Property Owners Information
Historic Downtown Pocatello works for you, our property owners, to strengthen and continue to redevelop Downtown Pocatello.
What have we done?
- $1.8 Million of Community Development Block Grant Funding
- Over $14 Million in Private Investment through rehabilitation & construction
- Over $17 Million in Public Investment
- Increased Property Values - 2012 Operation Facelift Gate City Boxing Building
- Increased Occupancy
- Greenspace Development - Dudunake Park, old JC Penney Parking Lot, Pocatello High School Parking Lot, Old Town Pavilion, Leadership Pocatello Park, landscape improvements at Simplot Square, Old Town Bark Park
- Parking Lot Enhancements - LED lighting, landscape improvement/replacement along N. Union Pacific Ave.
- Beautification - holiday decorations, blue garbage cans, blue benches, hanging flower baskets, trees, tree lights
- Public Art - Passages of Time Sculpture, 29 Literary Pavers, Trappers Park Public Art, High Winds Outdoor Gallery
Current Projects -
- Center Street Underpass Design Concept Project incorporating new parking lot along the 100 Block of South Union Pacific Avenue.
- Work with the City of Pocatello to utilize Community Development Block Grant money for sidewalk, curb and gutter replacement on the 300-500 blocks of North Main Street.
- Work to encourage facade projects at five additional sites - Operation Facelift 2013
- Proceed with 300 Block Model Project which incorporates facade projects on both front and backsides of buildings and development of public green space.
- Landscape improvements at Eastside parking lot including kiosk sign with map and brochures. Additional trash cans & benches.
- Commissioned piece of public art at the Old Town Pavilion.
Why a strong and developing downtown area is important -
"Why should we invest in downtown?" Great question! The Old Town area is an important and worthwhile investment in the economic health and quality of life in your community.
- Downtown is a symbol of community economic health, local quality of life, pride, and community history. These are all factors in industrial, commercial and professional recruitment.
- A vital Downtown retains and creates jobs, which also means a stronger tax base. Long-term revitalization establishes capable businesses that use public services and provide tax revenues for the community.
- Downtown is also a good incubator for new small businesses – the building blocks of a healthy economy. Strip centers and malls are often too expensive for new entrepreneurs.
- A vital Downtown area reduces sprawl by concentrating retail in one area and uses community resources wisely, such as infrastructure, tax dollars and land.
- A healthy Downtown core protects property values in surrounding residential neighborhoods.
- The traditional commercial district is an ideal location for independent businesses, which in turn:
Keep profits in town. Chain businesses send profits out of town.
Supports local families with family-owned businesses.
Supports local community projects, such as ball teams and schools.
- Provide an extremely stable economic foundation, as opposed to a few large businesses and chains with no ties to stay in the community.
- A revitalized Downtown increases the community’s options for goods and services: whether for basic staples, like clothing, food and professional services or less traditional function such as housing and entertainment.
- Many Downtown districts become tourist attractions by virtue of the character of buildings, location, selection of unique businesses, and events held there.
Source: National Main Street Program sponsored by
The National Trust For Historic Preservation.
Historic Downtown Pocatello
420 N Main St
Pocatello, ID 83204
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Small Business Month
Shop Small and Support Local. Whether you choose to shop and dine in person, order a gift card on-line, pick up take out or curbside, the locally owned and operated businesses in our community would love your support. Keep your dollars local and help your neighbors have a bright holiday season.
First Friday Art Walk - Stroll & Shop
On Friday, December 4, many of our merchants will be open extended hours, until 8pm, for your shopping convenience. Stroll through the Downtown area and find the perfect gift for your loved ones. Shop Small! Shop Local! Share the love this Holiday Season!
Pictures With Santa!
Santa will be back Downtown on Friday, December 4 during First Friday Art Walk, from 5-8pm! He will be located inside the beautiful picture window at Kanda’s & Company, 159 S. Main. Stroll by for a photo. The mail box will be out for kids to drop in their letters to Santa.
In addition to Friday, Santa’s visits Downtown will include Saturday, December 12, Noon to 3pm, Saturday, December 19, 3-5pm and Wednesday, December 23, 2-5pm. On the 12th, Santa will be joined by several of his friends, also in windows. The Grinch will be located at Station Square. Ruddy The Reindeer will be at Poky Dot Boutique. And, Frosty will be at The Elwen Cottage.
Relight the Night Historic Neon Sign Project
Relight the Night is in the process of raising funds for our next neon sign restoration. To help make this next sign relighting possible click on the Donate Now button below. Thank you!
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