Horizon Park Waterfront improvements including universal design canoe/kayak launch
and courtesy docks received a grant from Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) $120,700 in Winter 2013-14, and A Wayne county CDBG grant in 2015. Total project estimated at $220,000. Summer of 2015 construction.
Booville in Belleville launched October 2014, a month long celebration of Harvest and Halloween with over 20 events presented by community nonprofit organizations. DDA
support includes downtown decorations plus promotions, cost $6800.
Belleville SOUP Project, a grassroots fundraising activity with BHS New Tech. Students pitch their ideas for downtown at a community supper and attendees select the winning
project. Started in March 2014, now an annual event with $500 project grant each year.
Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit installed throughout downtown in partnership with Midwest Sculpture Initiative from Spring 2014- Spring 2015. Support from DDA and numerous Public
Art Partner sponsors. Cost $9700.
Downtown Wayfinding Signs designed in 2013 and installed May 2014. Cost $19,000.
Doane's Landing benches refinished, replacing wooden seats and back with weather resistant low maintenance surfaces, and launched Bench Sponsorship program. Fall of 2012, cost $4200
LED Street Lighting Retrofit LED street lighting in the vintage light poles throughout downtown. A Lighting Demonstration Project at two downtown sites allowed citizens to view samples of the proposed LED lighting; 76% of those responding to the survey preferred the
new LED. Cost $65,090. Completed Summer 2012.
New Doane's Landing Railings and Benches Replace deteriorated fencing at Doane's Landing with new lifetime warranty fence matching the new streetscape. Cost $27,300, completed Spring 2012.
New Belleville Gateway Sign A monument style sign installed at the foot of the Belleville Bridge. The sign, originally designed by the late Chesley Odum, was dedicated to Mr. Odum
at the August 2011 Bridgewalk. Tom Tinsley of Contract Welding created and donated the sign's metal work. Cost $40,000.
Main Street and Downtown Improvements
2010 - 2011
--Constructed a new streetscape on Main Street, Five Points and South Street
--Rebuilt and paved Main Street from bridge to Five Points
--Five Points, South Street and side streets received concrete repairs and/or asphalt overlays.
2009- Replaced aging City water main under Main Street.
Entire Main Street/Downtown Improvment Project financed with $4.2 million bond; plus
stimulus funding: Wayne County Federal Aid Committee/FAC road paving grant $675,000,
and MDOT TE
streetscape grant for $437,300.
Village Park Paths
Engineered and constructed new asphalt pathways for Village Park in Fall of 2010. Project
New Community Events LED Message Board
Purchased LED electronic message board to replace Community Events sign. New
sign frame created and donated by Tom Tinsley of Contract Welding in Belleville.
Project cost $45,250.
New Park Signs
Constructed to match the new Horizon Park signs. New signs placed December 2009 at Doane's Landing, Victory Park and Village Park. Project cost $12,500
Downtown Marketing Campaign and website: Buyitinbelleville.com
New brand - Belleville Downtown on the Lake - designed with public
launched Spring 2009. Campaign includes events, promotions, new street pole banners,
a Buy It In Belleville loyalty card and web site.
Project cost $25,000, with additional
annual investment of $12-15,000.