Main Street Middletown is a 501c3 nonprofit organization enhancing the quality of life and economic vitality of the community. Our effort stems from the Main Street® initiative at the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This program brings citizens, businesses, government, and statewide partners together, working to support historic downtown areas.
We received our Main Street® designation in 2009 from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. Main Street® programs exist across the nation, making us part of a collective mission. This mission includes preserving a community’s distinctive history through savvy economic development strategies. When small towns embrace their heritage and infrastructure, a sense of pride resonates throughout a community, which spurs additional development and increased tourism to the area. As a result, residents and tourists experience an ambiance that only Middletown, Maryland can offer.
Main Street Middletown utilizes the Main Street Four Point Approach® and Maryland’s Fifth Point on Sustainability. These program areas serve as the foundation for our local revitalization efforts.
We are a nonprofit organization with a volunteer Board of Trustees who are the driving force behind our efforts. Our Main Street Manager is the public face of the organization and carries out the goals of the Board.
We strive to give the whole world a taste of Middletown by strategically marketing our community, highlighting its business components and recreational features.
The National Main Street® program’s revitalization philosophy is centered on the preservation of natural and historic beauty. Our valley has much beauty and history to emphasize and protect. From the Victorian architecture of our buildings, banners hung to celebrate special events, and the light poles that line our streets, Main Street Middletown actively works to promote the town’s unique visual appeal.
We want our businesses to flourish. Main Street Middletown works to provide necessary support for all businesses, including assistance in acquiring special loans. We ‘re connectors; facilitating opportunities for businesses to interact and cross promote, encouraging industries to work together to bring commerce to our valley.
Clean, Safe, and Green:
Growth is managed strategically with the necessary innovation and planning. We believe preservation and development can and should be achieved sustainably
A Sampling of How We Implement these Program Areas:
The Façade Improvement Program:
The Façade Improvement Program allows property owners to take on maintenance projects to the exterior of their building. Main Street Middletown provides up to 50% of the maintenance costs as long as the project retains the historic character of the building and fits within our grant award (each year). For FY 2018, we have $50,000.
Maintaining and Sustaining Our Unique Architectural Character:
This book was written by the Main Street Design Committee to introduce architectural styles most found in Middletown along with best practices on how to preserve those features. The book is for sale at Town Hall.
To get a head start on the upcoming construction, Main Street Middletown put together this resource booklet for the Main Street businesses: The Construction Survival Guide (click here to link to the document).
Planter Program – upcoming
Main Street Middletown has secured grant funding to purchase sustainable planters that require 2/3 less water than regular planters. We’ll be contacting property owners in the upcoming year about placing planters along the sidewalks to beautify Main Street.
The Town of Middletown created the Heritage Gallery as a welcoming center for residents and tourists alike to delve into our history. Main Street Middletown assists with the curation and rotation of artifacts and exhibits.