over the last 40 years.  Cleveland, Youngstown, Dayton and Cincinnati were 4 of the 20 cities selected for the survey.[1]

We expected answers and concrete models working in other cities that we could bring back to Ohio. Instead, we learned that there currently are no success stories.  The issue of vacant properties and low population has only begun to be documented and the idea of rightsizing, or the process of reshaping physical urban fabric to meet the needs of current and anticipated populations, is only a working theory.   We discovered that dramatic population loss is being experienced across the nation, not just in older industrial cities, but also in Texas, where army bases have vacated, and also in Niagara Falls, NY where they are about to lose their city status along with a significant reduction in federal funds .  While a few facts remain constant, such as decreased population, vacant buildings, and economic decline, the available resources change dramatically from city to city and also state to state.  Essentially, Ohio needs to find creative ways to solve rightsizing issues through our own resources and funding sources because a national model is not coming any time soon.

Two Ohio cities, Sandusky and Painesville, have decided to create disincentives by using penalties to nudge people and companies to make decisions that expand the tax base.  Both cities have created vacant property registries.  The ordinance requires owners of vacant properties to sign a registry.  Part of the registry requires that the property owner indicates who the lawful owner of the property is and provide the contact information for that owner, or in the case of out of town owners, to provide the local contact for the person acting as the owner’s agent.  The property owner is then required to submit a plan for leasing the property, selling the property or developing the property.  The ordinance also requires the property owner to keep the property safe and secure and maintain the property in accordance to local standards.  As stated in the purpose of the Painesville ordinance, “(t)he purpose of this ordinance is to establish a program for identifying and registering vacant residential and commercial buildings; to determining the responsibilities of owners of vacant buildings and structures; and to speed the rehabilitation of the vacant buildings. Shifting the cost burden from the general citizenry to the owners of the blighted buildings will be the result of this ordinance.”  The key to this statement is “shifting the cost from the general citizenry to the owners of the blighted building.”  A dilapidated downtown building affects the whole city.[2]

On a statewide level, the Ohio Development Services Agency has created the Ohio Vacant Facilities Fund to create reuse incentives for vacant buildings while investing in local businesses and creating jobs.  An employer will receive $500 in grant funds for every new full-time position created in eligible facilities.  The position must last at least one year before funds will be distributed.  Funds can be used for acquisition, construction, enlargement, improvement, or equipment of the facility.  The fund has been allocated $2 million through August 2015 and will begin accepting pre-certification requests November 26.  Over the next two years, the fund has the ability to create up to 4,000 jobs.

The program can be used by all scales of employers to fill both big-boxes and main street storefronts.  For example, a bakery opens in a downtown.  They create 4 jobs after opening.  After 1 year, they are eligible for $2000, which could be used to reinvest in their equipment to meet their growing business needs.

Employers should submit a pre-certification request form, available from the Ohio Development Services Agency’s website http://development.ohio.gov/cs/cs_ovff.htm.  The request must be submitted prior to occupying the vacant facility or increasing employment in order to verify eligibility and reserve funds.  All for-profit businesses are eligible, while non-profit and governments are not eligible.  The building must be 75% or more unoccupied and available for use in trade or business for no less than 12 months.  If the building is not occupied or construction is not complete, then construction must be at least 85% or more complete and able to be lawfully occupied with a certificate of occupancy.  Also, the employer must increase employment above the Base Employment Threshold.

For more information and pre-certification request applications, please visit the agency’s website: http://development.ohio.gov/cs/cs_ovff.htm, or contact the Office of Redevelopment at historic@development.ohio.gov or call 614-995-2292.[3]

 


[1] For more information on rightsizing and a full list of all 20 cities, the report in its entirety can be found on Place Economics’ website at http://www.placeeconomics.com/services/rightsizing.

[2] This excerpt is from the article “The Price of Vacant Property” written by Jeff Siegler and can be found in the Fall 2012 issue of Revitalize Ohio.

[3] For direct assistance contact: Nathaniel Kaelin, Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program Manager, Office of Redevelopment, Community Services Division.  Nathaniel.Kaelin@development.ohio.gov or 614-995-2292.

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Combating Vacant Property Workshop

If you missed the vacant property workshop or you’d like to review the materials, you can find them all below.

 

The Legal Approach to Nuisance Property – Matthew Yourkvitch, esq.

 

The Cost of Vacant Property & Solutions You Can Use – Alison Goebel, Ph.D.

 

Sandusky’s Vacant Property Registry – Sandusky Fire Inspector Stephen Rucker

 

Painesville Vacant Property Registry – Doug Lewis and Cathy Bieterman

 

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