Have you ever heard us bounce around the phrase “design service?” If you have, you might be wondering, “just what is a design service?”
As a Master Level Michigan Main Street Community, our program receives technical assistance from the state including free design services (each valued at around $3000).
Design services uncover potential. If you’ve ever visited downtown Wayland, you know that our town is full of history! Most of the buildings in our downtown district are over 100 years old. They just don’t look quite as they did when they were first built. Over time owners have added to, covered, or altered downtown buildings so much that some are hardly recognizable as historic.
This is where design services come in. Once awarded a design service, a downtown property owner works with Michigan Main Street’s design specialist to figure out the best way to bring a building to its full historic potential. Recommendations are based on research, historic photographs, and present building needs.
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