Downtown Farmington gets Main Street accreditation

DDA Main Street accreditation
Farmington DDA Executive Director Annette Knowles (left) and City Manager David Murphy (right) accept the DDA’s Main Street accreditation certificate from Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson (center) at a press conference in Holly, Michigan. (contributed photo)

Farmington is among 10 Main Street Oakland County communities notching a perfect program evaluation score and receive National Main Street Program accreditation.

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) met commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. According to a DDA press release, “programs are recognized for their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach.”

Main Street Oakland County which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings.

“We are grateful for the continued support from Main Street Oakland County and the National Main Street Center as we work to constantly improve Downtown Farmington,” DDA President Rachel Gallagher said in the release. “And, more importantly, we acknowledge the efforts of the multitude of volunteers it takes to make that happen.”

DDA projects initiated or completed in 2015 include:

  • Design development for wayfinding signage
  • Promotions such as Ladies Night Out, Small Business Saturday
  • Legacy events like Art on the Grand and the Harvest Moon Celebration
  • Conversion of the web site to a mobile-friendly format
  • Selection of a developer for the Brownstones at the Orchards Luxury Townhouse Apartments

During 2015, 10 new businesses located to downtown Farmington, and forty-nine new jobs were created. In addition, over $4 million was invested in private development.


“The Farmington DDA board is active and engaged in seeking positive momentum for Downtown Farmington,” DDA Executive Director Annette Knowles said. “The process is never complete – we continue to evolve as an organization to take one projects that will have lasting effects on downtown’s revitalization.”