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We work to re-use vacant buildings, identify available opportunities, and recruit new businesses to diversify the retail offerings of our Main Street.
Pekin Main Street uses the Main Street approach of incremental change and progress. This approach uses four elements to impove Pekin's downtown.
Pekin Main Street has a board of directors made up of local merchants and friends. Our board, staff and volunteers work together to improve Main Street.
Our organization works to promote a positive image of Main Street. We market the unique qualities of our Main Street to residents, businesses, and visitors. We also organize retail promotions and special events like the Super Cruise, Friday Night Family Fest, & Christmas on Court.
Together we work to make our Main Street an inviting place for visitors. This includes landscaping, banners, Christmas decor, facade improvements, as well as new retail displays.
Over time the economy of our Main Street has evolved. We work to re-use vacant buildings, identify available opportunities, and recruit new businesses to diversify the retail offerings of our downtown.
Pekin Main Street is committed to the success of downtown revitalization and business support. By partnering with the City of Pekin, we are able to offer businesses programs to better assist building owners in revitalizing their building. These programs include Facade Grants and Commercial Retail / Upper Story Loft Living incentives. Some Eligible Loan uses include upgrading electical systems, plumbing, HVAC, sprinkler systems, elevators, walls, plaster, paint, framing, flooring, door installation, kitchen and bath, upgrade of windows, and architectural renderings and consultations.
Together we can all enjoy the benefits of a thriving downtown district.