Downtown Economic Impact

Friday, August 22, 2014

Since July 2010, when Dodge City became a Main Street community, we have been keeping track of the flow of businesses, job creation, dollars being invested and volunteer hours that all contribute to the revitalization of our downtown area. Below is the current and up-to-date statistics of what has been accomplished in the downtown over this time frame.

Public/Private Reinvestment: $1,731,793
Volunteer Hours: 4,006
Volunteer Contribution in Dollars: $62,225
Net New Businesses/Jobs Created: 12/25

Downtown Improvement Program

Launched in 2011 with funding from the Why Not Dodge Sales Tax fund, the Downtown Revitalization Improvement Program offers a 50/50 exterior grant up to $10,000 or a 50/50 zero-percent interest loan up to $10,000 to any downtown property owner who is a member of Main Street to help make repairs and improvements to the downtown buildings.

Exterior Grants Awarded: 17
Amount Awarded: $77,501.96

Interior Loans Awarded: 2
Amount Awarded: $20,000

Total Amount Leveraged from Private Businesses (Estimated) : $201,879.00

Over the last few months, the downtown improvement program has helped complete several downtown improvements projects. These include:

  • Michael & Liliana Zuniga, owners of West Coast Plaza at 601 N. 2nd Avenue, recently purchased the properties located on 605-609 N. 2nd Avenue as well as 306-308 Gunsmoke Avenue. They received an exterior 50/50 grant, as well as an interior zero-percent interest loan, to remove all the aluminum awnings and siding on 605-609 N. 2nd Avenue, purchase new signage, replace the flooring in all three storefronts, as well as make repairs to all the walls and ceilings.   In addition, Michael & Liliana also received a 50/50 exterior grant to help remove the aluminum awning and siding off 306-308 Gunsmoke and restore the original brick façade. Interiorimprovements were also made to the two storefronts as well. Future plans include restoring the second-story apartments located above 605-609 N. 2nd Avenue.
  • John Hawkins, with Hawkins Investments, Inc. and owner of 320 W. Wyatt Earp where Pizza Hut is located, recently purchased the properties located at 313-319 Gunsmoke. John has received a 50/50 exterior grant, as well as an interior zero-percent interest loan to make initial repairs to the exterior windows on the Gunsmoke properties, as well as make several mechanical upgrades to the buildings as well. Future projects include building three apartments above the property located at 320 W. Wyatt Earp.
  • You-nique Elements Photography, a new business to the downtown district, is located at 607 N. 2nd Avenue and offers and large variety of photography sessions with everything from newborn and family to senior portraits.
  • Martinez Sewing, a current downtown business located along Front Street, will be relocating to 609 N. 2nd Avenue beginning September 1st.
  • The Antique Mall, also new to the downtown district, will be moving into the recently renovated space on 308 Gunsmoke Avenue beginning September 1st.
  • Tri-County Insurance, ran by John Hawkins, has recently renovated and moved into the property located 317 Gunsmoke Avenue.
  • Dulcelandia, originally located at 609 N. 2nd Avenue, has filled the vacant storefront at 504 N. 2nd Avenue, and will be celebrating it’s Grand Opening in the new location on Saturday, August 16th.

New Businesses/Business Relocations

With all the recent improvements made to several of the downtown properties, there have been several new businesses or business relocations take place within the downtown historic district. These include:

  • You-nique Elements Photography, a new business to the downtown district, is located at 607 N. 2nd Avenue and offers and large variety of photography sessions with everything from newborn and family to senior portraits.
  • Martinez Sewing, a current downtown business located along Front Street, will be relocating to 609 N. 2nd Avenue beginning September 1st.
  • The Antique Mall, also new to the downtown district, will be moving into the recently renovated space on 308 Gunsmoke Avenue beginning September 1st.
  • Tri-County Insurance, ran by John Hawkins, has recently renovated and moved into the property located 317 Gunsmoke Avenue.
  • Dulcelandia, originally located at 609 N. 2nd Avenue, has filled the vacant storefront at 504 N. 2nd Avenue, and will be celebrating it’s Grand Opening in the new location on Saturday, August 16th.

Ray’s Clock Shop, located at 108 Front Street, recently opened in the downtown area and offers a large variety of clock repair services.