SDBA and Mexicantown Community Development revive Main Street Program

MexicanTown-largeThe program supports the Mexicantown brand by engaging businesses, nonprofit organizations and residents in the Mexicantown-Hubbard Communities Commercial District

 The Southwest Detroit Business Association (SDBA) and the Mexicantown Community Development Corporation (MCDC) today announced the reactivation of the Mexicantown-Hubbard Communities (MHC) Main Street Program. The program, which is funded by two LISC Building Sustainable Communities Early Action Grants, will support the Mexicantown brand by engaging businesses, community organizations and residents within the Mexicantown-Hubbard Communities Commercial District.

 “Mexicantown is the authentic heart of the Mexican culture in southeast Michigan,” said SDBA President Kathy Wendler. “We are thrilled that this meaningful program will help reinvigorate the local business community and serve as a platform to reintroduce the wonderful events and activities that showcase this amazing community. Importantly, the program also will help us welcome the many new businesses moving into the Mexicantown area.”

The initial Main Street Program objectives will include creating a printed and digital marketing brochure with a detailed map and listing of all businesses, nonprofit organizations and cultural events in the Mexicantown-Hubbard Communities Commercial District. The SDBA also will plan and orchestrate a variety of activities to build and engage the local community, which will include securing feedback for the revitalization of the viaduct on W. Vernor Hwy. between Mexicantown and Corktown as well as other proposed projects in the area.

Detroit LISC has invested more than $30 million in community development projects in Southwest Detroit and recently provided a $25,000 grant to fund eight Early Action Projects in the neighborhoods of Corktown, Mexicantown and the Hubbard Communities in Southwest Detroit as part of a year-long Quality of Life planning process to be concluded this summer.

“LISC is pleased to provide startup funding for the reactivation of the Main Street Program in Southwest Detroit,” said Detroit LISC Executive Director Tahirih Ziegler. ‘The promotion of the unique Mexicantown brand is critical to strengthening the commercial corridors along W. Vernor and Bagley Avenues which are important contributors to Detroit’s regional economy,’ she continued.

A panel of local business and community leaders will serve as the MHC Main Street Program Advisory Group and other working committees to provide strategic guidance for the program. The members include: MCDC Board Member Ray Lozano, SDBA President Kathy Wendler and Business and Property Owner, Mexicantown Bakery and Armando’s Restaurant, Omar Hernandez. The boundaries for the Mexicantown-Hubbard Communities Commercial District are W. Vernor Hwy. from Clark St. to 18th St., and Bagley Ave. from 24th St. to 16th St.

“Mexicantown Community Development Corporation is excited to collaborate with SDBA in the revitalization of the Main Street Program, which in its inception proved to be very valuable to existing businesses,” said MCDC Board Chair Fern Espino. “This program will bring much neglected attention to the vibrancy, robustness and positive energy of this destination place called Mexicantown—its unique businesses, restaurants, bakeries and diverse communities all working together for the benefit of all. Onward to success with the revitalization of the Main Street Program in Mexicantown! Adelante!”

The MHC Main Street Program was active from 2002-2008 under the Detroit Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Commercial Revitalization (ONCR) Program. ONCR was a collaborative effort between government, foundations, community organizations and the private sector as a catalyst for improvement of Detroit’s commercial strips.

MHC was a designated by ONRC as a Re$tore Detroit Program to receive grants and technical assistance to hire commercial revitalization professionals, create cultural events, promote the area, improve facades and recruit and revitalize new businesses. Then in 2005, MHC was designated a Main Street Program under the National Main Street Center guidelines where it received grants.

For more information about the MHC Main Street program, contact SDBA Director of Business District Development and Façade Improvement Manager Myrna Segura-Beltchenko at

(313) 842-0986 or


About Detroit LISC

Detroit is home to one of 30 local urban offices of LISC, a national organization dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity—good places to work, do business, and raise children. LISC combines corporate, government and philanthropic resources to help nonprofit community development corporations revitalize distressed neighborhoods. Since 1990, LISC has invested more than $207 million in Detroit communities, creating 4,534 units of affordable housing and 2.4 million square feet of commercial space and leveraging more than $1 billion dollars in development costs. For more information, please visit


About the Mexicantown Community Development Corporation

Mexicantown Community Development Corporation (MCDC) is a not-for-profit organization formed in 1989 to foster economic development in the Hispanic community of Southwest Detroit. MDCD’s community mission includes promoting local businesses to a broad audience, create cultural education and enrichment events, improve parks and streetscapes, increase economic self-sufficiency and reuse vacant land for new development.


About the Southwest Detroit Business Association

The Southwest Detroit Business Association (SDBA) fosters innovation, drive and commitment in the Southwest Detroit community. Established in 1957, it supports the community’s vision for a healthy, vibrant neighborhood. SDBA works with local businesses, investors, entrepreneurs, customers and neighbors to develop a place where more and more people are choosing to live, work, shop and play – a place where you find Business Building Business and Community Building Business. For more information, visit


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