If you are interested in the preservation of historic buildings in Charlevoix County, you won’t want to miss our September, 2010 program with speakers David White, former City Manager for the City of East Jordan, and Tom Johnson, who for 21 years provided leadership for the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance from his Boyne City office.  Through their Michigan based company, Landmark Development, combined with 45 years experience in real estate development, public administration and community development, their unique talents and experience allow them to create high quality redevelopment projects.  At this program, Dave and Tom will tell about the renovation of the former Dahlquist Store Building in East Jordan, home now to several businesses, the Chamber of Commerce office and a Community Bank, and conclude with a guided tour of the Main Street Center Building.

The Historic Main Street Center Building is an excellent example of historic building preservation in Charlevoix County.  Constructed at the turn of the twentieth century, the Votuba Grocery and Porter Lumber Company Buildings were in many ways the heart of the then booming lumbering town of East Jordan.   Concerned about the future of these critical downtown buildings, the city of East Jordan began investigating redevelopment tools and incentives that would help market the buildings as investment opportunities. By discovering a variety of funding sources that would be available, including the federal historic preservation tax credits, and identifying a forward thinking developer, the city created a situation capable of producing great change.  The city of East Jordan and Main Street Properties of East Jordan LLC, led by Floyd Wright, supported by the Charlevoix State Bank, and assisted by architect Greg Presley of Northville, planned and carried out the rehabilitation, thus creating new downtown commercial opportunities. This project won the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation in 2007.  Dave and Tom will also discuss Landmark’s current plans for developing an adoptive reuse and renovation of the historic Dilworth hotel in Boyne City, and financing methods for a new hotel on a Brownfield site in East Jordan.

The program will be held in the Senior Citizen’s Center in downtown East Jordan at 7:00 pm.