Emporia Main Street's DESIGN programs are run by a committee of volunteers along with Main Street staff. The goal of our design initiatives is to create a vibrant downtown commercial district by enhancing the district's physical and visual assets.
Our design programs work to improve downtown buildings, parking areas, street furniture, signs, sidewalks, street lights, and landscaping. Our design programs also help individual business owners with building design, window display implementation, education, and advice. All design activities are focused on making downtown a welcoming place for residents and visitors, and a place for businesses to thrive.
Additionally, the Design Committee works to preserve the legacy and stories of the Downtown Historic District through a variety of historic preservation activities.
Other Design Committe Projects
Our design programs seek to create a pleasant, welcoming environment downtown, which draws shoppers, residents, and visitors. This ultimately benefits not just downtown, but our community as a whole.
Design Committee Volunteers
Twin Rivers Winery & City Commissioner
Hispanics of Today and Tomorrow
The Design Committee perfect for creative types who are willing to their hands dirty, as well those who are interested in or knowledgable about Emporia's history. Click the button below if you'd like to join!
It’s that magical time of year! Weather starts cooling down, people start thinking about holidays and businesses start promoting themselves to seasonal shoppers. As you enter the 4th Quarter (October, November, and December) it is important to do a “check” of several items relating to your business that enable you to emphasize your brand. Whether…Continue Reading >
Economies change quickly, and some of our purpose built structures (gas stations, banks, video stores) have a difficult time withstanding adaptations in consumer fads. Housing is changing, and entire blocks can suffer when a design that is inconsistent with the architecture in the immediate area is introduced. While modern zoning and codes are based on…Continue Reading >
1. Walk around the envelope of your building. The whole building… Front, back, (if you are on a corner or adjacent to a breezeway) side and look at your building from a basic cleanliness standpoint. Paint what needs painted, clean what needs cleaned, design your windows in a fashion that highlights your business. Trash (including the…Continue Reading >
Emporia is the Founding City of Veterans Day. Our community holds many activities throughout the year to help support and honor those who have served. In 2014, Emporia Main Street adopted the Veterans Banner Project, an initiative that helps raise funds for local Veterans Program as well as offering a new way to celebrate those…Continue Reading >
Emporia Downtown Redevelopment Group, LLC announced a major new addition to downtown Emporia. The Roosevelt Plaza & Lofts & Legacy Lofts, a new mixed use development containing forty-seven residential units and 2,700 square feet of commercial space will locate on the northeast corner of 11th Avenue and Commercial Street. Cory Haag, the managing partner of the…Continue Reading >
Last week, we asked you a question: “what type of city would you like to live in?” To contextualize the question, we gave you four different options that we classified as W, O, R and S types of cities. Before we get into your selection, and what that selection means for Emporia, take a chance…Continue Reading >